Is Snow falling down? Or will Snow land on top? I put off reading this prequel. After all, Snow is probably one of if not my least favorite characters. Give it 50 pages, I told myself. If it is not working, you can DNF and return it to the library. Then I started reading. Suzanne Collins did an amazing job of sketching out the origins of the Hunger Games we know and still hiding surprises galore. I gave up trying to guess how it would end. When I got to that last page, the ending was even more appropriate than I imagined. So many pieces have been put in place. It is like a laser pointer aimed straight at Katniss Everdeen. This would be a fascinating book to discuss with a book group. The debates that could be had regarding courage, conflict and contract. . . I know I am going against popular opinion, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.