Much better than the first in the series, with a lot more action and much less philosophizing. There’s new characters to enjoy, along with a few of the ones from the previous book, and the system level threat finally does what we’ve been building up to this entire time, with some pretty cool results. I continue to have problems telling the two main female leads apart, mostly because Reynolds uses their last names nearly exclusively, usually not first names or titles. At one point I actually had to write down who was who so I could quickly refer to it when I got confused.
On to book three!