i can't believe I read the whole thing! It took about 1/3 of the book to figure out what was happening. Then for awhile I thought it would be worth it. In the end I thought the whole thing was pretty murky. Did I miss the first trilogy or something? It was like tuning in for the middle 30 minutes of a 2 hour feature film. I think this book got pretty good reviews so maybe it was just me!
Acceptable. Nothing like Once a Hero, though.
I have always enjoyed Moon's books, but this one was a major disappointment. the first 150 pages is confusing and disjointed. And, the dialogue drones on and on and on (well you get the picture). There is very little action. I found the end of the book jolting and unsatisfying. The book seems to be a set up for a one more another volume.
excellent series must be read to enjoy
Rejuvenants, people who have had the (expensive) age-reversing process, are in trouble. Bad rejuvenation drugs have poisoned some people and they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life--or the profit that comes from promising long life to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fueled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, those who have received experimental rejuventaions fear they may have been given bad drugs on purpose. Esmay Suiza's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbride of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation.
Fear begets violent reactions, from foreign governments, from great Families determined to maintain or increase their power, from internal rivalries in the Fleet, and nothing escapes the resultant bloodbath unscathed. As Esmay and Barin struggle to reconcile their families, others have more cosmic struggles to win.