The Northern Star: The End
This is the closing book in The Northern Star, Michael Gullickson’s masterful trilogy of dystopian cyberpunk war books. Michael’s books join the select group of sci-fi writers who make war both futuristic and human. In the first two books we meet John Raimey a soldier who is turned into a cross between a tank and a soldier. His original design is too expensive and too much overkill, so even years later, he is the most powerful Tank Major around. The Northern Star is activated at the end of the second book and one man, Evan Lindo, takes over the world. Most people never notice. This book begins twenty-five years after that take over. Events set off a final conspiracy of both friends and enemies to take Lindo down and restore freedom to the world.
Aside from the Tank Majors, there are Tank Minor who have been so changed they are no longer human, old friends and enemies and wonderfully written battle scenes that never let us forget that the warriors on both sides are people.
In this final book Michael adds a philosophical depth to the narrative that doesn’t intrude into the story, but gives it an extra richness.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who like war book, sci-fi, or cyber-punk, or just a really good story. If you haven’t read the first two, read them first. If you only buy one independent trilogy this year, make it this one. You won’t be disappointed.