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Ally (The Wess'har Wars #5)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  354 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The worlds orbiting Cavanagh's Star are in turmoil.

Civil war on Umeh—ignited by outsiders—threatens to annihilate the teeming masses of a grossly overpopulated planet. On Bezer'ej, the handful of native aquatic creatures who survived extermination must take extraordinary and terrible steps to ensure the future of their kind . . .

And the interlopers from a distant planet ca
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 27th 2007)
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Karen Ireland-Phillips
Unfortunately, the series probably should have ended with The World Before, or at the latest, with Matriarch. The last three books in this series (Matriarch, Ally, Judge) felt as though they'd been written to outline, or to fulfill a book contract, rather than to tell the stories of the fascinating main characters and the endlessly inventive worlds explored in the first three books. The plots wandered; the same three or four situations/plotlines (alien parasite, ecological revisionism, and roman...more
(2.5 of 5 stars)

The bezeri subplot was tiresome in the last book, and it's even more tiresome in this one; (view spoiler) is unnecessary at best, and filler material at worst. Many of this book's problems, in fact, are the same as those of the last book - dragging plot, no action, out-of-character reactions - and this has now gone on for long enough that I fear Traviss has royally screwed over her own series.

David King
“Ally” is the fifth and penultimate book in Karen Traviss’ science fiction series known as the “The Wess'har Wars”. As with my previous reviews of the books in this series I once against advise people to avoid reading this review unless you have read the previous books. This is because most of my commentary on the plot will in all likelihood spoil some aspects of the previous books. If you are interested in giving this series a try however, then feel free to read my review of the first novel whi...more
Karen Traviss is another of those classically-educated British sci-fi writers that's captured my attention lately.

Her series, that begins with City of Pearl, is an unusual blend of vegeterianism, ecological responsibility, mutating symbionts, and interspecies war. Humans are, for the most part, the bad guys here, though it takes a while to figure that out. And our protagonist chooses her sides very quickly, putting her at odds with her people.

As with many of other female science-fiction writers,...more
Good sci-fi by a British author (and you can tell she's British from the language used). Enjoyed this book even though I haven't read the preceding 4. There's a large emphasis on environmentalism, with the most advanced species being vegan genocidal pragmatists .... and the human protagonists are mutants due to bacterial contamination. Even though there was more emphasis on the interior motivations, moral dilemnas etc of the characters than I would have liked, the book stiill held my interest. I...more
This series is getting rather bogged down for me. A lot of the action is talking about the action they are going to take, which is rather boring. Plus, the whole bezeri and idiot Lindsay is very annoying mostly because it is completely predictable. And I for one hate books where characters do dumb things, repeatedly, and you are forced to read about it, then wait some more while people don't do what they should do to fix the problem.
I'm definitely still enjoying these. This one irked me sometimes because it had a lot of errors, and I always notice those kinds of things and want to go in and fix them. At least one instance where they said someone's name but meant someone else, and several instances where they said one type of alien but meant another. Silly things, but the kind of thing that brings me out of the book for a while, which removes the immersion.
I enjoyed this book (and the series) a great deal. My only complaint is that the copy editor did a horrible job. There are many errors throughout the book. The worst error I saw was at one point they were on Umeh which is the Isenj planet and there is a slip up in mentioned the Bezeri standing there which is an alien race from Bezer'ej that has no way of even getting to Umeh. That should have been caught.

The strength of this series is the alien cultures. I get a little aggravated with all of the ethical delimmas that are sprinkled through out the book. Mainly because of the inconsistent conclusions that our protagonist make. However, I began to feel that was the point I was supposed to see. The action seemed to pick up a little, but no where near the first book.

Looking forward to reading the next one.

blah blah blah. Again, a novel in a series in which the first book (and even the second) are compelling, but the story takes too many twists and dilutes the original tension and themes. I am halfway through this book, and not sure I will complete it.

Update: I put it down, and will sell it back to bookmans.
Rift Vegan
Wess'har War #5. Good reading. At the end of this book, I'm just not sure how the ending of this series can be a happy one... I'm pretty sure it'll have to end by killing everyone off, including all the humans on earth. So, I am very interested in reading the last book of the series, just to see how it goes.
Celia Powell
I really enjoyed this fifth book in the series - the storyline on Bezer'ej with Lindsey is fascinating and horrifying. Shan and her husbands are fabulous as usual, and I love their relationship - all the dynamics between the characters in this series are really well done.

Re-read - November 2010
The previous book in the Wess'har Wars series was my least favorite. However, this book I would easily chalk up as my favorite. This book is awesome. Very intense with lots of mind blowing images. Great book!
Too introspective! Became boring! Author seems to have attempted to "stretch" the book to fill pages. This series will be continued by another book. Don't buy it!
Ryan Beck
Traviss came back with some action in Ally. This is my favorite of the series after City of Pearl. The tension really builds and I can't wait to read Judge.
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the re...more
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“We have complete choice as individuals: the only decisions we can take are our own. And yet so many species use the state of being an individual as an excuse for inaction, helplessness and irresponsibility.No situation is so overwhelming that action is pointless.
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