With this book three, author Sigler nicely ratchets up the action while also answering quite a few of the questions lingering from the previous two books in the series. Some characters will die, some will change, but all will have to face the coming onslaught of more races who wish to conquer Omeyocan.
Story: Em is trapped between the threat of the incoming ships and dissent among the humans and Springers on the planet. Both species are unnaturally edgy and subject to surprising violence; one of Em’s most trusted will commit an act that makes her realize that the real problem they face may not be in the sky so much as what’s below the observatory in the city. But time is running out, their resources are few, and Matilda still controls the Xolotl.
I’ve greatly enjoyed how Sigler started very small with the first book and kept broadening the scope of the story and the danger that Em and her colleagues faced. As well, all the characters had to grow up fast and exhibit degrees of personality development as a result. Em has stayed true to her values but her colleagues have all experienced varying changes as they have reacted to adversity.
With new species coming in to conquer and obliterate all other races, the question to be answered is why that particular planet is so important. In finding the answer to that question we will also learn the history of the grown ups and why they left Earth. More importantly, we finally learn about Mathilda and her past – and why she is the person that she is.
Alone is a roller coaster of constant action appropriate for the final volume in the series. If I have one nitpick, it is that I wish we didn’t have to get info dumps from the villain(s) that explain their ‘nefarious plans’ in detail. It’s coming from a novel source in Alone, though, and certainly it was rewarding to finally know the importance of the planet and why the Aztec Mythology was used.
Note: the cover is Spingate.
Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.