Aliens have come and gone. They landed, ignored us humans, and soon left. But where they landed, these Zones, they left artifacts behind, dangerous ar...moreAliens have come and gone. They landed, ignored us humans, and soon left. But where they landed, these Zones, they left artifacts behind, dangerous artifacts. Dangerous, because humans really have no idea what they actually do. But the humans, always curious, need these artifacts, to study and use. In the beginning of this book, Red is trying to work honestly, with the government, collecting these items. He has his past as a stalker, a person who illegally enters the Zone in search of artifacts to sell on the black market. He's trying honest work. But after a tragic run into the Zone and a family to feed, Red returns to his old ways.
I thought the majority of this book would take place within the Zone - Red making his way, avoiding danger, and picking up left over alien artifacts. But the majority of this book takes place outside of the Zone between Red's ventures into the Zone. We get to see how the Zone affects Red, his family, and those in town around him. It's amazing and depressing to see how much this zone affects the environment and people around it - mentally and physically.
We mostly see this world by way of Red, though we get another character's point of view half way through for a bit before going back to Red. Red's a hard man, which is understandable. Stalkers have to have a certain mind set. Red has what seems like a magical ability to know exactly how to navigate within the Zone. He has this fabulous Zone intuition - step there, crawl here, don't, for the love of god, touch that. It's how he survives.
The ending is abrupt and may be unsatisfying for some. I have mixed feelings. There's a build up that really pulled me in, so for it to suddenly end, it was a bit unsettling. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the perfect place for the story to end. What Red is about to do, it fits that we would not get to see that.
This book (and series) is awesome. It is a perfect blend of action, science fiction, romance, and fantastic characters. Jax is at the top of my list o...moreThis book (and series) is awesome. It is a perfect blend of action, science fiction, romance, and fantastic characters. Jax is at the top of my list of favorite book heroines. It's amazing to watch her development throughout the series. And it is not just Jax I love; this series is full of complex and likable personalities - March, Dina, Vel.
So in Killbox, the crew is asked by the governing Conglomerate to put together an armada to stop the different threats wandering around their universe. You know - pirates, mercenaries, and the like. But their biggest threat is the Morgut. They remind me of the Reavers from the Firefly universe, not because they are the same creature, but because they are both the bogeyman of space. The Morgut like to eat people. The more they learn about what the Morgut are really planning, the more dire they realize their universe's situation is. Of course the story is bigger and much more complex than this; too much has happened throughout the four books to easily summarize here. It's definitely one of those series you need to read from the beginning and in order.
The end of the book leaves us with a cliffhanger, so I am personally glad I read the book only a couple weeks before the next one comes out. The last 20 pages left me with a headache from trying to keep myself from getting teary-eyed. It was that good! (less)
In this book Jax works on completing all the promises she made in the previous books, though first she must deal with the consequences of her...more4.5 Stars
In this book Jax works on completing all the promises she made in the previous books, though first she must deal with the consequences of her actions from the end of the last book. Almost 6 years pass during this book as she helps train new jumpers, brings Baby-Z2 back to his home planet and is waylaid there for a while, and finally deals with her promise to Loras. If you are a big March fan, you might be a little disappointed because he is in this book very little; he has his own mission he needs to complete. Vel fans will be very happy, though.
This book is very Jaxcentric. Though the books are all from Jax's perspective, the settings in the previous books were always bigger than Jax. Aguirre is great about fleshing out her other characters and the world she has created. This book felt a little more scaled down. The great characters are still there, but Jax interactions with them are very limited, aside from Vel. Maybe this is why, though I still really enjoyed the book (I have a deep love for Jax), I couldn't quite give it the full five stars like the previous books.
