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Better writing than the first.
on 1 July 2014
There is no doubt that the author has learnt from his first book, the writing is slightly crisper, someone else has actually edited the book prior to release and some of the interchanges are less childish.
But I still had so many frustrations with the book. The interplay between characters has only just managed to move into teenager territory, it is so frustrating where set in a supposedly dangerous environment everyone acts and thinks like a teenager, all angst with perceived wrongs rather than adults. Repetition is non stop, the amount of times I had to read about someone suppressing their instincts to kill or the main antagonist being treated like an imbecile, it was beyond awful. The first 30% or so has some of the most boring drivel I have managed to read in awhile.
But yet again the saving grace was the story, it is interesting, it is different to a degree, it draws you in and ultimately you cannot help but continue to read the book until the end.