In the books defense that's only 40 pages.I've tried, twice. Furthest I've made it was the third or fourth chapter of the first book.
I will say it doesn't open up until Chapter 9. But it took until the passage to enthrall. That's where it hooked me. But I appreciate it's not for everyone.
The biggest problem I had is the first book is decent but it's really the final two that make the series for me. It takes it from hunger games/battle royal to almost Game of thrones lite in space.
That first book is almost all world building and I did almost quit the series because of it. Just went and looked and the passage is much further in than I remember, chapter 19, but if you can get to there, you're Golden.