This was a lot less satisfying to read than the first book, Incarceron. No longer was there a brand new world to discover and new characters to get to know.
Instead, we fall deep into confusion with a thinner plot line this time around.
There was almost nothing holding the plot together - it was one problem after another thrown at you. Of course the main goals were to get Keiro out and also to be crowned King. But those were lost in the mass of new information, subterfuge, and a strange scifi scenario where reality and faux-reality exists.
I guess I like getting to know Keiro and Attia more - and they have quite the character. But you never really get to know the characters that well just because of that third person limited POV. It's rather frustrating that all we see are action and dialogue and less of what these characters think.
The ending was... good. It wasn't bad, and that is miles above most scifi books. It was expected, but not bad at all.
Two and a half stars rounded down because it was a good continuation of the first book, but not good enough for me to really like it. Recommended for those who read her first book, obviously.