I was so sad that I couldn't get into this because I really liked Ashes. Why does the second book in a trilogy often fall short? I don't know, but it bugs me. It was the head hopping that got me with this one. The first book is told entirely from Alex's perspective. This book starts out with a little of Alex, but then we move around to several other people in the Rule community and only get a minute with Tom. It was annoying. I wasn't invested in this new characters, particularly since Bick ended the first book with a cliff hanger. Once we get a little info about where Alex and Tom are you WANT MORE! I recognize that the author might be trying to set up the story for the rest of the trilogy, but it didn't hook me and I didn't want to give it more time to see if it eventually would.