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The rules governing Earth's reality are about to be broken
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The Ontic Library, buried deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, is the glue holding the fabric of what is real -- and what is not -- in place. Archivist Brigid Baptiste takes the plunge to stop the dangerous curiosity of a god prince from discovering the omnipotent knowledge that could destroy the world.
State of BecomingThe boundaries of order created by the nine baronies during America's apocalyptic aftermath have fallen away to a new wave of transcending chaos. The deep-rooted conspiracy that shadows humanity has been exposed, the relentless battle for earth continues, and only an intrepid faction of exiles possesses the might and means to repulse the tide of subjugation and subversion from alien oppressors.
Reality's IllusionThe scion of the Cerberus rebels' fiercest foe has risen from his own ashes -- and hijacked the very storehouse of earth's reality. The Ontic Library, buried deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, is the glue holding the fabric of what is real -- and what is not -- in place. Archivist Brigid Baptiste takes the plunge into the sentient data stream of infinite knowledge to stop the dangerous curiosity of a god prince from discovering the omnipotent knowledge that could destroy the world.
Breaking the code
The Ullikumis story arc is picking up speed and it's interesting that questions are finally being confronted about the whole series' formula, such as Kane and Bridget's relationship and just why the alien overlords are only based in North America. The usual team is also shaken up by the addition of an extra character and that gives the story a fresh feel too. It adds to the sense that big changes are coming.
There's also some careful continuity, although nothing that's off-putting for newcomers. For example I knew nothing of the alien Balam until now. But for regular followers its nice to get the details right. Plus the welcome return of an old character who seemed to have much more mileage in them.
The Ontic Library is a big concept and makes the stakes in this story as big as they've ever been. The idea of an actual blueprint not just for material objects but for the physical laws of the universe is a huge, almost overwhelming concept. It's certainly a concept that invites all kind of story ideas but quite rightly in this adventure the emphasize is purely on the dangers of individuals using such godlike power.
There's some good recalls to the kind of biomechanoid technology which the Alien films made famous. Good to see the return of an fascinating character from a few books back. A very entertaining installment that's stronger than the previous book in the series "Oblivion Stone" and promises that the saga is in good hands. Good cliffhanger too.
Did we just leave this party?
After the last book where they supposedly killed off the stone god Ullikummis, I figured that would be the end of that storyline.
I was wrong.
For the most part I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see the gang back at that west coast town. I thought that created a good line of continuity from one book to the next. With different authors helming the series now, you never know where KGB will end up from one book to the next.
I guess my only concerns with the book were:
- Ullikummis returns. They're gonna need some bigger guns to take down this guy. But considering he is now supposedly unstoppable/immortal, they're gonna have to eject him into space again to get rid of him.
- The cult of Ullikummis. Now people have rocks in their heads and have been indoctrinated. The only thing I didn't like about this is a) it continues the storyline of the stone god b) near the end of the book they all just ... disappeared. Into thin air. I was expecting them to pop up near the end to help Ullie but I guess I was wrong.
- Unlimited ammo cheat. There was only one or two times where during the big battle at the end, it was said K & G reloaded their weapons. Kane should have been reloading every other page with the way he was going through Sin Eater clips. Same with Grant and the SMG.
Aside from those few things, I liked the book.