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Finity's End Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998
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In Finity's End C J Cherryh returns to the universe made popular in her Merchanter and Cyteen series, some of which books earned her science fiction's coveted Hugo award.
This book continues the tale of a centuries-long dispute between the two political entities which rule known human space and the loosely-knit alliance of merchant ships who supply and connect them.
Within this gritty and appealing portrayal of a very believable and very human future you will find the story of one ship in particular, the Finity's End, and of one boy in particular, torn through no fault of his own between the world of the alien hisa and the that of a merchanter family starship.
You can expect to learn some new ideas about how you view your own world after looking at life through the eyes of this book.
There is no need to have read the books previously written in this universe - each book, including this one, is self explanatory, and yet manages to avoid over-repetitive explanations for those who have read the others - the mark of a very skilled writer indeed!
Finally, on a note near and dear to any science fiction reader's heart, strict attention is paid to the laws of nature and the workings of science. All in all, a superlative book, one to be cherished and read repeatedly.
This was a new trip, but not a new experience. I have been a vagabond traveler on many a far flung voyage around the universe compliments of Ms. Cherryh. Once again, she mesmerized me and took me a-sailing. I thank her profusely.
Almost two decades ago, war loomed and the vast merchant ship Finity's End answered its call. That meant leaving one member of its family/crew, Francesca Niehart, on Pell Station because the ship could not wait for her to receive medical treatment there. They'd be back in a year, her family promised Francesca. She had her son on Pell, and five years later - with the war still going on, and the ship still unable to return - Francesca committed suicide.
So Fletcher Niehart has grown up in a succession of foster homes, in a society where he simply doesn't fit, with his mother the only relative he can remember. He has no idea that his family aboard Finity's End has tried to retrieve him every time they've visited Pell Station, and that the social service authorities have refused to release him to them because the war is still going on. How can Pell possibly allow a small boy to leave the station's safety for life aboard a ship headed back into combat, the social workers and judges reason?
Fletcher makes his own life as he nears adulthood, by qualifying to work on the world Pell orbits - "Downbelow" - with that planet's gentle, intelligent natives. He's formed a bond with two of those "downers" that is the closest thing to family he has known since his mother's death, and the last thing he wants is to leave Patch and Melody when Finity's End finally prevails with the Pell Station authorities. Just a year before Fletcher will be old enough to decide his own destiny, he finds himself aboard his mother's ship; and it's not at all where he wants to be.
Life aboard Finity's End has its own customs, which Fletcher neither understands nor wants to understand.Read more ›
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I read this one long ago when it first came out, thought I'd reviewed it then. Oh well, a little time has passed and I was re-reading a few of Ms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. Trachta
I love the story of stationers, merchant families, and sapients native to the planet of Downbelow. Cherryh leaves blanks in the writing, to be filled by later disclosures. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do NOT read Finity's End (FE), published in 1997, without first at least reading CJ Cherryh's masterpiece Downbelow Station (DS, 1981) which sets in motion the Alliance-Merchanter... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by M. Frost
This is my sister's favorite book and she lost it during a move. She was so happy that I got this copy for her.Published on March 14, 2014 by D. P. Gmyrek
Poor Fletcher got left on a station though he had citizenship on a ship, Finity's is . Actually, it was his Mom who was left. She was pregnant and there was a war starting. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by David Brockert
Just read for the third time (in 10-year period) and enjoyed as much as the first two times. The plot is tight, the characters and vivid.Published on October 26, 2012 by Nekkosan
Once again Cherryh spirits you away to a universe of space stations and simple but wise aliens, with the usual smart young character who is in deep trouble. An excellent book. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Cassiopeia
I don't mind a little angst in my books, but this kid was as bad as Harry Potter in OotP. I love this universe but honestly have yet to like any of the actual stories set in it. Read morePublished on June 5, 2007 by Evan the Dweezil