A sad but satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series. From the very first book with these characters, Assassin's Apprentice, this has been one of theA sad but satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series. From the very first book with these characters, Assassin's Apprentice, this has been one of the most engrossing and satisfying series that I've ever read. Over the course of the 9 books in the series, the characters and the world they live in grow and change. This book brings it all to an incredible and fulfilling conclusion, but with the promise of more developments in the world in the future.
My only gripe with Assassin's fate was that I never read the Liveship trader or Rain wild books. While they weren't vital for me to understand what was going on, this book also felt like an epilogue for those books, spending the majority of it's middle half focusing on characters from those books and the parts of the world they introduced. Since I never read them, that section felt a bit plodding, however I will likely go back and read them soon.
Overall, this book brought the series to a great end. While I'd love to see more stories from the characters, and the ending is left open for more, I would also feel satisfied if there were no more about this world....more
Overall, I enjoyed this book but was not as blown away by it as I had hoped I would be. While it may seem fantastical to have the underground railroadOverall, I enjoyed this book but was not as blown away by it as I had hoped I would be. While it may seem fantastical to have the underground railroad actually be underground, I would not go as far as to call it an alternate history of fantasy book. The railroad is a plot device, but the events of the book that actually matter, are more historical fiction or literary fiction- that is to say, don't come for the fantastical elements, and if you don't like fantastical elements, don't be hesitant to read it.
The characters were well realized, and the story interesting. The book does a great job of digging into the different ways that slavery was abhorrent, but also how things can still be slavery in everything but name. It is a dark book, but it was a dark and horrible time in the country's history....more
Overall, an enjoyable start to a new space opera series. The characters are interesting, as is the world building. The ending felt a bit rushed howeveOverall, an enjoyable start to a new space opera series. The characters are interesting, as is the world building. The ending felt a bit rushed however, and I'm not sure if I buy into the characterization of the antagonists. They seem a bit too cookie cutter. I'm looking forward to the next book however!...more
Another gut punch of a book by Emma Newman. I really loved Planetfall, both for it's interesting setting and overall world building, but also becauseAnother gut punch of a book by Emma Newman. I really loved Planetfall, both for it's interesting setting and overall world building, but also because of the complexity of the main character, and the skill with which the first person, but unreliable narrative was written.
After Atlas takes the interesting world building back to a dystopian Earth led by corporations. The main character is a little less interesting for most of the book, but his hidden complexity explodes in the last third of the book. I'm not usually a huge reader of crime novels, which the first 2/3s of the book read as, but the world and writing are interesting and I was compelled to find out what the larger story was at the end. Also, in what seems to be the start of a trend in Newman's work, it has its fair share of gut punches at the end.
I'm excited for where the series goes next!...more
This book was both incredibly fascinating, but also incredibly frustrating due to horrendous issues with gender stereotyping. It is definetely one ofThis book was both incredibly fascinating, but also incredibly frustrating due to horrendous issues with gender stereotyping. It is definetely one of the more imaginative scifi books I've read in a while, and its scope was truly immense, but at the same time, there are so many issues when it comes to gender and what felt like an underlying implausibility to a lot of the events.
On nearly every occasion possible through this book and the first two in the series, women are treated as weak, motherly, and are responsible for literally destroying the world, while men are only useful and respectable if they are incredibly macho, and they are needed to clean up the messes that women leave behind.
(view spoiler)[From the first book, it's a woman who is responsible for starting the crises by calling the Trisolarans to invade. In Death's end, the main character destroys the world twice, when she starts the Trisolaran invasion, and when she stunts human research. While the book is largely from her perspective, as readers, we are lead to believe that it is her feminine weakness that has led to those outcomes. Additionally, men in the future who have become less traditionally masculine are always portrayed as weak and pointless. (hide spoiler)]
While the book was surely interesting, I found it difficult to get past the problematic parts to really enjoy it....more