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Sequel to a book that did not need a sequel
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
The first book was a decent, though cliché-feeling YA novel with a good ending. This sequel was totally unnecessary with a much less decent story and felt like more of an excuse to get more action in for the characters of the first book. It isn't totally dismal; some of the new characters are slightly interesting and some of the events were attention-grabbing. However, all of it felt totally cheapened by the fact that the antagonist isn't even encountered until the second half of the book and you realize that everybody has been chasing their tales for the first half of the book. On top of it, the antagonist's motivations aren't directly tied in to the school, it's students, nor the events of the first book and are instead linked to Eli and a case that was mentioned in passing at the beginning of the book, which totally comes out of left field and makes this book feel like it should have been a spinoff at best and not a "sequel." Even better than a spinoff would be if the story happened in a brand new setting with all new characters, rather than recycling characters that really didn't have any reason to be there.