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Finity's End (The Company Wars #7)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Finity's End is the oldest Merchanter ship in the universe. In an era of spies, pirate traders, and uneasy alliances, the Company Wars are now over, the hunt for the fleet is winding down, and the ship is coming home to reclaim her trade routes. Having lost an entire generation, the youngest crew members, bred and trained for war, must face their most critical battle of al ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Aspect (first published 1997)
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May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some authors write books about adults that still feel like YA novels. Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels come to mind. Finity’s End begins with a boy running through trees playing with some furry aliens, yet it feels unquestionably like a novel written for adults. How do I explain this difference? There is no sense of condescension, for one thing, no patronizing simplicity, and no obvious lessons that need to be learned. There is no straining for effect. Rather, the narrative is smooth, honest, ev ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Superb writing, intensely real.

This book has two main threads, one following "Fletcher" who is returned to his family merchanted space ship after 17 years, and one thread following "JR" who is on a "command track" to be one of the Captains someday.

I very much enjoyed the Fletcher thread, and felt his wonder and joy with the Hisa semi-intelligent alien race on the planet Pell ("Downbelow Station") which I mentioned in the review of that book. He is effectively "legally kidnapped" by his space-fa
Lian Tanner
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There's something about Cherryh's writing that I absolutely love. Her books aren't easy to get into - they invariably have internal monologues that go on for pages and strain my patience, and the politics is often arcane and confusing. But the characters are so interesting and so convincing that I am willing to keep going until the point where the book completely grips me. The main story in 'Finity's End' is that of Fletcher, who is a lost boy, a child of foster families and courts, his own wors ...more
Michael Battaglia
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For a lot of people discovering that entire branches of their family not only exist but have been actively trying to reunite with them would be cause for celebration, unless they're something unpalatable like a cult of serial killers or mimes who keep insisting its your turn to walk the invisible dog. Its not quite that bad for poor Fletcher Neihart. His mother was left behind on Pell Station during the war while pregnant and while her ship intended to come back for her soon they wound up gettin ...more
More Cherryh merchanter novels! This one is about Fletcher Neihart, a 17-year-old boy who through a variety of misfortunes was orphaned & stranded on a space station -- volleyed between foster families and trapped in a never-ending court battle, he nevertheless pushes himself to succeed and works towards achieving his dream of studying Planetary Sciences.

-- at which point his long-estranged spacer family finally wins custody over him, and whisks him away to a ship-bound life where his skill
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This author's Cyteen is one of my very favoritest books. This book is set in the same universe, but it takes place in the other political faction's territory. The protagonist is compelled to give up his old life and become a crewman on a merchant vessel. The book is about that transition, but also about political dealings between the two factions, and within the merchant-spacer faction. I couldn't help noticing certain characterization elements that appeared in Cyteen, and sometimes when certain ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 1990s, space-opera
After reading all the other Alliance books, I didn't think Finity's End truly made a substantial impact. It felt too similar to Tripoint, the same sort of loner kid learning to fit in with the other kids that don't play so nice.

I liked that Fletcher was a bit toned down compared to some previous main characters. There are many psychologically unstable and messed up people in this universe. I think for good reason, although it's somewhat hard to root for someone who is constantly punching people
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
A really good story about Fletcher Neihart and how his place is not where he starts out.

His mother was left on Pell by Finity's End when they had to leave in a hurry. She was pregnant and would not be able to cope with the warlike conditions on board during pregnancy.

When she suicided, Fletcher was 4 or 5, and got caught up in the system. He got passed from one foster family to another and another and then the legal system tried to involve Finity's End.

By the time he's 17 and the book starts, he
Gregg Wingo
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Finity's End" is either the final story in the Pell trilogy ("Downbelow Station", "Merchanter's Luck") or the sequel to "Downbelow Station". It is like "Merchanter's Luck" in it is a very focused story but like "Downbelow Station" it encompasses the larger themes of Alliance space. Cherryh writes tight psychological stories not space operas so you have realistic and dramatic action stories not space fantasies. Like all good material from this author culture clashes are the central driving force ...more
Ted Cooper
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A coming of age novel with meditations on family and the foster care system, hazing, how trauma affects kids.

