If I'd written this novel, I probably would have tweaked it to get milestones that more obviously connect. But you still get a good overview of the plot's progression, even if the first plot turn doesn't follow logically from the inciting incident. The attenuation is a peril of long, long narratives like this one.
The Milestone Archive
Notice that the romance does not crop up until the conclusion. This is because the main narrative arc is not about the romance. It's about Kelsier's and Vin's roles in overthrowing the Lord Ruler--and about Vin's development as a whole person.
At some point, I'll have to milestone the original trilogy as a unit. For now, make do with separation.
Brandon likes to say he doesn't follow three-act structure (which is usually four-stage structure, which is milestone structure), but in the end, he does.
Long reads with long stretches between milestones, but if you know where to look, there they are.
Conspicuously absent from this chart is the moment Prim is reaped and Katniss volunteers. That's because the book-level arc is not about saving Prim or competing in the Games. At book level, Prim's selection is setup for the world and Katniss' sacrifice is setup of the protagonist's character. At book level, being in the Games puts Katniss into direct conflict with the government she will eventually help to overthrow and gives her the motivation and leverage she needs to play her part in the struggle for freedom.
The only remotely untoward element in this chart is the resolution: Thorin recounting Smaug's arrival at the Mountain. But remember that the conclusion of this chapter is Bilbo's decision not to go with the dwarves. Hearing about the dragon's ferocity pushes him pretty far toward choosing to stay home.
This is a good example of how milestone structure manifests at several levels. The Lord of the Rings milestones well, each of the books milestones well, and, based on this example, the chapters milestone well.
Yeah, literary fiction is heavy stuff. There are all those themes and symbols and stuff. This story uses the wrongful trial of a Japanese-American, who fought in Europe during World War II and whose people were interned shortly after Pearl Harbor, to explore ways in which people are inscrutable and removed from each other.