The Human (Polity: Rise of the Jain #3) ★★★★☆


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Title: The Human
Series: Polity: Rise of the Jain #3
Author: Neal Asher
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 402
Words: 159.5K



Synopsis:

Publishers Blurb and Me

A Jain warship has risen from the depths of space, emerging with a deadly grudge and a wealth of ancient yet lethal technology. It is determined to hunt down the alien Client, and will annihilate all those who stand in its way. So Orlandine must prepare humanity’s defense.

Both humanity and the Prador thought their ancient foe—the Jain—had perished in a past age. And they resolve to destroy these outliers at any cost. Orlandine wants the Client’s inside knowledge to act, but the Client has her own agenda. Earth Central therefore looks to the Prador for alliance, after the Jain destroy their fleet. However, not everyone is happy with this, and some will do anything to shatter this fragile coalition.

As the Jain warship makes its way across the galaxy, it seems unstoppable. Human and Prador forces alike struggle to withstand its devastating weaponry. Orlandine’s life work is to neutralize Jain technology, so if she can’t triumph, no one can.

Riker, the Hooper with Jain tech, takes on the Jain warship, believing that the only way to conquer the Jain is to subsume the ship. In the process, Riker becomes what he’s trying to subsume and he takes down Orlandine, now a Jain entity infesting an entire world. The Client was prepared for such an eventuality and prepared a weapon that the other Hooper, Cogulus, uses against Riker. It spreads out in a chain reaction, destroying all the jain connections.

The jain entity survives, but only its mostly dead body. It hides and begins building its strength for the millennia when the galaxy will have forgotten about it.

My Thoughts:

This was the longest book in the trilogy but Asher needed every page to wrap things up. I was concerned when I didn’t see a clear solution by the 75% mark. I was afraid he was going to pull some sort of shenanigans like some other authors, but thankfully, I shouldn’t have worried. And what’s more, the jain are still around to be the bogeyman if he ever needs it in the future. I like that.

The main reason this got a 4 star instead of higher, at least this time around, was because of Asher’s penchant to describe all the “stuff”. He really likes getting into the nitty gritty of what a starship looks like or how many and what kind of weapons it has and what they look like. And the techno-babble about communications and upgrades, etc, it was just a bit much for me this time around. I don’t think it was actually any more indepth than in previous books, but this time I just didn’t care.

The battles were awesome, as always. Asher has done a good job of keeping things interesting. There is always the danger of just making things bigger or badder or both but describing it in the same manner and thus losing your audience. I think he’s skirting that line in places but so far, I’m still interested. Part of that is the continued use of the Hoopers and the Spatterjay virus.

Now I have to wait for him to write some more, sigh. He’s written some standalone books before and I wouldn’t mind if he went that route for a couple of books instead of another trilogy. I guess only time will tell.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

23 thoughts on “The Human (Polity: Rise of the Jain #3) ★★★★☆

  1. Ola G says:

    I’m stoked for this trilogy – though I have a long way to go, seeing as I’m just going to start reading Skinner in the next week or so… Jain doesn’t seem destructible, as far as I got into Polity at least 😉

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  2. Do you think the writing has changed, or you?

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  3. piotrek says:

    The very title is a spoiler for me, does it mean that agent Cormac will not utterly destroy the Jain in “The Line of Polity” I’m currently listening to? Does he ever finish a job :P?

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  4. 4 stars, but then 10 stars underneath, so 14? Anyhow not for me.

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  5. Darren Jones says:

    I’ve just started “Gridlinked” at your suggestion. So far I am enjoying it, but the technobabble is already a bit above my head 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      hahahaahaha, you are doomed then! I think I started minding the techno-talk with the Transformation trilogy (so book 15’ish or so in the series). Before that, it didn’t really bother me.

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  6. S.D. McKinley says:

    Personally, I’m a bit interested in these technical descriptions!

    Great review, Mr. Bookstooge.

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  7. This series is certainly on my radar. It has been ever since I read one of Ola’s reviews. Going to have to try and make some time for it next year!

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  8. Fantastic news! Glad to see another excellent book by this man. I hope that 2021 will be the year where I finally make time for his stuff now.

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