Some of the series seem amazing whereas some make every character sound the same and not act like they should.... this book was by a long way one of the good ones. Good enough that a new reader and not just a Die hard fan would love. For the first time I find this side of the story to contain AS GOOD characters as rodimus side of events. I know you can't have every book telling the great back story of prime or shock wave but still some other books have been hit and miss. Personally I didn't want Soundwave to say so much and be going through puberty like the other back stories but it was better than some of the others.