4 out of 5 stars
I received an ARC of this book.
This is the sequel to something I have already reviewed, so there may be some spoilers for the first book in here.
In the first book, 6 teens are kidnapped from earth and placed in an alien habitat, to be studied and to reproduce as their alien overlords demand. They are told the Earth is destroyed and that they are as safe as possible under the care of the aliens in their habitat. Of course, the teens soon find reason to doubt that these things are true and start planning an escape.
The second book is about that attempted escape. In the first book the teens are prized human specimens and are treated to a fairly decent existence as long as they obey the rules. In this addition, they have broken the rules and end up in different parts of the alien station, living very different existences. Cora is an entertainer in a safari-themed entertainment environment, while Nok and Rolf are being studied in a 50’s themed house and Leon has joined a group of alien smugglers.
Cora might be able to save all of humanity from slavery if she can master her new psychic abilities, but time is running out for her and her friends, and she needs Cassian’s help to succeed.
This book was a really strong second book in the series. It had everything I liked about the original (diverse cast of interesting characters and cool world building) with enough new stuff to keep me interested. The characters adapt to their circumstances and the tension builds nicely.
This book does end on a cliffhanger, so if you were expecting a conclusion, do not hold your breath. It is a very solid second book in a genre that usually has weak middle books in trilogies. Stuff happens in this one and the characters moving out into the station in general means some world building and exploration happens. I cannot wait for the third one!