The conclusion to Rhett Bruno's stunning science fiction epic series The Circuit, which the San Francisco Book Review called "space opera that fans of Firefly and its ilk will appreciate."
Earth is uninhabitable, but beneath its ruined surface sits massive deposits of Gravitum, a powerful, dangerous element with the ability to generate artificial gravity. Whoever controls the element can control the settled regions of our solar system, now known as the Circuit. For centuries the peoples of the Circuit endured an uneasy, if peaceful alliance designed to share resources. Now the Tribunal, a religious order, is nearly ready to take over all of it. With only the reconvened band of Clans inhabiting the asteroid belt known as the Ceresian Pact standing between the Tribunal and system dominance, one man––Cassius Vale––intends to end their oppressive rule. Vale’s brutal and brilliant plan is nearly complete.
In order to gain more time to complete preparations, Vale builds an army under the control of his robotic creation ADIM in order to attack one of the leaders of the Tribune. ADIM loves his creator, but is growing more independent by the day, and soon may be too powerful for anyone to stop.
Talon Rayne, a mercenary, teams up with Sage Volus, a former Tribunal spy, when Talon discovers that his daughter has been captured by the very Tribunal leader Cassius Vale is after. Together, they have no choice but to ask for Vale’s help in saving her. Vale agrees, but are they just another cog in his scheme for bringing down the Tribune, or is there a part of him left that cares about anything other than vengeance?
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An epic ending that is unpredictable and satisfying!
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This last installment of The Circuit is amazing! Bruno continues to develop his protagonists throughout this book, but the focus seems to be on ADIM's evolution and how its ability to think independently influences Vale's end game.
Not missing a beat from the previous book, alliances are quickly formed and broken as Vale's plans for revenge come to fruition. Some factions realize that Vale is using them as cannon fodder, while others see an alliance with him as a potential opportunity for future profit and control. Bruno keeps his readers in the know by providing us with convincing and thoughtful inner dialogues of the main players in the plot.
After reading the first two books, I thought that the common thread amongst most of the major characters in the plot was Vale; however, it seems that it is a small galaxy after all. Readers will begin to see how the different threads were interconnected as we are propelled to an epic ending that is unpredictable and bittersweet while oddly satisfying.
I really wish that I would have been able to revisit the first two books in The Circuit before I read Earthfall. I think that I missed some nuances in Earthfall that I would have caught if I had read them back-to-back. However, this is an undertaking that I will gladly perform in the future because I have enjoyed this series immensely.
3.5 stars. Earthfall is the third and final book in The Circuit series. You should not read this as a standalone as it starts where the previous book ended. There is violence.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. Overall the story was good. There are clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what will be revealed next. Even though I could not stand Cassius Vale, I will miss these characters and wish I could know what happens next in this universe the author created. I read this book as part of The Complete Circuit Trilogy set.
A satisfying end to a classically executed space opera, complete with space battles, intrigue, mass murder, terminators-style robots, and a waifu assassin in full battle-mode. If you like sci-fi action sagas, you'll enjoy this book.