“The Last Watch” Review

The cover is black with stars and a spaceship near the bottom of the cover. The ship is in the process of being destroyed with a blue light cutting cross the middle of it at an angle. To the right of the light the ship is nothing but a cloud of debris. On the left side is the rest of the ship still whole. The top half of the cover is take up by the title and below the ship it says "They're humanities last chance" and then the author's name below that. At the very top of the cover there is a statement "An epic tale of survival at the end of the universe" by Meghan E. O'Keefe, author of Velocity Weapon.
Full Title: “The Last Watch: The Divide No. 1”
Written by J. S. Dewes
Published by Tor Books, April 2021
472 Pages
Completed April 20, 2024

The Divide. It’s the edge of the universe.Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything with it. The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels—the recruits, exiles, and court-martialed dregs of the military.

At the Divide, Adequin Rake commands the Argus. She has no resources, no comms—nothing, except for the soldiers that no one wanted. Her ace in the hole could be Cavalon Mercer—genius, asshole, and exiled prince who nuked his grandfather’s genetic facility for “reasons.” She knows they’re humanity’s last chance.

It took me a while to get into this book. I enjoyed the characters the whole way though but the plot felt slow until the end when more things were figured out. By the end of the book I was enjoying the set up of what was happening and what needed to be done. I did end up feeling though a lot more could have been explained about who the characters were and what the different groups were all about. It made it a little difficult to really get into the story when I didn’t understand who they were fighting in places. Maybe I missed an explanation but I had no clue about one group in the book. Without spoiling too much there’s also a plot point that only some members of the Argus make it off – it’s not clear how many and also only a few are ever really involved in the story. In the end though I did enjoy the book and will be reading the sequel to find out what happens next.

2 thoughts on ““The Last Watch” Review

  1. @jen
    I hope you get the chance to read The Exiled Fleet, Book 2 in the series. The Last Watch set the background story for what is coming up in the next installments.

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