Fails at building any suspense or interest in the characters. The majority of the book is narrated by Control, a government agent charged with figuring out how to best illicit information from a returnee from Area X, the Biologist from book one. I have gone through 4/5's of the book without developing one shred of interest in any character. The main character's flashbacks to childhood add nothing to the story but filler and his ice cold relationship with his mother is very unrealistic as you get neither understandable anger nor real hurt from either side. If there is one major thing that makes this book a failure, it is the complete lack of empathy of any character for another. Controls methods of interview fall completely flat, as do the rude check ins via phone from his boss, "the Voice" Control spends most of the book sharing his ideas about the other characters and the mind games they may be playing, but there is no plausible reason for most of the behavior he describes or engages in himself. Not looking forward to finishing this book. I think I'll find something better to read and come back to it later. .