Rating (1 to 5): 3.5
(I could have rounded this up to 4 stars, I suppose, but I just didn't feel like it should get the same rating as its predecessor.)
This book was very predictable. Maybe not every detail, but once the story was set in motion, I knew where it was going in order for a third book to be possible. I still enjoyed reading it, and I liked the concept of the arena in this one. The clockwork of it made it less suspenseful, but I guess that was necessary for the plot. Overall, it was a good setup for the third book, which is really all they could do with the story.