Brilliant! Most sequels really only shine from the after-glow of the first in the series, but not this one! I think this book far surpassed its predecessor in so many ways. I loved the change in the characters as the novel goes on, and the constant reminder of the theme, ""We are the choices we make."" The first book in this series was full of secrets and surprises, and this one did not disappoint! I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.