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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Final Wars Rage is a work of action-packed and intriguing science fiction penned by author S. A. Asthana and is the second novel in The Final Wars Trilogy. Picking up the action where book one left off, we find ourselves back in the action with the heroic Bastien Lyons after his epic escape from the sewer-like streets of New Paris. With New Paris in ruins, Bastien lives under a new identity on the moon colony Nippon One, but the shockwaves of the destroyed civilization are spreading to the other far reaches of humanity. Worse than this, the dreaded and indulgent cyborg queen Marie Dubois is still alive, and that very fact may pull Bastien back into a war he has no choice but to fight.
Author S. A. Asthana has a real talent for worldbuilding, and I was particularly impressed by the different senses of culture and community among the disparate groups, like the pirates, elites and military, in this lavish and highly visual new world. Gorgeous descriptive moments are cut through with sudden, sharp dialogue, keeping readers on the edge as the plot moves forward at a breakneck pace. As a central figure, Bastien is a likable hero despite many flaws, and the more I learned about his book one backstory, the more I understood his role in what is to come. What results is a high concept action-adventure sci-fi tale with plenty of bite to it, and overall I’d certainly recommend The Final Wars Rage to sci-fi, dystopia and cyberpunk readers everywhere.