The sequel to The Well’s End (2014) takes the action into a mysterious underground city.
Mia and her friends seek the miraculous water that cures all ills, hoping to stop the rapidly spreading virus that radically—and fatally—accelerates aging. Mia’s found the elusive well hidden deep in a cave where her father and mad-scientist Sutton had been conducting research. Now she dives into the well, followed by her friends Jo and Rob. They emerge in a marvelous underground city called Capian, where Keeper Randt, one of its three leaders, admits Mia’s father is being held hostage. Randt treats the trio well, however, and they meet his daughter, who longs to go Topside and immediately agrees to help them. However, the city is reeling from the death of one of its leaders, and civil war looms. Can Mia rescue her father and find the mysterious source of the water, then escape back to the surface? Fishman sets most of the action in Capian but doesn’t forget that Jimmy and Odessa are still on the surface, trying to escape Sutton’s minions and find a way to help the infected. This concluding adventure de-emphasizes the mad-scientist plotline in favor of the newly imagined underground world, opening the adventure up some. Standard-issue present-tense narration is unsubtle but gets the job done.
Those who started with the first should be satisfied with this conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)