This is one of those rare instances where I can say I really enjoyed the movie a lot more than I did the book, and I think the actors had a lot to do with it. I was surprised to find myself invested in aspects of the story that didn’t really grab me when I read the book. I read the book a second time before watching the movie, and I still wasn’t blown away by it, so needless to say I walked into this movie with low expectations.
After leaving the theater, however, I felt compelled to read the second book again. Of course, I haven’t done so because I have a long list of other books to read, in addition to not having a whole lot of time to read them all at the moment.