Published: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: The Divide #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 480 (Paperback)
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
The Expanse meets Game of Thrones in J. S. Dewes’ fast-paced, sf adventure The Last Watch, where a handful of soldiers stand between humanity and annihilation.
It’s the edge of the universe.
Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything with it.
The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels—the recruits, exiles, and court-martialed dregs of the military.
At the Divide, Adequin Rake, commanding the Argus, has no resources, no comms—nothing, except for the soldiers that no one wanted.
They’re humanity’s only chance.
A collapsing universe!
Threat of (another) alien invasion!
How cool is all that? Way, way too cool. I couldn’t resist picking up the audiobook, especially after so many glowing reviews from my fellow bloggers. I’m glad I listened (though I was already keeping an eye on it) because it was a pretty darn cool story.
At some point in humanity’s long history the universe stopped expanding and just stopped, forming an edge. This border of the abyss is called the Divide and there are ships stationed there full of the military’s troublemakers. That’s where Adequin Rake, Titan war hero and captain of the Argus is now stationed. It’s also where the disgraced and disowned heir to the most powerful family in the human universe has been shuttled off to. Cavalon Mercer blew up his grandfather’s new genetics laboratory/cloning facility to prove a point – that he hates him and all he stands for – and now he’s stuck at the edge of the universe. Cavalon, Adequin, and a few other crew members from the Argus must try to save the universe as it begins its inevitable collapse and the threat of alien invasion from the Viators is renewed.
This was an exciting, edge of your seat type story with plenty of action and calamity. What could possibly be worse than the edge of the universe violently rushing inward? Well, the threat of a third Viator war after the immeasurable destruction caused by the first two is actually just the icing on the cake, especially since Adequin Rake was supposed to have eradicated the last breeding Viator. The characters were likable and I easily found myself rooting for all of them – Adequin and Cavalon are merely the tip of the iceberg. The secondary characters are just as likable and have interesting pasts of their own that the story slowly begins to unveil.
Overall this was an enjoyable read, though I did find myself wishing things would just hurry up toward the end. I can’t even recall why I wanted the book to move along so much – impatience probably. Despite my impatient tendencies, I’m looking forward to the next book, The Exiled Fleet, which will be published in August 2021.