4.5 stars — I mean…I knew it was going to be bad (the inevitable cliffhanger)…but wow. Just. Why did I read this right now? Why didn’t I wait?? *wailing noises* OK, it’s not *that* bad. I have some theories. But still. WRITE FASTER!!!!! So, uh, yeah. I really enjoyed it. I read the first book, but I actually really enjoyed the cast for the audiobooks — they each really brought their character to life. And some of the special voice effects really helped me stay absorbed in the world (like the sound of voices in helmets, Esh, etc). It was almost spooky at times. And I can honestly say that I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE ONE of the narrators. They all had great pacing, most were fantastic with the different voices, and they all brought a lot of emotion to their roles. I can definitely see myself wanting to listen when I inevitably reread when the next book comes out. I continued to enjoy having the many different POVs in this story — maybe even moreso. I really loved the way the last chapter was done. I’m still pretty in love with all of our characters, though I got plenty mad at a few of them along the way (in one situation in particular). But I never felt like their reactions were irrational or anything, I just wanted them to react differently… I think we got to know all of our crew even more, and I was glad to get some insight into Zila in particular. As for the plot, I can say that while I guessed some things (one I think I was supposed to given the hint, but the other I felt proud of), there were other things that I didn’t see coming AT ALL!!! There was a LOT of action in this one, and I honestly felt like I needed to put it into the freezer on occasion, b/c I was worried about what was going to come next. I felt SO MANY things with this book as well. I mean, I had multiple crying stints (which is hard to explain when I’m listening while going for a walk, but luckily I didn’t encounter others and have to look ridiculous). I ached, I laughed, I cried, I got mad…I felt despair and I felt hope. There’s not much else I feel like I can put in this review without giving anything away, so I’ll leave it at that. I loved it, and I can’t wait for more.
Excellent book, Excellent cast audio. Complete cliff hanger, can't wait for the next book. Only downfall: when all 5 very different characters react the same way to particular news( which I didn't think was a big deal) , really pissed me of. There should have been more variety in the characters reactions.