When I ordered this book I wasn't aware that it was a sequel, and if I had known I probably wouldn't have brought it, but I'm glad I did. I don't normally go for YA but reading so many YA blogs and reviews I figured I should give something a go, and this is the book that won out - simply because I read the beginning on Amazon and was hooked. I wouldn't say that the storyline was anything that amazing, nor the characters. But I couldn't put it down. R. J. Anderson has created a world so believable and so vivid in description that I was pulled in regardless. It did what a good book should do - it kept me wanting to read and it took me away from all the problems I have in my life. I can't wait until I can read 'Knife' which is the first book, and am looking forward to more in this series.