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Very unsatisfying read
on July 11, 2015
The point I am happiest with about this series is that I had my wife pick all three up from the library, so I wasted no money on them. If I did not *hate* starting a series and not finishing it, I would have stopped after the first, or certainly after the second. As it was, I slogged through all three before writing this.
There were two earlier 2-star reviews that contain points I agree whole-heartedly with. Neither, however, covered one of the points that prevented me from enjoying any of the three books. I felt the Separatists had just cause. Certainly in the first book Travis went out of his way to point out how corrupt the Earth government was and how little say anyone off-Earth had in government decisions. Even in the second and third books, while Earth had a president who Travis gave everything short of an actual halo -- the remainder of the government continued to be corrupt. In short, there seemed to be an excellent reason for the Separatist movement to exist. In one part, the President makes a speech that the colonies seceding had no resemblance to the American colony breaking away from Britain... but did not actually provide any justification to this assertion.
Since both sides were human, it's not like John Ringo's Posleen series where you can simply write off 'enemy' deaths as being unimportant. The Separatists seemed to be in the right to me, but their deaths were treated as being trivial whereas one of the Earth forces getting a hangnail was a tragedy. In addition, despite being outnumbered in almost every fight, the Earth forces always prevailed -- even though the hardware was essentially identical in most cases and in some the Separatist had *better* hardware. I could neither believe the battles nor care about the characters he lavished attention on.
In short, the series as a whole was just completely unsatisfying to read. I didn't care for the ending, but I was happy to hit the last page.