I don’t think I liked this book quite as much as the first. One of the things that made the first book so good was that the main protagonists, Sullivan and Faye, didn’t know who the good guys were, so they acted independently until they figured it out. In this book, right from the beginning, there’s a clear line between the good guys and the bad guys. The ambiguity is missing, so the story became a little more predictable. That’s not to say that the book isn’t very good, because it is. I just wish that the author had been able to find a way to keep me a little more in the dark.
There were some nice improvements over the first book as well. The lengthy passages about guns weren’t as prevalent, which was nice for a non-enthusiast like myself. It also became clear that the characters had matured a bit between books. Their core personalities hadn’t changed, but the experiences of the first book changed them in subtle ways that added depth to the characters. The story was good, though not quite as engaging as the first book, but it did set the stage quite nicely for the concluding book.
I went through this book really fast, so I’m still processing it a little. Overall, I think it falls into the same problems that many middle of a trilogy books have. It doesn’t quite stand on it’s own like the first book, but it doesn’t offer the satisfying conclusions found in the third book. The characters grow, and pieces are moved around, but overall, not too much happens to progress the larger story. I’m looking forward to reading the third book, and I hope that it’s as good as the first two have been.