FICTION

The Last Watch

Tor. (The Divide Series, Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. 480p. ISBN 9781250236340. pap. $18.99. SF
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DEBUT At the edge of the Universe lies the Divide, an empty border where the Viators crossed and battled humanity. Since then, a xenocide plus a Resurgence War have cast the last of the alien race into oblivion. The Sentinels of the Legion, made up of little more than exiles and convicts, still patrol the Divide. Cavalon Mercer has been placed here, stripped of titles and support, as punishment for his attack on his royal grandfather’s genetic lab. He should keep a low profile, since few like his family, but his attitude and intelligence refuse to bow, not even to Adequin Rake, commander of the Argus, a woman who holds her own past close. Now the Argus has been cut off, and Rake has no communications or resources except the rejected soldiers she oversees. The Universe is collapsing, and Rake, Cavalon, and the rest must find a way to stop it—if they can survive it.
VERDICT Dewes’s debut is an exciting, fast-paced ride around the edges of the universe, where those rejected by much of humanity are the only ones who can save it. Fans of K. B. Wagers’s “Farian Wars” series and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War will welcome this military science fiction thriller.

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