Four years after Festina Ramos left Melaquin, the “planet of no return,” Uclodda Unorr arrives. Unorr is a hired smuggler tasked with gathering evidence of misconduct of the Technocracy’s Outward Fleet. Much to his surprise he discovers that Oar, a resident of the planet and last of her kind, is still alive. Though Oar’s glass-like body is indestructible, her mind grows weak and will soon fall victim to “apathetic hibernation.” Along with her old friend Admiral Festina Ramos, Oar must reveal the true history of Melaquin and expose the ugly deeds of the Outward Fleet before her weary mind surrenders.read more
A somewhat different book than I anticipated, but then again, the League of Peoples books have done that. I jumped to this book directly from the first in the series. I was recommended that this might be good in case I was unsure about the series. I acutally was a bit uncertain having read the first 30 pages of the second book in the series, and having missed Festina and Oar greatly. I do not recommend this for others. Firstly because this book loosely refers things that must have happened in previous books (soon I will know for certain) and secondly because Ive now read further in Commitment Hour, and it has become a vastly better book than it seemed at first.Now .. to this book. It reintroduces Oar who we met in Expendable. Not only is she reintroduced .. we read the entire story as seen through her eyes. It makes for a wonderful story since Oar is both very outspoken and childish at times, but still manages to do the adult thing at many crossroads. She also makes Acending into a quite a bit more comedic than the Expendable and Commitment Hour books are. Later on we also meed Festina Ramos from the first book, and manage to get a view of how Oar views their relationship. All in all, it brings together a duo that in many ways made Expendable work. In addition it introduces a couple of new characters who are not quite as remarkable nor memorable, but still manages to get a point or two across.Finally we get closer to the Shadill who represent one of the more ancient races, as well as The Polisand, a highly developed alien who proclaims himself to be "The Ultimate Bastard of the Universe", In the end it can be a bit confusing who the title actually refers to, and I will not spoil the read ... suffice it be to say that It does not seem like neither Festina nor Oar has said their Last at this point.The book is (as was Expendable) a quick read. I spent little less than a week reading it. It gives quite a few laughs, and I would ask everybody who follows the League of Peoples books to stick it out, if nothing else but to read this book in its context.read more
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