Good, smart and succinct science fiction.
Book 2 of the interdependency - characters introduced in book one who were just coming into their roles now get room to grow and settle into their positions. If book 1 introduced the major problems to be addressed, book 2 is trying to get everyone to take it seriously. As with book 1, the parallels to pandemic times are there, even though it was written pre-pandemic. If you liked the first book you'll like this one for the same reasons.