The first book focused more on the aspect of the games -- so it was fast and furious, a real page-turner. This second installment focused more on fleshing out the relationship aspects of all the main characters, but the story is by no means slow. In addition, there's the matter of inciting an uprising and determining where loyalties lie, with surprises at every turn. Great read! 5 stars from me! Looking forward to finishing up the 'Hunger Games' series, with the third book 'Mockingjay'.