The Sound of Seas (The Earthend Saga#3 ) by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
"I am constantly searching for places that rekindle my sense of wonder."
In the conclusion of Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin's highly entertaining The Earthend Saga it is apparent that the answers we so desired from the getgo are fast approaching. The Sound of Seas
was the perfect final installment to the highly entertaining series and
kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Much like its previous
releases, The Sound of Seas follows a similar path of history,
science fiction and intrigue--though it is vastly underwhelming compared
to the second of the series, it was still a fun read that I don't
regret picking up for an instant.
I'm not just saying that as Gillian Anderson's #1 fan, either. The Earthend Saga
has had its share of hits and misses but for the most part Marie Claire
had it right: it's highly addicting. I love the bending of genres and
the array of characters; the way the POV rotates without flaw. Most of
all, I love the pacing and the mystery of it. It takes a special talent
to mold our world with another and both Anderson and Rovin continue to
prove that together they can create a compelling story.
Picking up almost immediately where A Dream of Ice
left off we say hello and goodbye to a few familiar faces. I was a
little put off by the lack of answers we received by the final pages--it
felt not unlike an open door. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the novel
or the series; that I didn't think it was well paced or thought out, I
just felt a little underwhelmed by the lack of necessary plots being
tied up. As far as conclusions go, this isn't the worst final chapter
I've ever read but it doesn't change the fact that we don't get a lot of
Perhaps this is the point. In life, we rarely seeing
stories of ourselves or others tied up neatly in a bow. I think that's
one of the reasons I'm so willing to forgive the ending. I am not going
to hold it against the series as a whole because it was still engaging
as heck and really captivating in more ways than one.
I felt the
writing and plots slipped up here and there with a lack of coherence
but it wasn't the sort of unbearable bump in the road, you know? I think
that I just wanted more from it because it was very easy to get
attached to the characters and I felt like there could have been so much
more to expand on; that the story Anderson and Rovin told was much
bigger than a trilogy of books that only were around 300 pages in
At the end of the day, it was still a solid read that
was perfect for a summer binge. I love a good science fiction release
and this one hit a lot of stellar marks right on the head. I would
gladly recommend this to fans and newcomers of the genre.