I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book despite how different it was from it's predecessor, Idlewild. It had a lot of the same characters set some time further in the future, yet the book had a completely different feel to it. Even the writing style felt different, which is okay, because it lent a credibility to the change in viewpoint in this marvelous and oddly believable world.
That said, I don't think it's as magnificent as Idlewild was. I didn't find myself as involved in these characters as I initially had been in Idlewild.