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Plot: Moves at a pretty good clip, never really slows down. The dialog is natural and organic feeling. What the characters say feels like something they would say, it's not forced or contrived to move the plot along. Character development is logical, nothing out of left field. Bear in mind this is a superhero story, so don't expect anything ground breaking but it did have the advantage of a not often explored (to me) aspect, the development of a regular guy born with super powers but not being aware of them until puberty.
Editing: I think I found one misspelling. Really I can't even remember where it was, so there's that.
Overall: As I said in my intro, I loved the book. And it's not an exaggeration. This book, and Brave Men Run is something that I will regularly re-read, not because I have nothing else to read, but because I like the world this series takes place in and I want to visit it from time to time. I am a kid of the 80's so I get most, if not all of the references mentioned in the book. My one complaint, and really, it's more of a tribute to the author than a complaint, is the main character and one of the other major characters. They pissed me off so much I wanted to reach in and strangle them. And I mean a good make their face turn purple and they start scratching my eyes throttling. Now, the main character is a teenager, that has a lot to do with it (get off my lawn!). The other character is a man and deserves it. Don't get me wrong, that is one of the things that make this book so great. I wasn't mad at the author, I didn't question why the author wrote the character the way he did. I was mad at the character. And that's the highest recommendation I can give an author, and to you, the potential reader. If you haven't read the series, do. It's worth the time and money.
What is particularly well done is the way in which the author sets the tragedy in motion. There are people and groups on a slow, inevitable collision course, and we, the readers, can see it (because we get multiple viewpoints), but the characters can't. It reminded me of Ben Rovik's The Mask And The Master, which does something very similar.
One of those characters is, of course, Nate Charters, the main character of the first book. In that book, he was a sympathetic character, bullied for being different, finally having something good happen to him, but he did have a tendency to make stupid decisions that led to tragic violence. In this book, it's the stupid decisions leading to tragic violence that are the prominent aspect of his character, the decisions are more stupid and the violence is more tragic, and he ends up less sympathetic as a result.
Other reviewers have commented that Nate is not necessarily the most interesting character any more, either. I'd agree with that in the first part of the book, in which his big issue is that his girlfriend won't have sex with him, while the other characters are concerned with larger problems. As the book progresses, though, and he too becomes entangled in the larger problems, his story becomes more significant.
Just as important, though, are the stories of Byron Teslowski and his father Marc. I was surprised (and pleased) to see that Marc, who started out in the previous book as a harsh, punitive father and a bit of a troglodyte, got a whole character arc, and a very good one too. Alongside the powerful conflicts he sets up, the author's great strength is in developing rounded characters, and by the end of this book Marc is one.
Apart from some proofing issues which I've passed on to the author, my only problem with this one (that wasn't a matter of taste) was the convenient discovery of some notes by one character that told him where other characters were going and how he could connect up with them. It seemed a bit like a written version of the Convenient Eavesdrop trope, which is always a bit of an eye-roller for me. I can't really see how he could have got round it, though.
I'd say that technically, and in terms of craft, this is a better and stronger book than its predecessor. It deserves at least a 6, perhaps a 7, on my 0-to-9 subscale of 4-star books (where 0 is "barely above mediocre" and 9 is "just short of amazing"). It wasn't the best book for my personal taste, though, as I mentioned earlier, so subjectively I'd score it lower.
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