If you have not read book one, you need to in order to understand this book. If you've read book one but don't remember a lot, go back and read it. I tried to read this book and I had read book 1 when it first came out, but without reading book 1 again I'm lost. So I skipped to the last chapter, read it from there, and also saw where this is set up to continue in book 3. Well..at the rate we all waited for book 2, I'm not surprised that book 3 isn't out yet. This series is very slow to be released (I read book one back in grade school...I'm now almost 23)
I believe this series would have been much better if Bruce would have kept up with it, but with the years and years between books, it forces you to either keep the books and reread them or attempt to remember everything that you read over 10 years ago!
My daughter and I read this series out loud toget her. We both really enjoyed it.
You know how some young adult novels hold up and are really fun to read as adults?
This is not one of those. Clumsy storytelling and absurd melodrama. The ONLY redeeming quality is the fact that the plot is driven almost entirely by strong female characters. Unfortunately, all those characters are cliches, but a kid might not notice.