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Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace) –…

Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace) (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Elizabeth Moon (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Vatta's Peace (2), Vatta Universe (7)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
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"As Admiral Kylara Vatta learned after she and a ship full of strangers were marooned on an inhospitable arctic island, the secrets she and her makeshift crew uncovered were ones someone was ready to kill to keep hidden. Now, the existence of the mysterious arctic base has been uncovered, but much of the organization behind it still lurks in the shadows. And it is up to the intrepid Ky to force the perpetrators into the light, and finally uncover decades worth of secrets--some of which lie at the very heart of her biggest family tragedy"--… (lisätietoja)
Teoksen nimi:Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace)
Kirjailijat:Elizabeth Moon (Tekijä)
Info:Del Rey (2018), Edition: Reissue, 512 pages
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Into the Fire (tekijä: Elizabeth Moon)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Ky and her family must defeat a cabal. They all learn a lot about themselves. ( )
  bgknighton | May 23, 2020 |
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"We ready?" he asked when Ky had settled herself in the backseat.
"Better be," Ky said. "I'd hate to have wasted all those hours trying to make this plan as shaky and unworkable as possible."
Into the Fire picks up almost immediately after Cold Fire leaves us: trapped on Slotter Key with a rebel shadow faction of the army hellbent on the destruction of the Vatta family first and the Slotter Key government second. This shadow faction has insinuated itself into every part of the Slotter Key government, and they use it at every advantage... to screw over the Vatta family.

To say I did not care for this book is perhaps an understatement. It is, in a lot of ways, better than Cold Fire. For instance, the setup to make the story in Into the Fire makes some sense, especially since it is based on past events that happened in the original quintet. The characters are also mostly together in one place, communicating with each other, and solving problems together.

It was a lot of the other parts that I just did not care for.

To start with, Into the Fire repeated itself. A lot. The beginning of the book was a lot of the same scenarios on a loop. Which mostly meant that anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I'm pretty certain I saw the same conversation, with the same lawyer, three times. Though I shouldn't say it is everything goes wrong. Maybe one in every three things go wrong, just so you feel like there is some forward momentum but in actuality it is a trap, waiting until a certain part in the story when everything all happens at once.

Also I have a hard time believing this shadow faction in the military can exist. Several thousand people were on the enemy side, and not one of them blabbed? Not even once? For generations? Two people on the good side told their superiors during the course of this one book alone, which prompted more investigations into what was going on. No organization, no matter how careful, is going to choose entirely people who are on their side. And they're not going to keep everyone happy the entire time: someone is going to get jilted and turn coat.

Plus this revenge plot the enemy family has been cooking up against the Vatta family has been ongoing for decades. And the feud started centuries ago when the Vatta family wouldn't play ball with their criminal enterprise. Like seriously? That's what we're going with? That fueled 2 centuries of hate and decades worth of destruction?

Of course we're forgetting about Grace Vatta's past which gets brought up in more detail in Into the Fire. It is implied, though I can't remember if it was outright stated, that her involvement in the Unitarian War contributed to the enemy family's hatred of her. Her being in the war was brought up before, quite a bit actually, but it was always surface level because no one wanted to bring up bad memories. And honestly I do not like the way this was handled. Both on the side of the author and on the side of everyone involved in the book. It just seems so unnecessary, and in some ways rewriting the past to make the present situation work.

Once the book finally kicked off into high gear, things went quicker. In fact a bit too fast. I didn't care for the ending to this story because it felt wrapped up too quickly, too easily. I do believe Into the Fire is the last book in Vatta's Peace. I haven't seen anything about a third book, though I haven't seen anything to suggest this is complete, either. And the ending certainly feels like it wrapped up the story in a nice little package that no one at all is ever going to worry about again.

Though there are enough random threads left hanging and unexplored that she could totally come back to this world again if she wanted to. Trust me. ( )
  keikii | May 5, 2020 |
Ky Vatta, her aunt Grace, cousin Stella, fiance, Rafe and numerous others confront a separatist coup while battling insidious legal problems and saving former troops from being further abused and killed to silence them.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
3 & 1/2 stars

In the previous book of this new series featuring Kylara Vatta, we saw the character returning home after her successful campaign against the pirates that were wreaking havoc on the interstellar shipping lines: instead of receiving the deserved hero’s welcome though, Ky found herself, and the crew of the shuttle ferrying her on-planet, battling for their survival on an isolated, barren continent. The discovery of a hidden base on that continent, and of the conspiracy to keep its existence hidden from general knowledge, confirmed the presence of a number of corrupted elements in Slotter Key’s government and military, a discovery that should have brought on a massive cleanup.

