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Soon, our “bribes” to the Marauders weren’t enough and their hordes decided to attack humanity and take what it wanted. Earth fell quickly as did Mars and all other human colonies. Addy Linden, Marco Emery, Lailani De la Rosa, and Captain Einav Ben-Ari have had their share of very bad luck. Now, their luck has turned even worse! The four don’t remain together as long as they should with Addy being captured by the Marauders and taken aboard one of their ships. Meanwhile, the other three have fled Haven after barely surviving themselves. It was unfortunate that Addy was captured, and the three remaining vow to rescue her as soon as they possibly can. That might be a very long, long time.
This is a very dark book. There is a lot of internal conversations going on in the minds of what was once, very young people. Now, aged by constant war, they have memories that would kill lesser humans. Yet, these young people are resilient if nothing else. I don’t necessarily care for all the internal, touchy-feely, dialogue, but the author does it well. You can’t really know the thoughts of another human unless you put them there and that’s what the author is doing. Whether a real person would do as much sole-searching, self recrimination and other defeatist stuff is questionable. Still, what they are going through is constant; always being chased by the Marauders who seem to know where they are going and what they are trying to do. The team of Marco, Lailani, and Captain Ben-Ari don’t seem to be as vigilant as they should be. They are on a very fast starship accompanied by a captured Marauder ship traveling through hyperspace, yet they don’t seem to have any way of detecting approaching ships. They get attacked by more Marauders very quickly and seem to lose every battle.
Addy, on the other hand, is taken back to a conquered Earth to see and become of unspeakable horrors. The book is very dark and depressing, especially now. There is some hope, but not very much. Addy is a fighter and she never backs down from anything, but there are so many, many vicious marauders ready to tear her apart and literally eat her body. There is a disgusting element to the book, but that only makes it that much better. In jest, I would say the author has a very sick mind!
I can’t wait for the sixth book. At some point there has to be an end to all this death and destruction. All of our heroes find themselves in impossible positions and it doesn’t appear to be anyway out. Earth has been conquered, plain and simple, and all humans are now being processed like cattle through slaughterhouses. Something has to turn around and I’m very interested in seeing what the author does to bring some kind of satisfactory ending to the terribly dark and depressing story.
Read the series. If you like science fiction, you’ll love everyone of these books.
I plan to buy every book in this series, even the ones I already read. It spoke to me on so many levels, reminding me of situations in my own life being recreated in the fictional lives of characters that I fell in love with reading about from the very beginning. Marco. Addy. Kemi. Lailiani. Ben-Ari. They all live on in this book, fighting to save humanity and what's left of themselves. They're human, inside and out, the writing giving an organic view into the minds of each critical character. It's a beautiful thrilling read that I'm hoping is made into a movie series someday. Furthermore, it's inspired me in my own sci fi novel - a huge accomplishment, in my opinion. It's hard to find books like this that leave such a powerful impact on us - and the Earth Rise series doesn't shy away from accomplishing exactly that.
Though this particular book of the series doesn't have as much of the world scale, galactic battles that a few of the prior ones did, it instead was loaded with creative exploration, a refreshing escape from some of the war throughout the rest of the book, establishing a beautiful balance between both. I'm beyond excited to read the sixth now. Without spoiling anything, I'd like to say that I can't wait to see what becomes of the wretched maurdurers. Good luck, you brain slurping spiders. ;)
Thank you Daniel, for another amazing book to a brilliantly crafted series.