Dark and sad. I found myself crying more than once. And I didn't care terribly for the ending. This is one series where I would have liked an epilogue, because to have it end where it did was just depressing... although I guess it was just open enough to leave room for hope. At least that's what I'm going to tell myself.That aside, as a whole, I think this was the best book after the first one. If my rating doesn't reflect that, it's because of the sad mood I've been left in after turning the last page. I literally sat pressing the button 4-5 times, because I couldn't believe this was the end. Lizzie was amazing in this one, and I loved how Suzanne Collins planted small seeds in earlier books to create a relationship between her and Ripred. Beautiful :)An excellent series. I'm glad to have read it.