There is a lot of far-fetched science fiction on the market today. The bizarre places, characters and ideas make many of the stories interesting, but sometimes they border on fantasy rather than literal “science fiction”. The Coyote series is different.
Set immediately after Coyote Rising, the final book in the series develops the colony as it is put in contact with another faction from Earth. Although the story spends a lot of time on the “bigger picture”, it still finds time to detail the intricacies of colonial life. Its main focus is on the lives of the two main characters – Carlos and Wendy - from the previous books. They are forced to negotiate for the future of the colony as environmental damage on Earth has catastrophic and lasting consequences. The ‘green’ message here is much more strident than in the previous books, suggesting the author is aggravated by the policies of the current US government, however, since the social and political changes he describes are so believable it makes this book particularly enjoyable.
Personally, I was not too keen on the developments at the end of the book. It didn’t seem to be in keeping with the restraint shown elsewhere in the series and the plot thread could have been left open-ended without harming the story. Perhaps it gives the author room to take it further, although from the preface I gather this is not the intention.
This is not fantasy science fiction: it is NOT reliant on imaginative characterisation or wacky ideas. If you want to introduce a friend to the genre this series might well be a good place to start, taking us from the modern day and straight into a believable future.
An enjoyable and well written end to a good series.