This book takes place in the future where bioterrorism and environmental disasters have depleted much of the plants, animals, and technology. Most cou...moreThis book takes place in the future where bioterrorism and environmental disasters have depleted much of the plants, animals, and technology. Most countries are in ruin and people are barely making ends meet. Thailand is doing a little better than other countries. They tightly control their borders and inspect every piece of food that grows in and enters the country. The viewpoint of the book is from five different people including Anderson Lake, a man from the United States who works from one of the big corporations responsible for the bioterrorism, and who is looking for new foodstuffs being developed in Thailand and Emiko, a Japanese made Windup Girl, who is genetically superior, but is hated and seen as unnatural. None of the characters are necessarily good or even sympathetic, but they are fascinating. The story starts out slow and doesn’t really pick up until after all the characters have been introduced. It does take a few chapters to get use to the language. The author does not explain things outright. But once I got past the language barrier and got to know the characters and their stories, I was hooked.(less)
Two years ago I picked up a book called Grimspace. I loved the cover, and the premise sounded neat. I figured I'd give it a try. I was hooked from the...moreTwo years ago I picked up a book called Grimspace. I loved the cover, and the premise sounded neat. I figured I'd give it a try. I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Jax. She's flawed, but so brave and so dedicated. She's so human; I couldn't get enough of her. And it wasn't just Jax. Aguirre introduced such fascinating and complex characters, some human, some alien - Vel, March, Loras. They are what kept me picking up each book in this series. So it was very bittersweet starting Endgame. I was so happy to get back to the characters I love, but sad to know that once I finish this book, that's it, that was the end of the series.
For the finale, Jax is on La'heng to fulfill her promise to Loras to help him free his people and planet from the Nicuan Empire. Diplomacy doesn't work, so they start a resistance. It's exhausting for Jax, all the fighting and blood shed. This is not a fast fight; a few years pass in this book. The La'hengrin refuse to give up and are very brutal in their determination to get their world back. But it's needed. The Nicuan are just as brutal in their retaliation. They do not want to give up their slave world and slave labor.
Jax and March hash out their relationship a lot in this book. They both haven't been completely honest with each other on how they feel and those truths finally come out in this book. Jax and Vel also come to some conclusions on where they stand with each other, what they actually feel for each other. We get to see Sasha become a young man. And Zeeka is always a sweet, happy presence. I did miss Dina and Hit, who don't appear at all. But I was very satisfied with where all the characters ended up by the end of this book. Though I wish I could remain with them as they continue their adventures. But since I can't - goodbye Jax.
Scary or suspenseful stories that take place on spaceships freak me out a lot. For me, the setting is claustrophobic and alien and just generally make...moreScary or suspenseful stories that take place on spaceships freak me out a lot. For me, the setting is claustrophobic and alien and just generally makes my skin crawl. But I'm always drawn to them and always have to watch the show or read the book. This one was well worth my small anxieties.
This story is more suspenseful than scary. The mission for the people on this ship is to travel the farthest any human ever has and then turn around and travel back to earth. Cormac Easton is the ship's journalist. He is observing and writing about the mission for the folks back home. But the mission is far from successful. First they find the captain dead in his hypersleep chamber upon waking. Then the crew, one after another, die, all in different ways, until Cormac is the last man standing. And once he realizes the ship does not turn around towards home like it's automatically supposed to, Cormac knows he is doomed.
All that I've got up here is tranquility now, I suppose.
That's just the first quarter of the book. I'm not going to give away the rest of the story other than it includes flashbacks to the months and weeks leading up to the mission. During these flashbacks we learn more about the crew and Cormac's relationship with his wife. These flashbacks are revealing and important to what is happening on the ship. And what's happening on the ship is enthralling. The reveal is slow going, but never boring. It's dark and beautifully written.
That was how it was sold: a voyage to rival Columbus, to rival the stories of Jules Verne.
I liked it! I don't read much science fiction (more of a fantasy gal), but was in the mood to try this classic. The story jumps decades and characters...moreI liked it! I don't read much science fiction (more of a fantasy gal), but was in the mood to try this classic. The story jumps decades and characters, and it was fascinating to see how the Foundation develops and grows.
I very much enjoyed reading how the author, a man from the 1950's, imagined far future technology. It apparently will include a whole lot of atomic power.
Looking forward to reading what the Foundation does next. (less)