After a brutal year-long gap between books for his fans, during which many waited with bated breath, Carr locks readers in the dark cell with Reece where he’s being held. Here, Reece does everything he can to keep his wits and not surrender to the crushing, depressing elements designed to break him. The cell is small, pitch-black, and cold. But during this time, Carr churns out some of his finest and, certainly, most powerful writing, which also serves as a nice launch point for newcomers to the series. There’s a callback to The Terminal List (which, of course, is now a hugely successful series on Amazon Prime starring Chris Pratt) as Reece fights his demons, keeping his mind and body ready to fight. He doesn’t know who framed him or why, but Reece refuses to die alone in his cell, especially when he knows that things are just getting started.