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Summary

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. 

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' facade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that facade is slipping away. 

Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone - Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints - scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

©2021 Ada Palmer (P)2021 Recorded Books

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a perfect ending to the series

a fully emersive exploration of what it means to be human and to be better.

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perhaps the stars

I read a piece recently about needing books that make us want to make a better world. To fix the world we have and work towards being better and kinder. This is a book like that. This whole series is, picking apart people and motivation and humanity and examining and making you think with philosophy and story and example. I want to read and re read I feel like there will always be more to find

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Flawless ending to an amazing series

I cannot believe how well executed, thorough and spectacular the end to this series is. Sticking the landing on something as complex as Terra Ignota seemed so difficult and yet here it is, we could not have asked for better or more from both author and VA.

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  • Grzegorz Telega
  • 10-11-21

excellent

one thing I did notice about the audio was that the quality or tamber changed slightly at random places and I'm not sure if that was just my device playing it or if others had it too.

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  • Gary Ingram
  • 29-12-21

Simply amazing!

A brilliant ending to the series. The audio performance was inspiring. I am sorry the series is over. Ada Palmer is a master storyteller.

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  • David Soto
  • 06-12-21

A crowning achievement

By far the strongest of Ada’a writing, yet and that is saying something after the last book. The reading should be rewarded. Such a deep and satisfying book and performance.

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  • DT Campbell
  • 04-12-21

Fantastic!

One of the best SF series I've ever read, from world-building to character portrayal to narrative framing. And T. Ryder Smith's performance is amazing in nuance and grip.

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  • Tascius
  • 28-11-21

Social Science Fiction such that we haven't seen.

It will need a second reading but this is social science fiction of a type we haven't seen for a long time. it's more than just governments it's also how we advance and what we aspire to.

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  • 19-11-21

Strangest novel I've ever heard

The performance is fantastic. There are a lot of character and most are immediately recognizable. The choice made to interpret many strange discourse was brillant.
I was hoping that this book would answer most of my questions. I'm still really confused. Individually, a lot of parts are really touching, characters face important problems and decisions, and I cried with them given how involved I was with the story.
However, on a large scale, when thinking about those books, there are too many things that I don't understand, that makes no sens, that are maybe slightly explained but too late and so lightly that the important concept manipulated do not seem to have been taken as seriously as could be hoped with such a long story.
I still love that this novel brings me to new places, it was always unexpected, not like anything I know, not a repetition or a variation of other stories and cliches, and I admire the author's work

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  • L. Blackmore
  • 16-11-21

Does not disappoint.

Epic finale to Palmer's glorious tour-de-force of, well, everything. The plot is breathtakingly audacious in its scope, and the characters we've come to know and love (or loathe) thru the previous three instalments play out their parts with gusto. T Ryder Smith knocks it out way of the park with his phenomenal reading, breathing even more life into the story.

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  • Zach Weber
  • 13-11-21

a work of true communication across vast gulfs

I have been moved to tears more often by this work than by any other.

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  • Eddy Dughi
  • 12-11-21

Incredible wrap-up to the series. Audio issues.

Audio had consistency issues. Narrator is wildly fun though - made up for it.