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One of the best space opera I have heard. Enjoying the trilogy very much. I am looking forward to continuing the next trilogy on Alex's and Caleb 's adventures. The politics, intrigues and aliens from across the galaxy trying to control the humans in the different planets under the Alliance and the Federation are fantastic! Most enjoyable.
I'm likely in this for the long haul. Not that I'll rush out and buy book three as soon as it comes out, but I imagine I'll pick it up at some point. Vertigo continues the trend set by the first book of, despite it's frequent narrative shifts, of keeping the focus contained well enough not to feel like narrative space isn't being wasted when someone besides Alex or Caleb. Characters were the first book's strength and that continues here. I was invested in the characters enough that the ever frequent conspiracy scenes didn't divest me from enjoying things moment to moment.
However, one thing I find frustrating is how everyone seems to HAVE to pair off. I know that it is expected in this type of book, but at least in this instance it feels very forced. The characters are the series' strong suit, so when it turns out that everyone has to find a member of the opposite sex to feel their existence fulfilled I end up shaking my head. Or is it just that as a part time romance novel everyone needs a partner to bang? Alex and Caleb fuck like rabbits every time a door closes. It really feels like that should be enough.
Story: Mills and Boon in Space. Chick-Sci-fi I guess.
Performance: To these UK ears, bizarre distracting over-enunciation of every second word and laughable foreign accents in the best traditions of Dick Van Dyke. Pyper Down! If only she would.