Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by ThoughtsStained
So, we’re going to skip over the part where I mentioned I need to finish reading series. But instead, I started three new ones in January. 😅 But, after seeing Caitlin @ Realms of My Mind purchase a few books I’ve recced her, it seemed only fair I finally read one overdue on my TBR that she placed there. So, it was finally time to read The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes.
No one warned me how much it would hurt. 😭
Publisher: Tor Books | Release Date: April 2021 | Pages: 481
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Science Fiction | Format: Paperback | Source: Bought
The Expanse meets Game of Thrones in J. S. Dewes’s fast-paced, sci-fi adventure The Last Watch, where a handful of soldiers stand between humanity and annihilation.
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.
On the Page
- Dead bodies
- Death of a loved one
- Grief and loss depiction
- Gun violence
- Military service and deployment
- Terminal illness
- War themes and military violence
Content warnings are written up by me, unless specified. Subject to being an incomplete list, though guided by referencing this list and trying to highlight as many as I can identify.
- Multi-POV. I absolutely seeing the multiple POV storytelling between Rake and Cavalon’s POVs. It was so absolutely enjoyable and well written!
- I will die for Adequin Rake. She can be my commanding officer any day. I will absolutely follow her to the ends of the universe (literally).
- The plot! Positively blown away by the basic premise of this novel. It was fantastic. And the way it blended humor and heart is honestly my favorite aspect.
- My brain is not made for space. That’s not to say that the tech, jargon and space lingo was impossible to understand. Honestly, for hardcore sci-fi fans, it was probably easy. But as an only occasional sci-fi reader, oof. My brain. It did not compute.
- Yet that didn’t steal from my enjoyment, honestly. I still adored this book.
So, you know how I said I don’t cry easily in books, when I was reviewing The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter? Well, apparently call me a liar, because I was bawling at the end of The Last Watch. Absolutely bawling. J.S. Dewes, you know what you did. And I know why, but dammit. It hurt my heart so bad.
But seriously, if you enjoy sci-fi that has the heart and humor akin to Becky Chambers, I think you’ll love this book. I am stoked to read the sequel and see just what Rake does next. A reckoning is coming and I am rooting for it on all sides.