The Border

The Border

Book - 2015
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The Border is the saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations. But it is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger. Into these desperate circumstances comes an amnesiac teenaged boy who names himself Ethan, a boy who must overcome mistrust and suspicion to master unknowable powers that may prove to be the last hope for humanity's salvation. Those same powers make Ethan a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781596067035
Characteristics: 441 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 11, 2016

This book reminded me of a few other novels combined, and a few sci-fi movies I have seen as well. The ending was a bit disappointing in my humble opinion, which is why I didn't give it a full 5 stars. Worth a read though.

Mar 30, 2016

Disappointing. For those who have read Swan Song, this is just a pale imitation.

Sep 23, 2015

For those who prefer horror or fantasy, don't be alarmed by the blurb and description of the book. It's technically science fiction, yes, but it's typical McCammon with a great story line, sympathetic characters and fantasy-like details. If you like this author, you won't be disappointed.

Jul 17, 2015

A SF romp that truly has echoes of McCammon's previous apocalyptic novel - Swan Song. This a straight forward action story with some mild ideological underpinnings. Two warring races - the Gorgons and the Cyphers - are in the process of destroying Earth which has the bad luck of being on the border of their respective races claimed territory - remain pretty alien. Which reduces their roles in the story to very traditional antagonists.

The real power of the story lies expectedly with the human survivors and their amazing ability to truck ahead under the most dire of circumstances. That, and a third alien party - who even though he is beyond human comprehension - reports to an even higher power, he in turn does not understand. Taking on the body of a young teenage boy near death - Ethan comes to learn and appreciate the worthiness of saving the human race.

So many terrible things happen to people and Earth that it becomes apparent early on that the story can only take one direction. And it does. Which both takes the tension down a notch but delivers the payoff a reader wants to see.

Jul 04, 2015

This was a fast paced, easy, sci-fi read. McCammon's prose is clear and vivid. We've all seen alien invasion stories before and apocalyptic stories before. This one was original enough to keep my interest. The idea that earth serves as a border between two warring alien races was original. The negatives are that if you're not a sci-fi fan and your disbelief isn't easily suspended you won't enjoy this. There are a lot of sci-fi tropes to this. But if you just want to get lost in a fully imagined world, and enjoy action packed paragraphs, you'll devour this in a couple of days.


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