Stars:4.5 Shadow Fall was a great book but somehow Grey stepped it up and made a sequel that surpasses it's predecessor. The writing is perfection and the characters are memorable and unique. The storyline never falters but there are layers to it that keep you engaged and turning pages. The one criticism I have is that sometimes Maia is hard to connect too. She clearly still has reconstructed memories floating around in her real personality so I suspect these moments are the Author's way of acknowledging that Maia really isn't ok or ever going to be fully ok after what she's suffered through. In many ways she reminds me of Katniss from The Hunger Games but Katniss was at least able to sleep in her own home with her sister and didn't have to fight in a pit for food on a daily basis. Katniss could roam outside and experience the joys of a breeze and sunshine, things Maia was denied while surviving The Pit. It's clear that these differences had severe impacts on Maia and she'll probably always be a little more feral and a maybe little more damaged than Katniss; at the rate this series is going she may be a lot more damaged.