Top positive review
One person found this helpful
Getting Even Better
on 15 June 2015
You know how it is. Lots of these trilogies start out strong with a volume 1 that grabs you with a great premise and strong characters. Then, volume 2 is a lot of filler and volume 3 ends with a whimper because the set up doesn't really lead anywhere. Not the case with this series.
The premise is great. No vampires, or zombies or magic. The Midnight Hour is a great framing device and the darklings are wonderfully vague evil opponents. The characters are better than average teen protagonists and the teen angst is kept to a minimum, while there's enough to allow for individual personalities and emotions to emerge. But here's the best part. In Volume 2 the midnighters' early history is set out, the character's relationships are better defined, and the darkling threat grows even though the darklings are still allowed to remain a vague and undefined sort of evil force. Everything that was fun or interesting in volume 1 is better developed and more fully explained in volume 2.
It helps that some care has been taken with secondary characters. It also helps that as the action grows, the chapters stay short and punchy. I'm also impressed with how the story is paced - sometimes there is a longer section dedicated to an important plot development involving just one character and sometimes there is a lot of cross-cutting between characters, keeping up momentum and adding urgency to the story.
So, all in all a worthy sequel and a superior contribution to the world of thoughtful YA creepiness.