The Last Watch » Repost from @medeajade
Lovely review of The Last Watch 🥰 Thanks so much for sharing, @medeajade!
I didn’t often post about books I’ve read but this one… could not put it down! @jsdewes this is a masterclass in sci-fi writing. My GoodReads review is below.
Okay, I started this point form list trying to all my thoughts down as quickly as possible, but fuuuuuuck!!! I just want to talk about how AMAZING this book is!!!
Some people don’t care about character development, but for me, if I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the story. I love these characters. They are so well thought out, develop so subtly and poignantly through the course of the book, and their relationships with one another are believable and likeable. So often fictional relationships feel forced, but not here.
The world building was both small and epic at the same time. I mean, does it get more epic than the edge of the universe? Yet the story itself takes place on a few small ships, giving you a feeling a grandeur without overwhelming the reader with information needed to make a huge location(s) come alive.
And the gradual build-up of information - spectacular and skillful. General information about the world is delivered consistently through exposition while the information driving the plot comes in bursts and we receive it at the same time as the characters making the experience that much more immersive. You’re catching on and coming to big realizations at the same pace.
The books ends with the story neatly and excitingly tied up, answering some big questions, and introducing what will be the overarching story and crisis of the series. It leaves you satisfied but still questioning.
This author has kept a brilliant balance of all the necessary elements of story building throughout. It was wonderfully reminiscent of games like Halo and Mass Effect. I could honestly go on and on about how insanely skilled this author is and why, but ultimately what it comes down to this is a book that any sci-fi would love and I can’t recommend it highly enough.