Exultant: Book Review

I finished this book a couple of days ago. It takes place 20,000 years (or is it 2,000? No, I believe it's 20,000 and I'm too damn lazy to go downstairs and check) after "Coalescent". Basically, humanity has spread across the Milky Way (just called the "Galaxy") and the last sentient race they're battling are the Xeelee. They somehow use the black hole in the center of the Galaxy (called Chandra) for some unknown reason to live, breed, etc. and humans cannot get rid of them once and for all. Then Pirius captures one of their ships (or is it the Xeelee themselves?) and due to FLT travel, he ends up 2 years before it really happened, so he meets his younger self, and due to this capture, some humans think they might be able to figure out a way to rid the Galaxy of the Xeelee.

Or something like that.

Overall, I liked the book. It was interesting to see how Coalescent societies were frowned upon, but that the military was kind of a coalescent in its own way. I didn't truly buy that humans would act the way they did in the book so far in the future, but that's way too hard for anyone to predict. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book in the series, but it was still a good read, and "Transcendent" is already on my nightstand.

* Posted at 01.22.2009 08:44:50 PM CST | Link *

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