This deftly told story completes the Jacob's Ladder trilogy begun in Dust and Chill. The Conns and the other inhabitants of an ancient wandering spaceship face their last and greatest challenge. They've finally found a habitable planet, but others beat them to it: "right-minded" humans, surgically altered to achieve emotional balance, and more alien to the Jacobites than extraterrestrials would be. Leaders on both ship and planet are willing to fight and kill to keep the two cultures from interacting, while old enemies aboard the Jacob's Ladder re-emerge to wreak destruction. The story is poised on a knife's edge, with the Jacobites facing both possible annihilation and inner demons just as they're closing in on their goal. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apparent in this intense wrapup. (Mar.)
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"This deftly told story...is poised on a knifes edge. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apperent in this intense wrapup." --Publishers Weekly
"Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy finale is a stirring and satisfying story...while also being a book about what it means to be human." --Romantic Times
As the ship nears the planet where they hope to end their thousand-year journey, they discover the worst: the planet is already inhabited--by humans. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Juushika
This the type of book you have to read many times to attempt to understand or read once and accept that you can wonder without understanding.Published 6 months ago by Asia Bey
So many large arc stories get resolved in a rush, or continue too long. Very satisfying to have this one come to a logical, progressed, and well paced conclusion. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Faith Colleen Carr
Random House is charging the same for a collection of streaming electrons as the real book. Thanks, but no thanks, gougers.Published on May 8, 2013 by Andrew Haldane