The book actually started out with a little bit of promise. Back in District 12 and talks of an uprising. The uprising makes sense. I expect this. It's obvious. Ominous meetings with President Snow (what is with the blood on his breath by the way?), change of Peacekeepers that are no longer friendly, whippings and beatings of criminals, unrest in the other Districts, etc. And of course the obligatory issues between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. (I'm sick to death of love triangles by the way. Thank you Stephanie Meyer for beating that one into everyone's skull with not only Twilight, but the Host.)
But throwing them back into another Hunger Games? That's your big twist? Shock and suspense!
...No, not really. Because it was the exact same scenario. Katniss is exactly the same. She hasn't grown at all as a character. It's supposed to be a year after the Games. She is a year older. The Games themselves should have done something to her personality. But no. It's like only a month or two has passed.
As soon as I got to the announcement of the Quarter Quell I wanted to stop reading. From then on it was just like reading the first book, just a different arena and different people. It even started out with Katniss worrying about dehydration again! The only good thing about the Games the second time around is the other tributes. I like Finnick, Mags, Wiress and Beetee. Johanna's a bitch, but I kind of like her too. They seem like real people. And Cinna is probably my favorite character in the book.
I think mediocre is a pretty good word to sum up this book. I'm still going to read Mockingjay just to see how it ends, but I'm not holding out any hope that it's going to be all that great.