In this follow-up to The Last Watch, The Sentinels are reeling from a narrow escape from the collapsing edge of the Divide and, with no engines to leave the edge of the universe before they starve, they're on the brink of catastrophe. Adequin Rake has gathered a team to get everyone out—but to do that they're going to need new allies and evade a ruthless enemy.
... the excitement doesn’t ebb for even a moment ... it’s definitely recommended that readers tackle the first book before turning to this one. It’ll be completely worth it, because Fleet does a superlative job of expanding on everything that was interesting in Dewes’ debut—and this book is even more engaging and often, more personal ... Dewes has an aptitude both for excellent naval-inspired action sequences as well as for quieter interludes between characters. The amount of time she gives her characters to simply speak to one another makes the bonds they forge that much more believable ... Here’s hoping the next book in this excellent series keeps propelling us even further into the stars.
The book's far future setting has characters who are racially diverse and emotionally relatable, with themes of military control, genetic engineering, and alien contact ... keeps the action front and center, while presenting an expansive science fiction story that is both richly complex and accessible.