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Exciting new storyline in the Ember War Saga universe
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
One of my favorite books in the Ember War Saga universe, this story takes a slightly different tack than the other EWS books and it'll be exciting to see how this storyline evolves. Although it takes place in the same universe as the rest of the EWS, the events that unfold occur kind in a vacuum (Get it? because they're in space...), since the colony world is located a galaxy (okay, satellite galaxy) far, far away, which doesn't have two-way contact with Earth. Side note - I like that Fox planted the seed for this story early in the Ember War Saga, instead of having to retroactively explain it into the plot/timeline of the overall EWS. One of the main characters is a legacy from the EWS, but the members of the Pathfinder team are all new, and they're decently well-developed and interesting, with a good dose of the comradely banter and back-and-forth that we all probably enjoyed from the squad of Strike Marines in EWS.
Without giving much away, this group of colonists arrives to find the original colony abandoned. It's like when the Fellowship of the Ring enter the Mines of Moria expecting to find a thriving dwarf colony and instead find...Goblins! The story has kind of a Jurassic-parky feel to it as the Pathfinder team explores the abandoned facilities...except with no dinosaurs. The story subsequently evolves into the multi-planet adventure that you might expect, and we meet a new group of adversaries. The colony team didn't bring warships or Armor, so there's not much in the way of heavy backup when our heroes run into trouble. This is actually cool, because the story doesn't rely on badass mobile suits to get the good guys out of trouble.