1.5 stars *Headdesk and weary wave*Hey there…Fuck, could this book be anymore rushed if it tried? I mean seriously? It was not the ending that the first half of the book deserved. At all!I really, really enjoyed the set up of this book, much the same way as I did the setting up of the first of this trilogy. I feel cheated. I feel wronged. And I’m not angry about that. Rather, I’m those words that no child wants to hear from their mother… I am very disappointed.This series, as of the first 2 books, deserves to be so much better than it is. It deserves to be up there with well written YA titles the likes of which are all too rare as of late. And it isn’t. Once again I was inundated with passive story telling that kept the reader, me, feeling very much detached from the action of the story. Once again I was relayed every single piece of relevant information by Katniss and her bland, simplistic and (more so when thinking about Peeta, Gale, President Snow, District 12… and pretty much anyone more intelligent than her) increasingly self absorbed, whiny narrative.I think that the biggest cause of this problem is that tense of the writing. First person, present tense… I can think of no surer way to kill any and all interactions between the reader and the main character. I felt pretty much no emotional connection to any of the characters whatsoever. Which is a pity because some of them are damned likable but they aren’t given the chance to become the fleshy, rounded, full characters that they deserve to be. They more and more appear to be just set dressings put in place to piss off Katniss.I liked the revolutionary tone of this novel a whole lot, no really I did. I love revolution stories. They show in one tale both the best and the very worst of humanity. Yet here all we seem to see is the very best of intentions… doing pretty much fuck all. Why? Why can’t this be made more satisfying? Why is there so much hype over the graphic nature of the games? Why is there this pointless love triangle?The games, this time the 75th, don’t kick off until well after the halfway point… Dafuq? What? If this instalment is supposed to be the springboard into the revolutionary story that I now suspect that the third is meant to be, and if a plot setup in the games is meant to be the springboard into that revolution proper… then why is so much time spent with Katniss feeling sorry for herself, in bed, trying to pick between two boys? Rather than the games and their aftermath? And in the games, why did it feel that Katniss and Co spend the vast majority of their time on the beach… eating fresh seafood and gifted bread?Once again I was expecting at least some graphic death in this, especially from what I had been promised by other readers, but there was none. You see more graphic violence in Tom and Jerry for Christ’s sake. Yes I admit, I was glad that Katniss was finally starting to think like a killer, rather than just a girl hunting in the wood. But again, I think she only actually kills one, maybe two people. The rest of the death happens again, largely out of her sphere of vision. There were some parts that almost got me excited. Mutated bloodthirsty orang-utans, acidic nerve gas fog, the hint of some sort of unknown beast… but we are told of the first two examples only once, and not in any great detail.I understand that it takes time to start a revolution but really, can we try to balance the two areas of the storyline? Please? Can we at least make it interesting? This book was starting to stagnate by the point of the games opening… by the end I was thoroughly bored and felt that I had been forced out of the book without being given an ending that was rounded and finished.I’m not going to say that this is the worst YA book that I have read of late because really, it isn’t but it should be better. Once again I almost liked it. It was OK… It would make a good brain balm after a heavy read. But really and truly… it fails to deliver in my opinion.Happy ReadingArcher.