I cannot figure out how many starts to give this one. I read it quick, it was compelling. Not quite as compelling as the first one, but compelling in a different way. It ended with just as big of a cliff hanger, and here in lies the rub. I didn't expect that this one would end all happy, but if I am not sure I can read another one if I don't know that it will end happy. I am not that patient of a person, and there is no guarantee that these books will end happy. But man, Patrick Ness can sure write a story!