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Finity's End by C. J. Cherryh
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Finity's End by CJ Cherryh. This book is from the Union-Alliance series and is set twenty years after the Company Wars. A Merchanter ship (named Finity’s End) is going back to its old trading while trying to reduce the black market trading. While the high end wheeling and political dealing is taking place the ship continues its attempt to get a child back from Pell Station that had been left behind during the war. Fletcher Neihart is retrieved and must deal with the situation of a coming to age story set in this post war era. This is a well set up story with details in depth. There are even cultural issues dealt with between the alien race called Downers from the world Downbelow, which Pell Station orbits. ( )
  John_T_Stewart | Jun 22, 2018 |
In Finity's End, Cherryh re-uses her formula of the main character trying to fit in on a Merchanter starship. Here, though, the narrative really succeeds in a way that Tripoint or Rimrunners did not, largely on the strength of some brilliantly-written characters. The main character, Fletcher, is a 17-year-old orphan who has had a rough life and the accompanying cynicism, but while he is certainly a bit rough around the edges, he is honestly trying to make something out of his life, and exhibits a surprising amount of maturity about his life situations. It was also a lot of fun to get in the head of JR, a young ship's officer who's given the task of trying to acclimate Fletcher--despite a lot of resistance from both Fletcher and the other crew members, he treats everyone with an earnestness and professionalism that you see so rarely in authority figures. As always, Cherryh blends the larger political picture with the smaller narrative of the story, and the balance is hit perfectly in this book. I really enjoyed this one; it may be my favorite of Cherryh's works that I've read so far. ( )
  Phrim | Jul 3, 2014 |
A story of a coming of age.
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
Five stars is a lot - but I award those when I have that need to keep reading the book no matter what is going on around me - and crave it when I am away from it...... and have that awful let down feeling when I'm done..... There was nothing so different about this Merchanter novel - it features an alienated and hurt young person having to find a way to be in a different world he didn't ask for..... but there was balance here between detail and action, more emotion and less violence than in some. Shipboard life, as seen through the eyes of Fletcher who has never been on a ship, despite belonging to one of the most illustrious merchant families, is brought completely to life in a way that feels all too human and all too possible (if one can just iron out that little detail of FTL). Fletcher comes on board at a critical time when this ship might just be able to forge ties around the Alliance merchants and the stations that will help consolidate the fragile peace. The legacy of a dying captain. I don't have anything earth-shattering to say beyond the fact that there was something gentler and very focussed about it. A sweetness in the character that was very welcome. ***** ( )
  sibyx | Apr 2, 2013 |
I enjoyed this book tremendously as a reread this year. It's a little bit of a "growing up" sort of book, as the main character does a lot of that within the pages, but it's also a very good science fiction novel.

Highly recommended. ( )
  fuzzi | Jan 16, 2012 |
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Finity's End falls after Merchanter's Luck but before Tripoint in the lineup of C.J. Cherryh's Merchanter novels (part of the author's award-winning Alliance/Union universe). It resumes the story of Fletcher Neihart, an orphan and unwanted foster child who, against his will, joins the crew of the legendary merchanter ship Finity's End. As Neihart struggles to find his place both on the ship and in the world, the ship undertakes a mission critical to the continuing peace between the Earth, Alliance, and Union factions.

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It is eighteen years after the end of the Company War, at least as stationers experience time, less for merchanters subject to the effects of time dilation in the course of their travels. Regardless, the threat of the piratical Mazianni is ebbing. The Neiharts and their superfreighter Finity's End had spent the post-war years assisting the Alliance militia hunt down the renegades. But now the oldest of all existing merchanter families wants to return to trading. When the ship docks at Pell Station, the heart of the Alliance, the family retrieves one of its own. Fletcher Neihart's mother had been stranded there by the fortunes of war, giving birth to him on the station. Unable to adjust to stationer life, she had committed suicide when he was five years old, leaving him to suffer through a succession of foster homes. The lonely outsider had been befriended by a couple of hisa, the gentle, intelligent natives of Pell's World. Now a young man of seventeen with dreams of working on the planet and no wish to take up the family business, he is furious when he is handed over against his will to his relatives as part of a deal between Elene Quen, Stationmaster of Pell, and senior Finity Captain James Robert Neihart.… (more)

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