As the second book in the series it is a bit of a let down from the first.
Cody still has a great story line, a lot more action going on, and the tension between Mariah and Gabriel is stronger than ever. You are introduced to new characters that change the game in a big way. It will make you feel the Badlanders are justified in their roles in this rebellion.
Unfortunately the tension between Mariah and Gabriel has no resolution and seems to be played out. There are chapters from other characters viewpoints, which can feel as if it retracts from the main story of Mariah and Gabriel. There is still one more book so hopefully things will look up and be resolved.