Author: Tabitha Lord
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.
Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.
Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.
There was much going on in this novel, quite like the first novel Horizon, but what I liked more about this second installment was that it brought us back to Caeli’s home planet. Much of the conflict that was introduced in the first book between her people and Marcus’ rule over them, was resolved in this read and many of it was a very emotional and somewhat of a painful homecoming for the main character. Some scenes were not as surprising, while others proved why Caeli and Derek belonged at the forefront of the uprising.
“In all of human history, freedom has been costly. It’s been costly to establish, and it’s costly to preserve. We strive for it. We grasp it in our hands. And then we stumble. We fail. And we try again. It’s our nature. The failures are painful and the price almost too much to bear, but the alternative is intolerable.”
I didn’t always connect with several of the characters, as I felt there were many that were made known at once and several that continued to be added as the novel progressed, but that being said there were those that really kept me invested in this storyline. One of those was Finn, who was one of the nicest and most caring character’s out of all introduced (aside from Caeli), along with bravery that kept adding to his great persona.
As I read on, I wasn’t very fond of the way Derek and his crew came about getting back onto Almagest. It felt a little played out, reminding me entirely of one movie as the scene was almost completely alike, but it quickly moved into its own after that, shifting gears into what it represented for all Novali. It resonated intensely with all character’s and made their Resistance that much more important.
“However, the Minister is appalled at the atrocities that have been committed on this world, and at the ongoing criminal activity, namely human trafficking. She is further concerned that Almagest will eventually attract Drokaran attention. So, while the Alliance cannot authorize or sanction any kind of official interference, an ideal outcome would be for the resistance movement on Almagest to prevail, and for a legitimate government to be established that could petition the Alliance for membership.”
There lies the future of Almagest, even though issues were resolved, more were integrated into the novel. When it feels like one solution is coming up for a major problem, another is being set up (maybe for another book in the series?). I’m not sure if there will be a third book, but I feel as if the additional concerns would make more sense to me if there were another one on the way. I can’t say that I’m fully in likes or out of it with Infinity, as there were several moments I enjoyed and many I could do without, but I can say that I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to visit this world.
***I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***