Junior Officer Ara Lawrence here, reporting for duty. Again. It’s situation critical for the security team and everyone in the base – including my parents – with a new attack from the looters imminent, a possible galaxy-wide crime conspiracy and an unstoppable alien threat. But this all pales in the face of my mind-blowing discovery about the Q-net. Of course, no one believes me. I’m not sure I believe me. It could just be a stress-induced delusion. That’s what my parents seem to believe…
Their concern for me is hampering my ability to do my job. I know they love me, but with the Q-net in my corner, I’m the only one who can help the security team beat the shadowy aliens from the pits we discovered. We’re holding them at bay, for now, but the entire Milky Way Galaxy is in danger of being overrun.
With battles on too many fronts, it’s looking dire. But one thing I’ve learned is when people I love are in jeopardy, I’ll never give up trying to save them. Not until my dying breath. Which could very well be today…
TW: Medical procedures, bodily harm, death
“I’m an intangible worm!”
Defending the Galaxy is the finish to a series that all authors should aspire to. It’s complete, tidy and leaves just enough of a future to leave you reaching out for more whilst being held by a sturdy ledge.
Maria V Snyder is an auto-buy author for me and she again proves why with the final instalment to the Sentinels of the Galaxy series. Please follow these links to check out my reviews of the first two books, Navigating the Stars and Chasing the Shadows.
It’s always hard to write reviews for the last book in the series because so much of the content and the pull of the plot comes from the development from the previous books. I always try to write spoiler-free reviews, or as spoiler-free as I can, so I’m not going to delve into the plot of Defending the Galaxy, instead I’m just going to gush about how fulfilling reading this was.
2020 has been a really difficult year for me and my love for reading. It almost disappeared entirely and I struggled with not only finishing a book but even starting a book. I absolutely smashed through Defending the Galaxy on 3 train trips to and from work which is quite a feat for a 506 page book, considering I have only read 60 books this year (when I usually am up to at least double that by now).
The recap provided by Ara at the beginning of the book allowed you to just settle comfortably into her character with no effort whilst also reminding you just what happened previously, without it feeling forced. I appreciated how much you are able to suspend belief and imagine yourself alongside Ara as she is going through all of the events and lose yourself in this world.
Everything that I had wanted to get resolved, got resolved. I have absolutely zero complaints, which is a happy surprise and I fully recommend this book, this series and this author.
*I was provided an eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, I was also lucky enough to receive a free published copy of the book from Harlequin Australia – thank you so much!
What book series provided you with a sense of completion?