My latest Goodreads review is a revisit to a novel series I love, as it continues on the world of Stargate SG-1, part of a franchise that literally has changed my life.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If any of the details of this review seem vague, it’s only because I publish these reviews on my blog, and don’t want to give anything too big away. This novel is one big spoiler alert!
I started the “Apocalypse” trilogy in 2016, reading the first two books that year. I hadn’t forgotten the overall plot of the first two books, but I did forget some details. Thankfully, “Insurrection” had a nice recap of the first two books at the beginning. It took me a little longer to get into this story, but that’s only because I hadn’t read a Stargate SG-1 novel in about a year. But no worries, once I the story got going, I was engaged.
SG-1 find themselves in a hard place. There is clearly no divide in who their friends and enemies are, and well, they’re still stuck in a future where Earth in 2098 has been destroyed by their enemies. The team struggles to put this future right, giving their past counterparts the opportunity to not allow it to happen…in more ways than one.
I sorta knew what I was expecting going into this novel, having clearly remembered the ending of the second story, but it didn’t make the revelation off the get-go any easier for me. The sinister agenda of the Goa’uld Hectate, coupled with the body of a beloved friend, is unsettling to say the least. The descriptions of the conditions of Earth in 2098, as well as the Wraith and their agenda, are visually stimulating The one thing I love about the Stargate novels is how easy it is to visualize (in episodic form) what is happening. I can picture these novels as episodes. I haven’t really watched any episodes in two years, but six years’ worth of watching has given me all the details I need. I just have to use my imagination.
The plot is excellent, the pacing is perfect, and the ending left me satisfied. For some reason, I was expecting a totally different ending, but I liked what actually happened (sorry, trying to keep this as spoiler-free as possible). And including the Wraith in an SG-1 novel that takes place five years before the start of the Atlantis Expedition is just awesome. As always, O’Neill manages to maintain his smartass appeal (he’s hands down my favorite character), even in the face of being Wraith sustinance or the wiping out of his very existence.
If you’ve already read “Hostile Ground”(Part 1) and “Exile” (Part 2), then you need to find out how this all ends. And if you’re finding this book first, go back! Please, go back and read the first two!
Recommendation: Highly Recommend!