I swear this series never gets any easier. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it sure plays hell on my emotions. Even though my heart keeps hoping that Felix and Zander will finally be able to settle down in sexy, companionable, loving bliss I know in my head that shit is going to get in their way and their lives will somehow remain in turmoil.
The fourth book in the Chaos Station series, Inversion Point, opens with the Chaos crew wrapping up some business (the kind that will actually bring money into their small outfit) and then getting a call from the Guardians requesting Zander’s presence at a meeting welcoming the newest alien species. The Stin, Ashushk and humans will all have representatives present, but only Zander can communicate with the mysterious new race. Because of past events, there remains quite a bit of distrust and animosity between Chaos and the AEF, which means Zander’s role as Emissary to the Guardians heightens an already turbulent situation. Add in the fact that the AEF Ambassador in none other than Flick’s ex-lover and one of the Stin responsible for his nightmarish captivity during the war is a member of the Stin delegation and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
I have a lot of love for this series, and while Zander and Felix are my main reason for anxiously awaiting every new release, I will admit that the action scenes and secondary characters do play a huge part. Inversion Point begins much as I suspected, with Zander and the Chaos crew right in the middle of the negotiations and politics that comes with meeting a new race of aliens. My anticipation level was high, not knowing what was coming or how these new beings would affect an already stressful situation. And it is stressful. The AEF remain as spiteful and rude as in previous installments, repeatedly making Zander’s role in the meetings more difficult. Readers finally get to see the Stin in action and yes, they are just as aggressive as previously described. While Felix’s ex-lover Theo added a new level of angst to a relationship I hoped would be mostly settled, I knew Zander wasn’t the type to run off into the galaxy and leave his lover. But I had a feeling something big was coming and it would create havoc, I just didn’t know what. Then, of course, everything explodes into a big, fiery, chaotic mess.
Zander, Felix and the rest of the crew of the Chaos are smack dab in the middle and it seems their only allies are Species Four, now known as the Resonance. Their introduction as a peaceful, yet powerful race of beings who live in quads and can communicate telepathically brings an entirely new dimension to the world building and politics between the Stin, AEF, and Ashushk. They kind of take the place of the Guardians and play a huge role in the climax. My main grumble in the previous books has been that it seems like the Guardians are always the one to swoop in and save the day, so I was beyond pleased that the Chaos crew, with help from the Resonance, are able to pull it out all on their own.
While Skip Trace dealt with Felix and his feelings of insecurity, Inversion Point turns its attention to Zander and his jealousy. Like I mentioned above, I knew Zander wouldn’t pull some of the stunts Felix did previously, at least, I hoped, but I still had that “Oh, shit. Not again.” feeling there for a minute. There were a few times I grew quite frustrated and prayed for them to just talk it out, but I had faith that it would all be okay in the end. I think all the emotional turmoil, near deaths and harrowing rescues that have come before, have prepared me for shit to hit the fan and Zander and Felix to come out the other end even better than they were. That is most definitely the case in Inversion Point.
With the final book in the series, Phase Shift, due out in May, I’m both excited to see what comes next and sad that such a wonderful sci/fi series is coming to an end. Final Grade- B
It was simple— without Felix Ingesson, there was no Zander Anatolius.