Thursday, August 11, 2011

GEARS OF WAR: Coalition's End by Karen Traviss

3.5 out of 5 Robots!
Coalition's End
Author: Karen Traviss
Genre: Video Game Novel
Release: August 2, 2011
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Gallery
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex
Buy the Book: Amazon

About the Book: 
When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors—the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments—have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance.

Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a while, there’s hope . . . making peace with old enemies, and once again planning for the future. But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege from an even deadlier force than the Locust—the Lambent, a hideous and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its path. As the Lambent’s relentless assault spreads from the mainland to the island, the refugees finally understand what drove the Locust from their underground warrens and sparked the global war. 

While Marcus Fenix and the Gears struggle to hold back the invasion, the Coalition faces a stark choice—fight this new enemy to the last human, or flee to the wastelands to take their chances and live like the human pariahs known as the Stranded . . .  Courtesy of

Quick Thoughts: 
First I have to say that I have not read Anvil Gate by Karen Traviss, which is the book prior to Coalition's End. I was really excited about reading Coalition's End because I had a lot of fun watching the video games played through. That being said, I seriously enjoyed this book- it was a pleasant surprise! Wasn't sure how I would feel about reading a military science fiction. And the reader can read this as a stand alone- Traviss gives enough background that you will not feel lost. However, this does take away from the characters, so I plan on going back and reading the previous novels. 

The only real problem I had with this book were the characters. I didn't feel that connected to them. Though I probably feel this way because I read this as a stand alone and I'm used to having a female heroine that I can really relate to. I think that when I go back and read the rest of the series, it will have given the characters more time to develop and I will have a better feel for them.

The first thing I'd like to say is that this book is incredibly detailed, I'm thoroughly impressed.  The plot is gritty, intense and I highly recommend this book if you love the video game series or military science fiction. I've got my boyfriend reading it now, he is an avid Gears of War fan and he is really into the novel. The first book in quite sometime that he is actually going to finish!

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