much better then the first. I think the biggest thing is that Miriam is more active in this one. She instigates the actions of the plot rather then running from it. it makes a big difference. also Wendig dialed down the "I'm so gritty, look how dark and gritty I am" writing style. which again made a huge difference. I enjoyed it enough that I would pick up the third if it were on sale or available in the library.