I did not remember Elena being this stupid in the first book! She's practically useless for most of this book. (view spoiler)[ In one instance she's told to expect telepathic contact from Paige that will probably cause her a headache, which she is to take as a sign to relax and try and communicate with Paige. Things happen and when she does get a headache, she starts bemoaning her fate-"oh why do I have to have a headache on top of every other ache" etc etc... You're in a cell, your purpose is supposedly to find a way to escape and part of the planning for this escape is contact with the others outside, and when the sign comes that you are being contacted you forget you were supposed to expect it??? WTF?! (hide spoiler)]
I won't even mention her insecurity issues with Clay especially.
It's not just her, either. What can I possibly say about Sandra..? (view spoiler)[You want change lady? You get a new haircut! You move! You do NOT inject yourself with something that will change you irreversibly (if it doesn't kill you) and of which you know NOTHING about just because it seems cool and you think will give you power. (hide spoiler)]
Finishing this book was painful. There was a whole lot of nothing
happening for long intervals and some things had no reason for happening (and not in a good 'this is life, bad things happen' kind of way). The main "bad guy" was like a half-witted hormonal spoiled teenager who was supposedly intelligent but showed no evidence of the fact anywhere in the story and whose sadistic tendencies were out-staged only by those of his employees.
The only redeeming character is Jeremy, who was the voice of logic in the chaos and maybe Adam, who displayed a bit of humor. Xavier might have been an interesting character but we don't get to see all that much of him. Also, the sorcerer's identity was a surprise which is a good thing considering that I'd forgotten all about him and his "importance" up until his appearance.
All in all, I did not enjoy this book and I'm probably not going to read the next in the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>