Starting off right after the events of the first book, the imprisoned teens, along with the "bullies-no-more", Jack and Wade, the smelly but cute Zeus, and a possible connection to the whereabouts of Michael's captured mother, Grace, all head home to Idaho. There, they have to go into hiding as the Elgen zooms in on their families and relatives. They have to find a computer and a place to sleep. Easy, right? Not so much when not only are you hiding, but you're sad, about people suffering for your actions, as Michael, Taylor, and especially Jack have to go through, saying goodbye to people and property. Anyway, wherever Michael's mom is, they have to find her, and wherever she is, they'll have to sneak into a maximum security Elgen facility, plus take down Dr. Hatch somehow, minus anyone getting caught.
There is an early occurrence that kind of illustrates going back to prison, but with Nichelle out of the picture, instead, an action sequence occurs that is anything but inert and unmemorable. Basically, everything in the last Michael Vey and this one is memorable and likeable to a fault. Jack and Zeus start fighting over Abigail, and it's easy feeling the tension of two people who have similarities and try to be more friends and less rivals but are the opposite. There is a pause in all of this to go to Hatch's situation, giving us a preview of it all but not bit by bit like some of the first one might've done. There is a government argument, and it might as well be more intense than the arguments in The Social Network and those were great. What I feel made this novel, though, is during the start of the third act, the group gets a helper who is pretty much a slave to the Elgen, who is one of the sweetest pop up characters I can remember.
So what did I not like about this book? Uhh...Well, I wish Grace was in the book more, and Part 2 wasn't as long. That and...nothing else.
I've got a challenge for you. Try not to read ten or twenty chapters the day you first read the prologue. Michael Vey is a masterpiece.