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PS: I don't care what other people say, the Valentine/Valentine love scene....hands down my favorite ever....and yes I'm a guy. Anyone who says they wouldn't want to try the same thing if they were in the same position, is just deluding themselves.
As I read this novel, I was planning to write a review about how the author saved the series with a "Deus ex machina," which he began to telegraph early on, but he trumped me by naming the final section of the novel "Deus ex Machina." He apparently knew perfectly well what he was doing. I won't spoil it for you by saying more.
I enjoyed this series and was waiting expectantly for this finale. The evil being behind everything happening to mankind seemed too powerful for humans to defeat. Alas, he was. See the above paragraph. The science in the Science Fiction was believable. The characters were (mostly) believable. The action was almost non-stop. The series is a great read. If you haven't read the first one, I suggest you buy all three and read them straight through. They are really continuous.
I don't usually object to science fiction on philosophical grounds, but this story has one aspect that left me a little cold. Even the ancient aliens who long ago passed their singularity and transcended this mortal coil, believed that ethics and morality cannot exist without reference to god. Without god, there is only relativism and that inevitably results in evil.
It's a great book and a great series though.
* The science fiction concepts are an integral part of the plots and scheming, rather than mere window-dressing. The manner in which tach drives operate, for instance, is something on which many plot developments hang.
* You won't find just one or two major plot twists here and there. Swann throws them out hard and fast. Every time the good guys take a step, they're knocked back another. Every time it seems Adam has become unstoppable, another ray of hope peeks out.
* Swann has a novel way of depicting a uniquely wide variety of relationships. Now that more of the characters have been fleshed out, it's much easier to appreciate this.
It's rare to find a series that can live up to this kind of dramatic buildup, but Apotheosis manages it. If anything each book was a bit better than the last. This is one series in which the author is not afraid to make sweeping changes, to permanently and vastly alter his universe, and to take on risky topics that are difficult to do justice to. While Prophets started out a little stiffly with some info-dumps and somewhat weak characters, the series has steadily improved throughout, going from quite good to fantastic.
[NOTE: review book provided by publisher]