My son finished this book and promptly requested the next. He says this book, the second in the series, is even better than the first. He likes how the experiences the characters have gone through still have an effect on them, just like in real life. We agree the writing is well done although to me parts seemed rushed and the book could use a bit of editing. Even so, the characters are appropriate for the audience and are well fleshed out with good development throughout the book. Overall this is a good addition to any library and provides a fun easy read.