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Grail Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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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
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All I can say is wow, Elizabeth has got a big brain. I love love LOVE sci-fi that makes you think and this has that in spades.
I love the social science and philosophical aspects of the book and the fact that the characters all seem competent.
I wish I would have read the first two books as I'm sure that would have tremendously impacted my enjoyment. I mean, if I enjoy the book as is, then I would have absolutely loved the book had I read the first two. Hell, I may just go back and get the first two..
The only negative critique I have is I feel the author missed the opportunity to really show the dynamics/conflict between the ship and the planet. I really really would have loved to have seen more socio-technical-political conflict between the planet and the ship/occupants, at least 5 or 6 chapters worth. Instead, we get like 2 chapters worth and really not even that given how quickly everything comes to conclusion.
But in fairness, I think the author had a specific type of ending in mind and as is, that ending with the story 100% works. I don't think it would have been possible to achieve that same ending if there was the conflict that I wanted to see. So, its not a mistake on the author's part, but more a matter of preference.
In any event, I loved the book, should have done a better job reading the inside cover so I could have seen this is a book 3 and read the first two books first.
I'll probably look for more books from this author