While the #1 in the series was placed somewhere before the ME1 storyline, this is stuck in the middle, right between ME1 & ME2. OK, that's not a bad point. Sure, the Ilusive Man cunning plan keeps the story slightly more engaging, some of the characters from the first book are present (after all, not everyone died during the great battle), but what loses me is how too teenager-oriented explicit relationships are presented... Yes, they're not that obscurely visible as the Twilight saga's, but still more implicit and not obvious connections would make the storyline better. The main character around which the storyline revolves makes for a slightly ill combination of Forrest Gump, Radio and... Starkiller features, all in a young girl's body. Yes, Gillian Grayson is somewhat unique as the whole plot, all the few plotlines, are knotted around her. This makes the book packed with action similarly to the previous installment in the written series. Yes, you meet the aliens of various kinds, some that are more secretive than others. Yes, you have the chance to delve into the universe. Unfortunately though, the story is also, again, too simplistic, too obvious, too apparent for anyone who has read/watched a lot of adventurous/cosmic affairs in one's life. Otherwise, you'll find it an easy read filled with action, interspecies business and placed in the ME macrocosm.