I still haven't picked up the sequels yet.

You're right, though. It's not so perfectly written, but that fits the character, the story line, etc. My history teacher pulled up an excerpt of "Absalom, Absalom" to show us how long, and just about perfect, Whitman's sentences could be. Then he pulled up an of a piece by Hemingway to show us the short choppy sentences that still sounded just as good as the long, flowing ones. Each style fit the story. I feel like Collins did a great job with that.

I hope this is your year, too! I gave up trying to write a while back. I have wonderful ideas, but I tear myself down every time I try. I feel like I write on a fifth grade level. I could probably write YA decently, but I keep aiming for more adult-like content, you know? Maybe when I'm finally done with college, I'll pick the pen back up.
Well, I say if you want to write, do it when you can if for no other reason that the practice!! You know, there's a trillion people out there all writing books, some say there are more writers than there are readers. Point being, practice, practice, practice. Only very few will ever succeed from a writing for a living standpoint.