Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Architect of Aeons (Count to the Eschaton Sequence #4) ★★★☆ ½

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Title: The Architect of Aeons
 Series: Count to the Eschaton Sequence #4
 Author: John Wright
 Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
 Genre: SF
 Pages: 397
 Format: Digital Edition


The Hyades emmissary makes it to earth. Since Montrose and Azarchel were both exiled to the outer limits of the Solar System, they couldn't participate. They do come back, learn that the Hyades simply vacuumed up all the humanity they wanted and sent them to colonize uninhabitable planets.

Earth, the moon and Jupiter are all now planet brains. Montrose and Azarchel go their separate ways, do their separate thing, plot and counterplot until it is time for Rania to return. Passing thousands of years in sleep or otherwise, we see humanity change, morph, mature and just begin to take their place in the larger cosmos.

The book ends right before Rania is supposed to return. So there is at least one more book. Bugger that!

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this much more than the previous book. The time skips become huge, sometimes 10's of thousands of years. So I just wasn't as invested in the story, hence it made it easier to just coast along.

Honestly, the whole “will Humanity be free or be slaves” thing going on between Montrose and Azarchel is getting a bit boring. You can only upgrade humanity so many times before it loses its “oomph”. And how come Montrose and Azarchel keep being smarter than even living planets? It doesn't make sense, no matter how much Wright starts bringing in “alternate Monument data” and other such rubbish.

This is Empty Calorie Science Fiction. There is nothing wrong with it, as long as you know you are getting that. I was under the impression that this was the final book so I was a bit pissed off when I reached the end and bam, Rania hasn't returned and there was still no resolution. But unlike the previous book, I wasn't bored. So take from that what you will.

★★★☆ ½

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