A serious improvement on the first book. Better because Cristina is no longer a hostage, she suddenly has a say on many things. An improvement because the author doesn't sugar coat her relationship with Michael or make her romanticize him in ridiculous ways. I still don't know how I feel about them being together, I'm really torn up about it, about just as much as Cristina is herself. I sort of liked Michael this time around but its those kind of likes that make you shake your head at yourself and think there is something fundamentally wrong with your head. XDD But this entire series is written to fuck with your brain while at the same time trying to keep us moderately sane through Cristina. Shit is going to go down and bad things are going to happen. So remember, Michael is a bad man, except when he is not. Killing is wrong, except when its not. And feelings are fucked up all the time.