Copyright 2001 by
I first read this in ? 2001.
The fourth and final book of this superb series sees the asteroid
on a collision course with Earth. In the general depression that
the asteroid's inevitable arrival has induced, there's very little hope
of mounting any effective defense against it. However, Mariessa Van
Huyton and her protegees pull together to stimulate at least some
Jacinta Rosario, Chase Coughlin, Jimmy Poole, Hobie, Styx and Mariessa
are right in the thick of it. Ned Dubois, Meat Tucker and Forrest
Calhoun makes guest appearances. And there's a surprising and enjoyable
return of an old character toward the end of the book.
OK, I was a bit fed up during the first half of the book -
it was good but but lacked the excitement and breadth of the
previous books. In particular it mostly lacked Mariessa, but
once things got rolling along, the book rocked.
I rate this as one of the best SF series, better (to my amazement) than Larry
Niven's "Ringworld" trilogy or the "Mote in God's Eye" pair. Is it as
good as the "Foundation" or "Dune" series? I don't know yet - I need
to reread them to decide, if a such a decision is possible
Wonderful - but read the series in the correct order!
Loaded on the 10th December 2001.