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The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
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Aug 06, 2011

"The Killing of Worlds' is pretty good, although not quite at the level of excitement and intensity of its predecessor, "The Risen Empire". A recurring theme of any sci-fi book or series is that it's really hard to make the ending live up to expectations. In this case, both books are underpinned by a terrible secret that has held the Empire together for centuries. When we finally find out the secret, it just isn't that amazing or shocking.

But the ending aside, this was a good, compelling read. Both books centre around a single suspenseful space battle, and the author does amazingly well to keep the twists and turns coming. The main two characters, Zai and Oxham, are sympathetic and textured and the occasional flashbacks to fill in the back story fit in well. Overall, this was a refreshing, original read, with my only slight gripe that things wrapped up a little too quickly for my liking.

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