There 's some good stuff here, it just needs more time and attention. -- -Original review posted 11 Jan 2020: I finished book on Tuesday, and it ’ s now Saturday.
I ’ ve had a lot of emotion about it, and ave a complicated elationship with he series as a whole, so the answe is, where do I tart? The most bvious place is that novel is, ssentially, a published first draft, just like the est of he series.
I have a lot ore to say than this, but the est of it is ess “ review ” and more “ discussion topic. ” As a note, I ’ ll nly be hiding spoilers for th memoi, ye the previous three.My number one complaint is something that isn ’ t new to Survive ( but is a lot more prevalent), and neithe is everyone ’ s complete and utter disregard for security clearance levels and operational security in general.
That is even explicitly stated in the text at one point, where George comes along “ because no one said he couldn ’ t. ” ( hide spoiler) ] Instead of taking advantage of a realistic difficulty for conflict and drama, it ’ s completely ignored, and I spend he entir book irritated by it.The biggest thing that annoyed me in terms of the plot itself was how long it took for the pegasei to come back into thi tal.
They ha such a big deal at the nd of Win—a sentient species enslaved by an unknowing populace—and yet that just… doesn ’ t ome up at all ( view spoiler) [ until what, the ast quarter of nove?
Which is number of eeks to months of in-story time ( hide spoiler) ]?
I feel that there ’ s a lot going on, but there were variou points at which Gwen was presented with the opic of the pegasei, and she spared them only the barest thought—when she thought of them at all.
( hide spoiler) ] problem I have, th one very broad, is omething I ’ ve been variously thinking of as tone or genre or expectation; there may be another word for it, but I don ’ t have it yet.
( hide spoiler) ] As with the whole of he series, I did like his novel.