Redeye (The Wonderland Cycle #2) by Michael Shean is a continuation of Shadow of a Dead Star. In the first novel we meet, Tom Walken, a cop who has to keep the streets of Seattle clean of black-market technology. Bobbi, aka Brain Mother, is a hacker who gets tangled in the mess. She helps Tom battle Wonderland technology which comprises of dolls, and all sorts of crazy. In Redeye, Bobbi is on the hunt to find out if Tom is still alive after a chaotic battle.
Bobbi meets new friends and enemies like Redeye. Redeye was born a girl, but made into a machine. She has one mission, and that is to save the world. Although, she could destroy it in the process too.
Bobbi finds herself joining Redeye's mission with the help of some friends. Can they save the world from strange beings called Yathi? Will Redeye be their salvation or damnation?
The brilliance of this novel is due to Shean's eloquence. I read by paying close attention to each word, which is probably why I read so slow! To continuously choose the perfect word until you build a story is amazing.
The fact that the writing is so clear makes the story's pace flow with ease. Normally, in the second book of a series, I get bored. There was not one point in the book where I felt my attention give way.
For that, this is the best second book in a series that I've read. It makes a great part. It also makes a great stand alone novel.
The way anxiety builds as you read along is adrenalizing. You think, "Things can't possibly get any worse?" But you know they will.
Shean's writing never ceases to amaze me. As a side note, you probably don't want to read right before dinner. Ha!
I also love the plot. Girls, fashion, technology, shoot 'em up, gore, paranormal elements, etc. It's like a perfectly made Turducken.
I never thought I'd like an author as much as Stephan King. I know, I can read any novel by King, and I will love it. I feel like Shean could write a book about paint drying, and make it sound cool.