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Too repetitive, but enjoyed the first six books
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
I liked the first six books. I believe I gave them all five star reviews. They were full of character development, and it was sad to read about some of the characters. They felt like real people, and we felt their suffering. I even felt like I had PTSD reading about the main characters' PTSD.
It took me a long time to read this book. Four months, in fact. And I only got to 50%. The first three books in the series were about the Scum, then the next three were about the Marauders. Simple enough. War, giant space bugs, etc. However, in each book the author built up the characters and then the end was seemingly happy. Then in the next book, he brought up all their flaws again, and had them make peace with them. He did this for every single book!
I just can't finish this series so I'm not buying any more from the Earthrise series. He's just milking the series, and the grays in this series don't even make sense. I know the galaxy Daniel Arenson built is full of alien races that are not so benevolent, but they have no reason to choose Earth! Why are all the aliens focused on Marco, Addy, Lailani, and Ben Ari? The characters have become repetitive, and the aliens have no more plausible motivation.
Let me be clear. I still think the first six books deserve five stars. I still think the series is one of the best I've ever read, and Daniel Arenson is a master at building characters. But the series should have stopped at book six. As far as I know, I won't be blacklisting Daniel Arenson's sequels or other books because he has shown that he is a good writer. It's just frustrating to keep reading the same thing over and over, with no continuation of plot, with the same motivations and flaws, but in a new book every single time, with different aliens. It's like the humans keep forgetting everything they learned at the beginning of the sequels (Lailani, Marco, etc.).