If Finn was about to die before her eyes, she wanted to know she’d tried everything she could to prevent it. Even if that meant being the cause of it.
I enjoyed getting more with Edie and Finn and finding our conclusion to the previous book, Song of Scarabaeus. It kept the action alive and gave resolution to Edie and Finn’s dilemmas. It was cool to see more cyphertecks and how they differ. It made Edie seem less like this unicorn of a person with skills no one else has. The children were also a realistic evolution of the Crib based on the success they had with Edie.
I wish we could have gotten more in Finn’s head. Both books have been told from Edie’s POV and since Finn is so stoic and hardly ever says anything, it makes it challenging to see his growth and his developing feelings for Edie. Getting more about Finn was nice as well as seeing more of the Saeth which I find pretty fascinating.
I had a hard time fully grasping the “techy” stuff Edie and the children did. It was sometimes hard to visualize how Edie performed her cypherteck duties. I’m not sure if this is me missing something or if the ideas and descriptions were just really out there.
4 out of 5 stars
Convicts/Fugitives • Space Travel
The crib is everywhere . . .
Edie Sha’nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie’s extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose. Recaptured and forced to cooperate – or else she will watch Finn die – Edie is shocked to discover the Crib’s new breed of cypherteck: children. She cannot stand by while the oppressors enslave the innocent, nor can she resist the lure of Scarabaeus, the first world she tried to save, when researchers discover what appears to be an evolving intelligence.
But escape – for Edie, for Finn, and for the exploited young – will require the ultimate sacrifice . . . and a shocking act of rebellion.