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Science Fiction Review: Hardship by Jean Johnson

Hardship by Jean Johnson (Theirs Not To Reason Why #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
It began with a terrible vision of the future. Compelled by her precognitive abilities, Ia must somehow save her home galaxy long after she’s gone. Now Jean Johnson presents the long-awaited epic conclusion to her national bestselling military science fiction series…

Demoralized, their ship destroyed, Ia’s Damned must fight their way out of a planet-bound blockade and back into space. But there is more happening here on Dabin than meets even Ia’s inner eye.

Some of the Feyori, energy-based beings of vast power and arrogance, are moving to block her efforts under the direction of her counter-faction foe, Miklinn. The Terran Army Division stationed on Dabin is not cooperating with her battle plans. Events are not happening as Ia has foreseen, and too many people are now in grave danger, thanks to alien Meddling.

All these hardships are threatening to derail Ia’s carefully laid plans. The Meddlers, however, have made one fatal mistake:

They’re just making Bloody Mary mad.

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I admit every time I read a book in this series I need to concentrate harder and harder to understand everything that is happening. And it's not like I'm a novice in sci-fi, peeps. As a matter of fact, I have plenty of sci-fi reads under my belt.*grinning*

Hardship is a pretty quiet read action wise (for Theirs Not To Reason Why series, that is). Ia stays moored on one planet where she has a limited amount of time to break through the blockade and push back Salik, so her prophesies will continue unravel as they should.

However her plans go awry straight away as counter faction of Feyori blocks her foreseeing abilities every step of the way and heavily influences a general of the Terran army who is supposed to listen to her instructions to end the war quickly.

For the first time in years Ia is blind and almost entirely on her own, and she needs to go into hiding deep into the enemy lines (both physical and metaphysical) to best her Feyori opponents. Of course,after a string of tiring battles both in body and on the timelines, she emerges victorious and with a surprising promotion... *winks* Although I don't know why it surprises her with her prophetic abilities and the military carte-blanche she received from her commanders!

There are a few fantastic moments like a duel with Feyori and a demotion of a very blind and stubborn general, but overall this felt like a build up to a grand finale which will happen in the next book, Damnation. I also missed the updates from Ia's native planet which are absent here.

The most confusing part of the plot is Ia's immersion to the time stream to converse with her future selves.I confess at this point my eyes glazed over. Otherwise, it's an interesting, challenging read even if I am more than ready for this very intense series to come to an end. On to the Damnation for me. Recommended!

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Признаюсь, что с каждой книгой читать мне эту серию становится всё труднее и труднее, несмотря на то, что я давно не новичок жанра научной фантастики. 

С одной стороны, в 4-ой книге серии происходит не так уж и много (по сравнению с книгами предыдущими). Иа проводит всю книгу на поверхности планеты Дабин, где она со своей командой Проклятых должна прорвать блокаду Салик,что станет важным моментом в череде событий из её пророчеств. Однако, несмотря на локализованные действия, с ней происходит многое как в физическом, так и метафизическом плане. 

То, что казалось Ие простыми манёврами, превращается в кошмарную ситуацию, когда она понимает,что на каждом шагу ей противостоит контр-факция Фейори, которая не только блокирует её дар предвидения, но и может предсказать всё,что пытается попробывать, чтобы им противостоять.

Впервые за много лет Иа чувствует себя таклй же слепой и беспомощной, как и все остальные люди, и её приходится уйти под прикрытие глубоко во враждебной территории, чтобы выиграть противостояние с Фейори.

Несмотря на многие интересные моменты, как  дуэль с Фейори или победа над упрямым, несгибающимся генералом, эта книга читается как накаление событий в предвкушениегран-финале серии. Признаюсь,что некоторые моменты вообще ввели меня в замешательство, и я до сих пор не очень хорошо понимаю их механику (например, разговоры Ии с различными воплощениями самой себя из будущего на метафизическом плане), однако я более чем готова закончить и отложить последнюю книгу этой более чем насыщённой и очень напряжённой серии! Рекомендую.
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