Rescue picks the Ell story-line back up and manages to move it along quite quickly. I am as always impressed that the author continues with this serie...moreRescue picks the Ell story-line back up and manages to move it along quite quickly. I am as always impressed that the author continues with this series so quickly.
Mr. Dahners states that he tries to explore a single new technology in each book; but I am a little unclear exactly what was so novel about the new ports here. I guess I may just not visualize them in the same way that the author does but it seems he thinks the curved ports are significant.
Ell uses them to dispose of the device by the President it seems because it can dispose of more than a regular port would. This would mean that this curved port has a cutting edge that is always active almost. I don't see then how this is different from her open ended ports she can adjust the size on and maneuver. If the ports have to bubble out when they build with a charge then they can't be used on the eye contacts. If they are manipulated to grow/shrink in a bubble its no different than moving a port around.
While I enjoy the series I don't know where Mr. Dahners plans to take it from here. We have solved the world's energy crisis, possibly food production as well. Will soon have the ability to make cheap almost indestructible items on demand (including electronic circuits). This will end all manufacturing around the world and people can get anything sent to them at any time anywhere.
It seems to me that America would have Ell and her devices to stop any wars and they are destroying the energy/cheap labor that the rest of the world has provided. I also can't see all the world allowing Ell's tech into repressive regime's it would change their ability to exert control. The US is slowly releasing the tech but sooner or later they will reach the point where it will take little to no effort to provide the basic essentials of life to almost everyone.
I think that I'm starting to lose interest in this series. While the battle is moving we now have three theaters of war and we only really covered one...moreI think that I'm starting to lose interest in this series. While the battle is moving we now have three theaters of war and we only really covered one battle at each location.
While that is sufficient to move the story along I am not seeing an end in sight for the series. We had a clear goal after the first couple of books. However it keeps growing and growing and we still know very little about the scope of either of the two main enemies.
The author has now taken us to the end of the world as it were and we know nothing of the various factions and their territories other than the Alliance.
While it would be silly to believe a war could ever really be simple the way it has grown makes me wonder just where the author expects to wrap up the story. It seems we might have another 15 novels until everything gets resolved at this point and when that starts to happen I start feeling less inclined to rate books favorably since it seems the main story that drew me in always gets left to flounder through the various novels.