I did go into this book with high expectations. 'The Sparrow' was a wonderful book. I admit to being a little put off by the title of this one, but I tried not to hold that against it. It still felt more preachy to me than its predecessor. A part of this is because nearly every single character from earth is from the priesthood. In 'The Sparrow' there was more of a combination, some atheists, even. I felt like religion was being shoved down my throat when I didn't feel that way in 'The Sparrow.'
I felt that some of the events in 'The Sparrow' were retconned right away. I felt that some of Emilio's emotional healing he'd experienced at the end of the previous book was erased at the beginning of this one. And a character death was erased, and I couldn't help but think of Annie Wilkes yelling about a similar attempt to undo a death, "He didn't get out of the cockadoodie car!"
What I loved about this book was Supaari. That character was given such amazing depth and humanity. I loved him. And, unfortunately, I was not happy with his resolution. I was not happy with the way a few things went with Emilio, either. And there was a particular scene I kept hoping for between two characters, that I felt was very important, that it NEEDED to happen in order for this to be a good story. It did not happen.
This author is every bit as brutal as George R.R. Martin, except with foreshadowing so you're stuck knowing you can't even HOPE a character you like won't die. So, I'm left feeling disappointed and drained.