The last book was a bit of a disappointment in the plot development and the ending. I found the plot development slow and boring while trying to cram too many small details into one book. Some of the deaths seemed unnecessary and unfair. Though I understand Prim's death was a very emotional event that really affected Katniss, I did not find it essential to the plot and feel that they could have conveyed how horrific the violence being done to children was in a different way. The ending also seems contradictory to the object of and praise received by the series. The strong female lead character ends up married, with children. Not that her and Peeta don't deserve their happiness, but they act as though they live in a worriless world, despite the continued horror occurring in Panem and especially the Capitol.
The second book was a perfect combination of the Games, Katniss' relationships, and an evolving rebellion. This book was the most exciting to read because it switched back and forth from the calmer troubles, like the choice between Gale and Peeta and learning how to go back to normal life, and the exciting emerging problems of uprisings and Peacekeeper brutality. The arena for the 74th Hunger Games was very intriguing. Unlike the obstacles of the games in the first book which seemed a bit random, these games had a puzzle to figure out which potentially fatal challenge came next. It was fun to read along as the tributes slowly pieced the puzzle together. Suzanne Collins developed very likable characters, making it nearly impossible to not feel sympathy for Mags and Gale. Unlike in the last book, when it was harder to feel sympathy for anyone but Prim.