This book is pretty slow in the beginning. I would have to say out of the 3 books in the trilogy this one is my least favorite (although it is still worth reading if you have read the first 2). Katniss was a bit whiny in the first half of the book. Some things happened that I was not very happy about. I like how at the very end the author goes ahead in the future so you can see what Katniss's life had become.