LALKJSLKJHODIJHOIELSLIDFGOWLS. Stupid book and it’s stupid ending and stupid authors for not finishing the series yet. AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH
Which is not actually a review, I acknowledge. If you’ll allow me a moment to compose myself, let me see if I can put something coherent together. So yea, this book… GUYS I NEEED THE NEXT ONE NOW. Ahem, I mean it doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger, but it does a little bit and that is enough to make me want to scream. It’s close enough to a cliffhanger that I am salivating for the next book, for which I now have to wait 6-7 months. For all of you who waited a year, you have my pity. Part of the reason I’m just so antsy is that I didn’t see the end coming on this novel. There wasn’t really a wrap-up, more of a pause. And that’s partly because the events in the novel took a bit of time to get started.
This was not an easy book for me to get into. I’ve been in a bit of a book slump of late and nothing was really gelling. Which is really weird, because this book should have been catnip I couldn’t stay away from. This time, instead of new people to tell the story with we’re told the story through the POV of the four members of the Roci crew. Alex, Amos, Naomi, and of course Jim Holden all have a part to tell about the events in this book. The story took a long time to come together, and once it did it was so horrific that I had a hard time continuing. This is a book about terrorism, and guys it’s awful. Seriously, I’ve said before that the tensions between Belters, Martians, and Earthers come to a head and things go south in previous books. Well in this one, they just go someplace even worse. I mean, worse. But even with the horrific events in this book, I still think the story these guys are telling is a hopeful one. Things look terrible right now, but it’s the beginning of the third act of this story and things always look shitty at that point. Right? Someone console me.
And that is a terrible and horrible vague summary, but I really don’t want to give anything more away. Except to add that in addition the showing the POV of these four crew members, we also delve into their past and how that makes them who they are. Naomi’s is particularly poignant, but holy cow does it make her one of the strongest female characters. Plus Jim is doing his stupid nobility thing that just gives me hearts in my eyes. I really do just love him and his stupid sense of honor.