This is the second book in the series after The New Agenda prequel. Read my review.
This book is for YA coming of age youngsters. For grownups the tone is, like in the first book, very juvenile if you are used to reading spy and action novels. Our freedom fighter hero from the first book has now inexplicably been transformed into a psychopathic dictator even worse than his farther was.
How that happened is not explained. After starting the book with reasonable expectations I found the some parts so uninteresting that I started turning pages. I may have skipped the explanation.
Our heroine is now an young girl participating in a competition where the media circus surrounding the dancing finals is similar to scenes in the Hunger Games film. But everything is not what it seems, I was taken by surprise. Well done. Great concept.
For dystopian science fiction and techno-thriller fans there is a bit of everything. The latest fashion in luxurious high-rise living at City Center. Human genetic engineering. Erasing memories and uploading new personalities. The bad guys from the prequel who manage to control the new world order for 200 years. Our heroine who overcomes her programming and tries to save the day by helping the rebels. Battles, deceit, romance and madness.
For you teenagers out there this is the book for you. If you liked Hunger Games you may like this one. Grownups may have a harder time. Beware.
If you really are looking for a well written dystopian apocalyptic story, where most of the world's population is wiped out in the name of populating the world with a new master race, try Kalki by Gore Vidal. The story is brilliant, scary and understated. It may be a bit dated as it was written in the late 70s and reflect the fads of that time. Those of you, who remember Watergate, Ronald Regan and the invasion of eastern religions, have fun.