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Military Sci-Fi Novel Review: Damnation by Jean Johnson

Damnation by Jean Johnson (Theirs Not to Reason Why #5)


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…

With their new ship claimed and new crewmembers being collected, Ia’s Damned are ready and willing to re-enter the fight against the vicious, hungry forces of their Salik foes. But shortly after they board the Damnation to return to battle, a new threat emerges. After several centuries of silence, the Greys are back, and the Alliance must now combat both a rapacious, sadistic enemy, and a terrifying, technologically superior foe.

Ia has asked nothing of her crew that she herself has not been willing to give. But with two wars to bring to an end—and time running out—Ia must make and execute the most terrible choice of all…

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Despite my lower rating, this is a much better book than the previous two structurally speaking. And what an ending, WOW! I was flabbergasted and couldn't believe it would end in such a way.

At the last stage of her journey Ia is on even tighter schedule, and mentally and physically exhausted. Simply speaking, she is running on fumes. What I enjoyed most of all here is that this book was pretty emotional. Her journey to Sanctuary, her relationship with her team of The Damned, the level of calm acceptance and self-sacrifice, - it was mind-blowing. Brought tears to my eyes.

There are a lot of things happening. Ia gets appointed an Alliance Commander General to lead the war against Salik and then Greys. When Salik are wiped out, she is faced with a mass of civil law suits and has to take steps to make sure her image is exactly how she needs it for future generations. With Greys the resistance tactics of the Alliance are truly complex and mostly rely on Ia's precog skills. Take her out, and the allied forces have no chance to win.

Knowing it all, stretched to the limits, Ia still tries to minimise the amount of bloodshed to a bare minimum. She also tries to spare her Damned. There is even a tiny romantic moment of epicness between her and Harper.

I do not want to give you any spoilers, but I fervently hope we'll  have some sort of more cheerful conclusion for Ia in the future. I just can't accept this series finale! Read it, recommended.

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Несмотря на низкую для этой серии оценку, структурно Проклятье гораздо сильнее, чем предыдущие две книги. А концовка! Мама дорогая, я от неё ошалела. Поверить не могу, что автор закончила книгу ТАК.

В последней стадии своего путешествия Иа работает по безумно сложному и занятому графику.  Пропусти одно событие, и вся цепочка тщательно выстроенных обстоятельств разрушится. Она истощена морально и физически, и это одна из причин, почему книга оказалась такой эмоциональной. У меня иногда на глаза наворачивались слёзы.

Вернувшись с Дабина, Иа убеждает своих начальников позволить ей обратиться к Альянсу пяти рас, где её назначают командным генералом объединённых войск. Она тут же выходит в войну с Салик, и параллельно впервые сталкивается с Греями - последним из её противников. Ей удаётся быстро стереть с лица земли всех Салик, но Греи - раса настолько нам чуждая и превосходящая Альянс технологически, что только её талант прекога позволяет объединённым войскам им сопротивляться.

Эмоциональны путешествие Ии на Сэнктюари, её отношения с её командой Проклятых, которая категорически отказывается оставить её в одиночестве в самый критический момент войны с Греями, и даже маленький романтический момент с Харпером. 

Я в тайне надеюсь, что Джин Джонсон напишет продолжение. Ну не могу я принять такую концовку, дамы и господа! А так, читайте, - очень хорошая серия.

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