This is the second book in a series and although there are some interesting ideas in it I don't think it works well as a stand alone story. Based on the presumption that the reader may have read the first and know the characters and/or concept the book would probably make much more sense. I haven't which is possibly why I found it a little confusing. It seemed as if the writer kept on teasing the reader with parts of subplots or characters and then didn't really explain a lot of it. I liked the setting, something different from the usual countries that writers tend to pick. I also think the concepts will work much better if the story is fleshed out a little more in detail. The reader needs more background info on characters and storyline if any subseqent books are going to make sense. I received a free copy of this book for my review.