In this fast-paced, exhilarating sequel to the acclaimed The Islands at the End of the World, Leilani and her family on the Big Island of Hawai'i face the challenge of survival in the world of the Emerald Orchid: a green presence that appeared in the sky after a global blackout. As the Hawaiian Islands go back to traditional ways of living, people must grow their own food and ration everything from gas to bullets. Medicine is scarce; a simple infection can mean death. Old tensions and new enemies emerge. And one girl, Leilani, is poised to save her world.
Reading this novel felt similar to being in the middle of a wild jungle: you had to cut a path through the trees with a machete to go anywhere and I often felt I went in circles, not really moving very far yet constantly going through all this frantic action. I knew there was a second novel because I saw the second book first. However there is a sense of closure when this part ended, in that sense I found the book satisfactory. I liked the main character, though some of her special circumstances were a bit too much.