Sunday, September 11, 2011

Book #39 - The Unincorporated Woman

At the end of The Unincorporated War, Justin Cord is lost in space near Neptune and there's this hope his body will be recovered and he'll be revived again. I was thinking that would be a part of this book and perhaps have Neela become unincorporated somehow. I was wrong.

I had pre-ordered The Unincorporated Woman and Delaney promptly grabbed it. By the time I got it, he told me it was good, but unexpected. I dug in and became enraptured right away, unable to put it down.

This one continues the story, but in a new way. The war continues and JD Black is slated to become President, however she doesn't want the job and needs freedom if she's to win the war. She finds out about the suspension unit and decides to awaken the occupant. It turns out to be the scientist that built Justin's unit. At first she's disappointed that Justin isn't around, but quickly realizes that she's the best choice for President. She accepts the role, shows herself to be both engaging, quick witted, and extremely intelligent, almost a female Justin Cord.

The book continues almost in the same way as the previous one, but with very little of what's happening on Earth and Mars. Instead it's mostly the Alliance that we learn about, going between the President, JD Black, and the UHF warships. There are some twists and turns, some losses, and some amazing changes in the face of the war, but no resolution. Once again the book ends on a cliffhanger, with a note that the next book will be The Unincorporated Future.

I hate having books end like that, and not be self contained, but this surely has me looking for the next book. No word on when it will come out, but make sure you start with The Unincorporated Man if you start this series.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hey Steve - glad you enjoyed the book. I too hate books that end in cliffhangers. The problem is that the story we envisioned clocked in at almost a million words. Tor was gracious enough to buy the story even knowing it wouldn't reach its conclusion till The Unincorporated Future. And a note on that - Tor paid us for a trilogy. We actually turned in an 830 page manuscript for The Unincorporated Woman. They looked at us like we were from Mars. Hence The Unincorporated Future. Like you, I can't wait for the series to be complete if only to finally begin discussing in earnest the overarching themes. And FYI, there are lots of anagrams. Tim Damsah for one and Sobbelge for another. Have fun. - Dani