With the fourth book of a series, writing a review gets a bit more difficult. If, like me, you’re a reader who is hooked by the author’s deep story and unique characters, then you’re going to keep reading no matter what I say or think.
On the other hand, if you’re a reader looking for a futuristic sci-fi series with a complex mythology, those uniquely drawn and interesting characters, and plenty of twists and turns along the way, you may glance ahead at reviews to see if this series is worth your time — and I don’t want to spoil the fun. (You can also see my review of Book 3, which includes links to previous series reviews)
And make no mistake: Uroboros Saga Book 4 by Arthur Walker (@ArthurHWalker) is fun. The narrative moves quickly, this go-round split between post-Shutdown Earth and the Mars Penal Colony. Unlike the previous entries, the focus here is not what I’ve taken to calling “the Big 3” of Silverstein (who may or may not be the amnesia-plagued and wealthy Vance Uroboros), Taylor and the drone Ezra One. Although mentioned, they do not appear.
Instead, on Earth we follow along with Kale, a nanotechnological replica of Vance Uroboros; Brook, a drone who specializes in search and recovery; and Perfidy, a shadowy special ops type with augmented vision, as they try to stave off the mass starvation of people affected by the crippling Shutdown. On Mars, the focus is on Dragos, a mercenary trying to pay off his debt to a criminal mastermind.
There is plenty of action including some gun fights, new (and really interesting) Metasapient species, and even a few answers to the many questions raised in the earlier books. But, of course, each answer only leads to more questions about who Vance Uroboros really is and what was he really trying to accomplish.
Although I’ll admit to being a bit unsure of how the story would hold up without the Big 3 (Ezra being my personal favorite), Mr. Walker continues to do an exceptional job making each character unique and interesting.
Next stop: Book 5.