The gang is back in this volume of the series. Having recently avoided capture by operatives of the Pride, the kids are waiting for backup from the Avengers. Unfortunately, Cloak and Dagger have been put out of commission and no help is forthcoming. With the Abstract recently decoded, the group hopes to go on the offensive with useful insider knowledge. Before a plan can be made, however, the Hostel is invaded by the LAPD, apparently thanks to a tip from a traitor on the inside. While the runaways manage to get away unscathed, they are now without transportation, lodging, and security. Nervously they eye one another wondering who the mole could be and when he or she will strike next. Relying upon Alex’s translation of the Abstract, the team now has a better understanding of the origin and purpose of the Pride. In addition, they realize they have an opportunity to strike during an important annual rite. During the attack, however, one of the group is killed and the traitor is exposed. As this volume closes, the remaining members of the group met up to compare notes, believing they have killed their parents. They agree to run away from the foster homes, orphanages, and institutes the state has put them in and unite to continue their mission.
Everything happens in this volume of the series! In addition to learning the origins of the Pride, our group of runaways also becomes aware of the mission given to their parents. Horrified, they redouble their commitment to defeating them before it is too late. They now have a timeline to work with and it gives the series a sense of urgency that is increased with the lose of their hideout and transportation. This volume is quite simply intense as the kids run for their lives and take on their parents. A subplot concerning a betrayal within the Pride adds an interesting depth to the story and to the characters. The children are realistically suspicious of each other as it is revealed that a traitor is in their midst and the unveiling of the mole is absolutely pitch perfect. Readers may be pleasantly surprised when the traitor and his/her reasoning are finally revealed. The authors do a good job of explaining the betrayal without it feeling like a ploy. The death of one of the runaways, however, does feel sudden and, in some ways, like a cheat. Perhaps later volumes will reveal a hidden purpose for this death, but as for now, I’m still dubious.