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- Publication Date: October 25, 2017
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Let me explain my continuing surprise regarding the Galaxy's Edge series by recourse to Gurren Lagann. Gurren Lagann is a 2007 series by GAINAX, one of my favorite Japanese studios. At the beginning, Gurren Lagann is the story of two boys, Simon and Kamina, who are bored with their rote and regimented life, and who act out in predictable ways. Then, Simon stumbles on an artifact of great power, the core drill. This sets in train a sequence of events that culminates in a battle for the fate of the galaxy.
However, none of this is apparent at first. The core drill and its spiral power is a metaphor for what is going to happen. Each revolution of the crank brings you to a higher level, but the spiral itself is unchanged; it simply grows in diameter. Gurren Lagann is a brutal sendoff of mecha anime, and often uses puerile humor to mask its subtlety. Simon and Kamina are teenage boys, after all. But the total effect is a fascinating story that happens on multiple levels simultaneously, while keeping its essence unchanged throughout.
Galaxy's Edge is much like this. You think, space marines, OK, this is Tom Clancy in space! Or Tom Clancy with Star Wars! We will get elite soldiers who kick ass, some political intrigue, and we all get to be heroes in the end, right?
As it turns out, all of the real heroes are dead. [Spoiler alert. I'm not kidding about that.] They don't give out the Order of the Centurion posthumously 98.4% of the time for nothing. Each book in the series feels very different because each one is a turn of the crank, expanding beyond the gripping tale of the survivors of Victory Company in Legionnaire, to something much, much bigger. New secrets are revealed, deeper connections forged to things that seemed incidental at the time. Yet, we are also getting something much the same: space opera competently done, with a touch of dark humor and military action-adventure
And, by the way, I agree: it is never a good idea to give weapons strong AI, even if they make interesting observations about poetry.
The action is relentless and unexpected, a hallmark of this series to date. From one-to-one combat, using fancy weapons and creative ways of killing your targets and using teamwork to provide cover to accomplish overall squad goals, this novel has it all. Once again, it effectively demonstrates the intensity of combat, the value of a trusted teammate covering your back and out-of-the-box thinking to extricate themselves from a situation that looks hopeless. The relentlessness of war, the staggering losses and the politics of a corrupt government all have a role to play in this novel. I particularly liked the missiles imbued with some limited artificial intelligence as they (literally) make for really smart weapons. What was done with these weapons was particularly exciting and added an extra level of excitement to the battles they were used in.
One of the other hallmarks of this series is knowing that the story will always unpredictably shock you with where it will go next. As the story pivots from one part of the novel to the next, it is a true bombshell when we see where it ends up. The idea here comes out of left field and was a true jaw-dropper when I saw how it played out. I was amazed, astonished, delighted and ultimately chilled by the results, as it represents the darkest turn yet in a series filled with them.
When Wraith meets up with Captain Chhun’s kill team from Dark Ops, it’s a reunion of sorts with old friends. Chhun and his cohorts used to be commanded by Wraith during his Dark Ops days portrayed in the first three novels in the series that take place five years before the current timeline. This novel brings us up to speed on what those characters have been doing along with some other characters we’re familiar with. The wistfulness of those days from the past and the feelings it stirs up in Wraith as he heads into battle as a Legionnaire once more are one of the most interesting developments for this character to date.
This is the first time since the second novel that we get to hang out with the Indelible VI crew and I've missed seeing them in this series. Filled with some off-beat and distinguishing characters, they are all true standouts and they get plenty of development as well. What was especially striking was Prisma, the ten-year-old girl, who explores her fears and her courage. Her future and her untapped potential get explored in surprising ways and she becomes even more central to the plot than you would suspect.
Leenah, Skrizz, KRS-88, and Garret all get plenty of time to shine as well. We get some beautiful moments with all of them that effectively demonstrate the motivations for their actions, their tenacity under fire as well as some humorous asides that lighten up the dark plot going on here. One of my previous complaints, about Skrizz not getting enough character development, even gets addressed here and does so in a touching way I didn't foresee.
As usual, continuity from previous novels is very important here. We’re given just enough information for us to connect characters and history from the other stories to jog our memory and then it takes the plot further and advances the characters more. As events from those novels are interwoven into this one, I continue to appreciate the care, forethought, and attention to detail the authors have been using as they write these stories. Some of those connections are truly surprising and thrilled me with the ingenious way they were used in the novel. There was one story used here that reaches back into the novel's timeline to a very crucial battle and used that history so well, I was in absolute awe in how it was utilized here.
We even get to see the aftermath of the battle of Tarrago from the point of view of Goth Sullus, tying this novel together with the previous book in this series. Getting into his head is always dark, brooding and well done, as the mystery of his background and his powers continues to slowly unfurl and keep us begging for more.
This is another outstanding novel in the Galaxy’s Edge series with the best mix of action and character development to date and that is saying something! It provides a roller coaster space opera story, hard-hitting sci-fi combat, some great developments for each character that I loved and some really awesome hints at stories to come. I greatly look forward to the next novel in the series!
I came to the series because I’ve read other books by Nick Cole. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by him. I really wasn’t familiar Jason Anspach’s writing before reading this series. But I’ve become a believer in him too. Because of this series I’ve just gone to buy my first book outside the series from Anspach. That’s the thing with these guys: you read something by them and you get hooked. As a reader I like that. If you haven’t read any of this series yet, get the first one Galaxy’s Edge: Legionnaire. Don’t worry, it won’t take you long to get to Sword of the Legion. You won’t be disappointed.
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