Okay, so I reread this a couple days ago and had to take it down a couple stars. What really kills me is the fact that the characters are all flatter than my online chemistry textbook. They're all either "good" or "bad," when the reality is that no one can be just good or bad— maybe too much Speaker of the Dead influence?
The second problem is that Jacques goes straight ahead and kills people off. Not necessarily bad except that few characters (who died) had real personalities and depth. So it's just really annoying.
Maybe it was just so exciting the first time I read it...