Review: Gears of War Coalition’s End by Karen Traviss
Gears of War: Coalition’s End
By Karen Traviss
ARC Provided by Gallery Books
- Pub. Date: August 2011
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Format: Hardcover , 464pp
- Sales Rank: 15,064
- Series: Gears of War Series
- ISBN-13: 9781439183953
- ISBN: 1439183953
Understand what a world had to do to survive.
When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors—the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of civilians—have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance.
The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees.
Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a while, there’s hope … making peace with old enemies, and once again planning for the future.
But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege from an even deadlier force than the Locust—the Lambent, a hideous and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its path. As the Lambent’s relentless assault spreads from the mainland to the island, the refugees finally understand what drove the Locust from their underground warrens and sparked the global war.
While Marcus Fenix and the Gears struggle to hold back the invasion, the Coalition faces a stark choice—fight this new enemy to the last human, or flee to the wastelands to take their chances and live like the human pariahs known as the Stranded…. even as Coalition chairman Richard Prescott still guards one last, terrible secret about the Locust, the Lambent, and the future of mankind…
A Quickie Review of Gears of War: Coalition’s End:
Gears of War (for those of you who are not gamers) is the action packed 3rd-person shooter from Epic Studios. There are 3 games in the series; with the last one released this past September. Gears of War: Coalition’s End takes place between Gears of War: Anvil Gate and Gears of War 3, bridging the gap between the third book and the third game. It is a welcomed addition to the Gears universe, offering insight to Emergence Day, while shedding light onto other questions readers have had in the past. For any Gears of War fan this book is a definite must-read!
Overall I found Coalition’s End to be one of the best books in the Gears or War series. It works well as a standalone title; however I do recommend reading the previous novels (and maybe playing the games) so that one can get a better understanding of the characters, the Gears universe, and the basic story arc. Traviss’s strengths are depicted through her descriptions and attention to detail. Most of the time I felt as if I was in the middle of the fight as one of the Polyps rose from the ground. Action scenes are definitely one of the best parts of this novel. This book is also emotionally charged taking readers into the psyche of several of our beloved characters. Told in the standard Gears fashion of ‘flashbacks’, there is a prevalent theme of fighting through the odds, pulling together, and not losing focus or hope. Humanity is on the brink of extension and it is felt on every page.
Despite having flashbacks in this novel (which I feel is overused in these books), Traviss does an excellent job of engaging readers. I must admit there were a few times I zoned out because of flashbacks and how they pulled me out of the story. A full chapter in the present and another full chapter in the past can be a little overwhelming. But I continued to trudge through them because the story was still excellent. If you are the type of reader who does not enjoy the type of story that has this constant back and forth/past and present drilled into a book, then you might not make it to the end. This is probably my only complaint about the book, because in my humble opinion, it divided my attention and never let me fully stay in the midst of the current action/objective.
Gears of War: Coalition’s End is an awesome must-buy for all Gears fans. It’s well written, engaging, and a great Science Fiction adventure. Expect blood and gore, emotional highs and lows, questions to be answered and some left open to be referenced in the game. It’s a ride that will take you full steam ahead and prepare you for what’s to come if you still haven’t played Gears of War 3.
4 out of 5 Controllers