Lotsa cool space stuff :)
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Some people will give a book a chapter or two to win their interest, some a hundred pages; I'll give a book its entire length to win me over, because finishing a book, even a bad one, is closure, and even if a book is horrible, I think you have no right to badmouth it if you didn't even finish it. Well, Finity's End was not horrible, but my policy of finishing what I start proved effective because though I was nearing my wits' finite end in its first 40%, it then turned a corner, hooked me, and ...more
Joey Brockert
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Poor Fletcher got left on a station though he had citizenship on a ship, Finity's is . Actually, it was his Mom who was left. She was pregnant and there was a war starting. A ship was that will be fighting battles is no place for a new mom. All hands need to be at their best, so she was left. The ship was to pick her and the child up in a year or so, but it was seventeen (17) before the actual recovery could be done. In the meantime, she died of a drug overdose, leaving Fletcher to the social s ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the final novel of Cherryh's 'Company Wars' series, the author revisits the continuing theme of social outsiders and international politics. The war against the rogue Earth Company Fleet is beginning to wind down and the Family merchanter ship, Finity's End, is on a Merchanter Alliance mission to starve out the remaining pirates operating in human space. Seventeen years ago, during the height of the war, Finity was forced to leave a pregnant crewman behind at Pell Station. The novel's protago ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This "Company War" novel is set approximately 20 years after Cherryh's original and award-winning Downbelow Station. I have read a few of her follow-up Company War novels and found them to be mediocre, but was impressed with this one. It's not just a minor character story set in the same universe, but also encompasses the next cultural/historic shift in Cherry's universe. Not as dramatic as in Downbelow Station, but this one is an effective sequel. Better than Cyteen, for sure.

I also found the p
B. Lee
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still going and still loving them. I read some of these sooo long ago. Why don't I give five stars, well if I gave five stars to every book, I would look biased wouldn't I?
Nathan Trachta
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

I read this one long ago when it first came out, thought I'd reviewed it then. Oh well, a little time has passed and I was re-reading a few of Ms. Cherry's books and this one jumped out at me demanding to be re-read. A good thing because I'd viewed it as a rather average book for Ms. Cherryh. Having had time and many other books by her pass by me I can say I enjoyed this more than I remembered. While the beginning is a little slow and predictable I enjoyed the "non-conformist" learning to blend
Laura Bowles
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this lacks the intrigue of Downbelow Station, it is set in the same universe and some of the same characters appear. But this is the story of Fletcher, a young man whose mother died of an overdose and who has spent his life bouncing from one foster family to another. His extended family swoops in a demands that he join him. Because of the politics surrounding his parentage and birth, he is forced to join his family's ship. Fletcher doesn't know who to trust or where he will fit into this n ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any of her Downbelow or Traders books for many years. It was a real pleasure to be reintroduced to her series. Excellent story and very well written. Still within her Cyteen universe with the Alliance and the Union holding in an unsteady truce while trying to control the Pirates and smugglers. A 17 year old, who was born on Pell Station when his sick mother stayed at the station when her family ship Finity's End left, only to find herself and her newborn trapped, finds himself ripp ...more
Richard Penn
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book, with a dense believable setting and characters with real depth. I'm a purist in sci-fi so I like to see as few magic tricks as possible, and C J Cherryh's universe really just has one: faster-than-light travel. Otherwise, space is really big, light-speed delays are important to the plot and gravity only comes from spinning things. Also, you want to hurt someone, you punch them or put a bullet in them, no magic zap rays. The novel takes some concentration to read, espec ...more
Lance Springer
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Protagonist is an outsider that resists integrating with new social group. Several interpersonal conflicts simmer for about 150-200 pages. Said interpersonal conflicts coincidentally turn out to be the key in a wow-I-totally-saw-that-coming climax. In retrospect, very little happens in the course of the story.

This describes just about everything Cherryh writes. I'm not sure my description fully captures the sameness.

I'm giving some of the Cyteen stuff a try next, mostly because I'm curious about
Jo Rhett
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just finished re-reading this book, and it is honestly one of the best books every written. CJ starts us with an unlikeable, annoying, angry young man and takes us through his journey as one arc, while detailing a major shift in Alliance politics and the negotiations which made it possible in another. It's a brilliant tour de force on CJ's part, and one of the very best books ever written.
Alison Brown
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is probably the millionth time I've read this book but it's been packed away in a box for 7 years. i still enjoyed it but i think my reading tastes have changed somewhat. I found that I was skipping the politics and wanting to read ahead to more of Fletcher story. All in all a great tale though
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Love, love, love this book and wish that C.J. Cherryh would write a sequel like she did for Cyteen. I am currently re-reading it (again) and will let my 13-year-old read it next. He's ready. Best coming-of-age book ever.
Murray Writtle
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot. The characters grabbed me. In this one Cherryh manages to create a stranded loner within a different group of humanity, without resorting to aliens. I enjoyed the different take on what a ship's cargo needs to be and I love the ship's name.
Stephen Antczak
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Solid read, but not the most satisfying conclusion.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to break my rule and give 5 stars to a sequel but this one really is outstanding.
Kirk Lowery
Jul 24, 2011 added it
Shelves: scifi
A story of a coming of age.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my introduction to C.J. Cherryh. Fletcher's journey to find family and what he wants is very engaging.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A classic old style science fiction story which follows the growing struggles of a young man searching for his identity
Nov 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
source: honorable mention in "13 reasons to read sci-fi by women"
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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