As far as its written, well. As a premise I wonder what where they thinking when someone pitched this idea and someone else said yes. As another reviewer so aptly put it, I read for the escapism, to be entertained, sometimes to have my mind blown away with an interesting concept or a nice commentary. This appeared to me as an author having a bad day and taking it out on the characters. The other review, titled lost as a reader is right. The next several books does not just dwell on the aftermath, they wallow in it. What began as a series I had bought faithfully and loved the premise and characters, turned into a fading glory.
In somewhat fairness it seems to be the trend these days. Killing off characters to prove they can die and there is jeopardy we (the readers) should expect and not gloss over. However, I read (or watch a series, yes I mean you SG and SGA) to bond with a set of characters and go through adventures not with the will they survive mentality, but with either how do they get out of this one or purely to go through the adventure with them seeing them react and how it affects them.
If the goal of the author was to make all these deaths so heroic, it failed. The deaths were cheapened by the sheer number of them. I could only go through so much before it changes from oh no, not him/her, before it became oh not another one.
Worst of all, we have to read about the survivors wallowing in grief (not just grieving I mean -wallowing-) for books, -books- to come. I've actually stopped reading the series now (several books later).
Its a shame this book couldn't be taken back and said 'ooops we didn't mean it', but its here. If you love deaths a plenty, buy it. If not, don't bother. I'd say skip it, but the next several books will visit this one again, and again, and again ad nauseam. I do mean that.
Its a shame, the ending of a great series. I'll have the earlier books of their 'golden era' to enjoy.