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2.0 out of 5 starsAnticlimactic would be an understatement
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2014
Let me begin this review by saying I really, really liked the first Daybreak novel, and thought this series had a lot of promise. I was drawn to it, since it had a recommendation from S.M. Stirling, whose Montival series I had just finished and totally enjoyed. I will try to minimize spoilers, but will begin by saying it did not end the way I hoped it would. I could have accepted that, but the way it did end would be comparable to the TV series The Walking Dead ending when time travelling Nazis show up and kill everyone. That's different enough from what happens in this book as to not be a spoiler, but bizarre enough to explain how left-fieldish the ending felt.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2015
I loved this series, and was so excited when this book came out. When I finished the book I wanted to throw it across the room. Really? That is how you end it? *rolls my eyes like a teenager* And now I hear he wants to rewrite the other books to follow more along the lines he ended this book. I am sorry, I won't be reading them.
I am very disappointed, and I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I could think of some good Memes that should be attached to this book. He took a mature book, and ....ruined it in my opinion.
As an avid reader of this genre, I am often frustrated by how slowly authors write 😊 and having to wait a year until the next book in the series comes out. 😢 Of course I am only partially serious. I love long, involved stories, with lots of twists, turns, and heroic characters. I just find it hard to wait for the next chapter of the story. With my whining put aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this three book series, and can't wait for the next book.
The story fizzles. Most of the major characters die. The bad guys appear to win. A vague reference to extraterrestrials being the instagators of "Daybreak" is injected into the storyline at the last minute, but is not fleshed out enough to satisfy the reader's curiosity. If this is the final installment in the series, then it's a very poor ending. If it is not the final installment, then the next book had better be much better or I'm bailing from this series.
I won't spoil the ending but it feels like the author just got sick of writing this series or couldn't find a way out of a corner so they just slapped this ending on. It was a huge twist and you'll be sitting there, jaw open well after the book is done because you'll be shocked and a little pissed at the ending.
I was upset to read 3 books of build up to 10 pages of slap you in the face with a fish ending.
This author just got tired of writing about this; simplistic quick wrap up ending. Overall pretty good but it could have been taken a lot farther. The mass hypnosis theme should have been better explained.
5.0 out of 5 starsBest real hard science fiction I've read in years
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2016
Great characterization, interesting multiple related story lines, constant surprises and thought provoking ideas. Hard to stop thinking about the book during the process of reading each book in the series. Really want it to continue with more books.
Story was sort of wrapped up -- room for another sequel, but to be honest, who cares?
John Barnes has written some really thought-provoking fiction. Sadly, this trilogy has not come up to this standard, and has got worse with each book. I really hope he leaves this series to die, and goes back to some other work (Where is "A Far Cry"?), or tries something completely new. He can do so much better!
Others have complained about the series' ending but I quite enjoyed it.
The book is solidly written. The only gripe I could make is the series started on the premise of new technology and social/cultural changes but the last couple of books have been purely about the plot and characters. Nevertheless I still really enjoyed this.