What instead happens here is the attempt at a massive cover up: the soldiers rescued together with Ky from Miksland are bundled off on the pretense of medical checks and completely isolated from the rest of the world, their families being told that they are all incapacitated due to a pathogen infection, while Ky, unaware of their fate, is hounded on very trumped up charges of expiration of her citizen rights, just as Rafe and his right-hand man Teague’s visitor visas are called off. For her own part, Ky would not be aware of the fate of her fellow survivors if not for the successful escape of three of them, who seek shelter at her home and reveal the existence of the devious plot.

Into the Fire, unlike its predecessors, becomes then more of a political thriller than a space opera story, as Ky and her friends and family try to stay abreast of the attempts to silence and possibly kill them – not just in relation to the cover up involving Miksland and the secret base, but also because that purpose becomes entangled with some other individuals’ desire for revenge against Vattas, all of them. This last is probably the weaker thread in the narrative, because the long-held grudge looks all out of proportion when compared with the intended retribution, and the opponents little more than cardboard nasties.

On the other hand, the conspiracy involving Miksland, tied as it is to the possible financial gain from the continent’s rich resources and to a play for independence whose roots go back several decades, makes for a very compelling narrative, especially when Ky’s adversaries move from bureaucracy to outright slaughter as they try to remove her from the playing field. This deeper look into Slotter Key’s society is quite unsettling when one stops to consider that home assault and assassination seem to be part and parcel of this culture and that the need for an escort, bodyguards and a fortified home are normal facts of life where prominent figures are concerned. More than once, as I read along, I found myself wondering at this future version of mankind, one where the finer points of bureaucracy, whose pedantry can outgun plain good sense at every turn, exist side by side with home invasions by trained commandoes or murder by poison gas: it’s a bizarre dichotomy indeed, and certainly one more suited to a Game-of-Thrones-like society rather than an advanced civilization that colonized space.

It makes however for a very engaging read, and if this new installment of Kylara Vatta’s adventures does not offer much in the way of expanded characterization, it more than makes up for it by sheer suspense, especially in the latter part of the book, when the rescue operation to free the remaining prisoners is carried out with the same military precision that Ky used to combat the pirates in space. We are also afforded a deeper look into some characters’ back story, especially Ky’s formidable aunt Grace, whose mysterious past, that was hinted at several times in previous books, is revealed in all its unsettling details.

And here lies what for some readers might be a problem with this story: for those who started following Ky’s adventures only from Cold Welcome, as it happened with fellow blogger Mogsy at Bibliosanctum, the connection to the various hints scattered over the course of the five books of Vatta’s War might look somewhat uninteresting, even distracting, while for me it finally shed some light in several dark corners that had me wondering at past goings-on. What’s more, the perceived brusque turn from the journey of survival in Cold Welcome to the more… mundane developments here might feel like a slowing of the rhythm, while in the original series the author often made her readers privy to the financial and political side of the Vattas, and to their complicated family dynamics, so that here these details don’t look like they came out of the blue.

That said, this novel is not completely problem-free: my main point of contention with it comes from the author’s habit of repeating known facts several times during the course of the narrative, which in the end becomes quite annoying. It’s one thing to briefly mention past happenings to remind old readers, or to inform new ones about them, but it’s quite another to rehash information they already possess, over and over again. When we are told, for example, that Ky’s citizenship has been revoked because she was away from Slotter Key for a certain number of years, we don’t need to have this information repeated – in all its minute detail – every time the narrative requires another character to be apprised of the fact. It’s a pattern that I noticed in the other books as well, but here at times it reaches embarrassing proportions, and this kind of…. redundancy only manages to slow down the pace of the novel, feeling at times more like padding than anything else, where this story should be about more than a simple word count, in my opinion.

Still, I did enjoy Into the Fire because I am by now invested in Kylara Vatta’s journey and look forward to learning more about it, especially now that the bulk of past issues seems resolved, so that I’m curious to see where the story will head next. I’m sorry that, for the reason I expressed above, I’m unable to give it a higher rating, but I trust this author to do better in the next installments, and I will wait for them with great anticipation.

Originally posted at SPACE and SORCERY BLOG ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
I’ve enjoyed other books by Moon, but this one didn’t work for me. It’s part of a series; a once-disgraced, now-successful military leader returns home, where palace intrigue threatens her and her loved ones/her crew. The logistics, repeated conversations bringing new players up to date, and endless meetings are realistic, but not in the way that makes for fun reading. ( )
  rivkat | May 7, 2018 |
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"As Admiral Kylara Vatta learned after she and a ship full of strangers were marooned on an inhospitable arctic island, the secrets she and her makeshift crew uncovered were ones someone was ready to kill to keep hidden. Now, the existence of the mysterious arctic base has been uncovered, but much of the organization behind it still lurks in the shadows. And it is up to the intrepid Ky to force the perpetrators into the light, and finally uncover decades worth of secrets--some of which lie at the very heart of her biggest family tragedy"--

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