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5.0 out of 5 stars
Going out with a bang, 25 Jun. 2005
I consider myself really lucky to be one of the first people in Australia to read Crash Deluxe. An avid fan of the first two books, I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. Parrish continues to wrestle the flow to suit her rather than go with it, and is faced with more challenges and decisions than anyone should have to deal with.
This story flowed faster than the previous two, went more heavily into typically science fiction areas and yet continued to show up the frailty of the human condition. In this case, we finally get a good glimpse at the civilisation of Vivacity and find that while it might be the more preferred way of living, the people of the Tert are the ones I'd prefer to live with, being more human and honest. My only quibble was the end: I like really clean cut endings, so found the ambiguity of this ending a little difficult to take, although knowing it was done on purpose makes it easier to swallow.
De Pierres has a great writing style: a fantastic mix of action, dialogue and description. She also creates great characters, people that are real, flawed, interesting, Parrish being the best of the bunch. Even characters that only appear for a few paragraphs or a chapter or two come across as being real, something that a lot of authors fail to do. Even though some quite heavy science comes into this book, De Pierres has a knack of explaining it without stopping the flow of the action.
So all in all, I have to say that if you've read the first two books, you won't be at all disappointed in this and you'll see Parrish as you've never seen her before. If you haven't read the first two books, then what are you waiting for? Get out there!