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You don't have to like it to read it
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2014
If you like a story where the plot line is driven by unbelievably improbable coincidences, the characters are almost all selfish creeps (and those are the heroes), and mass murder is excused (and forgiven) because "he meant well," then this is the series for you. If on the other hand you would like heroes for whom you can actually begin to care, plots that are logical and don't send the reader down a rabbit hole every few chapters, and a universe where bad actions at least carry some consequences, there are plenty of other space operas out there that would probably satisfy you more.
Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I'd judge that the series simply comes from a philosophy I can understand, but just don't want to see in escapist literature. This series seems a homage to nihilism. The author writes wonderful little vignettes, but stringing them together into a coherent whole is unsatisfactory. Yet I still get the feeling perhaps I was meant to be dissatisfied and unsettled by the story-telling-- as if the story, like it's characters, was meant to leave a bad taste in my mouth.
The author offers to provide a free copy of part 4 of this series to those who write an honest review, but personally I find part 3 a fitting ending to the chronicles of the Dark Space universe. There were times when I wanted to abandon this book without finishing it, and it is a testament to the author that I was driven to continue to the end in spite of my personal dislike for so many elements of the story. You don't have to like a book to get something out of reading it.