I should admit right out of the gate that this book was a hard read and since the story spanned such a long amount of time with a parade of characters that came and went, it was even harder to finish. But finish it I did.
The story begin with with a man by the name of General Toriman outlining a new plan he has concocted to be carried out by a sub commander Limpkin. The idea is to build a starship, one huge in its dimension that will carry the citizens of the Caroline off planet to find a new home out amongst the stars, and to leave the waist land known as Earth behind.
Only that’s not the plan at all. Yes, Toriman wants to build his shipped, which he named Victory, but he wants to do it in order to rejuvenate the sluggish economy, not to mention the bleak outlook, and the people of the Caroline. The ship will never fly, but that’s not really the point.
From here the story moves along the time period beginning with the initial construction of the Victory to several decades later when the plan of deceit is discovered and a man by the name of Coral leads a revolt against the Technos, those in charge of building the ship, and quickly overrun and take the Yards where the Victory is being built.
However, upon this victory, Coral and his men let several Technos go, one of which makes her way to the Dresau Islands and a government which is thought to be the last hold-over from the First World because they still command weapons and technology of some sophistication, even though if they are rusted and almost broken down.
Upon their learning that the Caroline has attempted to reboot the world of the First World a decision is made to launch all their might against her, fulfilling the worlds destiny of leaving the First World behind by destroying not only the Caroline but also themselves.
By sea the people of the Dresau Islands come, and as they start shelling the cost on which the Victory lies, large battlements come alive and start defending the yard. Everybody flees to the Victory that has been recently finished, eager to escape the bloodbath that is unfolding outside and get on their way to finding Home, that place in the sky where they will rebuild humanity.
And without warning the thrusters of the ship fires, moving out off it’s sand launch pad and towards the sea, its massive engines torching the land for several miles in each direction as it makes its way. Then, without warning, the engines reverse their course, directing their exhaust directly onto the Victory, destroying it and everyone inside.
Many month later, after the land has cooled and it is safe to walk again, General Torinman makes his way into what is left of the yards to survey the scene. Even though he is thought long dead, it becomes apparent in the final pages of the book that this has been a ruse from the very beginning as he is an agent of Salsaar, an ancient Dark Power of the world, of which the battlements surrounding the Yards were meant to defend against. He signals his army waiting in the east that the time to attack is now.
Despite what I said earlier that this story could have used a bit more character development, the writing watch top-notch, almost written with a rhythmic verse, as if the story was singing its sad song to you.
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