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- File Size : 3489 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : February 9, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01BM1SX3Q
- Print Length : 519 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,799 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is written on a very grand scale, with a lot of related and competing factions, including Life, Death, demons, technos, and some very alien entities. I took my time reading, so this could soak in. Like Dune, the grand scale involves elaborate attention to detail. Those details are important. The final couple chapters will hit unexpectedly, like ramming a Void-runner into a neutron star, with terror, suspense, and beauty. Evil/Good, Life/Death, are not exactly what they portray themselves as, and a much greater Entity makes Himself known in a still, small voice.
This is not an easy book to read, but is satisfying. It will take time to keep factions and characters straight. Take your time reading, work with the flow, and enjoy the journey.
I'll be honest, this was not the sequel I was expecting. There's a large time gap between the two books that caught me off guard in the beginning. Furthermore, the story spends significant time with characters that simply aren't in Nethereal. But the two stories are connected, and in a very strong way. I give Mr. Niemeier strong props for weaving the tales together in the way that he does. I can say that it's not an easy task - but to say much more than that would be to spoil rather important parts of the story.
The world here continues to be something new, unique, and different, rather than just a new spin on the same old generic "space universe" that we see so often in space operas. This installment explores even more of that world, and brings us far more of its history. The new characters are a real joy, especially Xander and Astlin. Meanwhile, the returning characters are even more interesting in this incarnation. Most interesting is the way the finale of Nethereal has repercussions that underlie every page of this novel, from beginning to end.
To put it bluntly, this novel is the rare sequel that manages to surpass its predecessor. I give it 5 stars out of 5, and I highly encourage reading it. There's a reason Mr. Niemeier received his Campbell nomination, after all.
This is so unlike most scifi fiction it's hard to properly give its well-deserved due. Think more Dune than Star Trek, think more John Carter of Mars than Star Wars, think more the ascribed workings of early Saints than anything in the Halo universe, think more pre-Campbell than Asimov, and you have an inkling of just how massively different this.
Oh, and it helps if you have visual vocabulary informed by such artists as Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Mamoru Oshii, and Hayao Miyazaki, to name but a few. Just read this and tell me I'm wrong: "Xander seized the weight bearing down on his heart and hurled all its awful force at Astlin. Concrete pillars down the length of the room crumbled to powder in a series of thundering bursts. He willed her away with all his might. And saw, when his strength was spent, that she had taken a single backward step."
And, to top it all off, it's very subtly Christian even when it doesn't seem to be.
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Also, there are space werewolves. Space werewolves! Seriously, what are you waiting for?!