Travel Documents 63: Clear Sight

Clear Sight, Final Book In The Psions Of Spire.

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Alex Silver
Genre: near-future, transhuman, dystopian, gender diversity, found family, M/M 

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The Dust Cover Copy

When the slightest touch triggers visions of horror, you learn not to let anyone close.

After more than a decade hiding from society, Seth Albright is sheltered. His visions make it a necessary evil. After a precocious emergence as a seer when he was eight, his mother took him to live in the woods. To protect him.

When he can’t take another day of isolation, Seth turns to SPIRE. There, he gets partnered with Roy Merchant as his anchor. Enough inexperienced psions have burned Roy by using him as a stepping stone to last a lifetime.

Roy has seen scandals come and go in his time with SPIRE. Seth has seen atrocities most people couldn’t imagine. But neither of them has seen anything like what’s coming for them next.

The Deets

The Scene

World building

Oh it was so nice to come back to this world for the final installment of the series! I’ve reviewed the rest of this series in the past; if you want to catch up, head over to Review 47 or, better, go grab the books. In fact the whole series is on sale. Grab it at this link. I mean, you’re stuck at home and need something to read anyway, right? Riiiiiiight?

A little bit of recap on this world:

Global exposure to an unknown mutagen set off the divergence. It activated psion genes en masse. Many older people had the psion trait, but the genes were inactive until exposure. They lacked the neural plasticity to survive emergence.

People dubbed it Psi-Plague. Now those born with the psion trait undergo emergence when the genes become active around puberty. No further trigger needed.

Several decades later, society has re-formed around the existence of a new class of humanity: the psions. They’ve become a new subculture and a new group to be discriminated against: denied housing, job prospects, and basic human dignity.

This series chronicles the lives of psions as they fight for their human rights, find love, and follow their dreams as best they can.

In this last installment, we see the world through the eyes of Seth, an unbelievably powerful seer who suffers for his ability. He’s been dreaming of a boy since he was young, a boy with an aura like a rainbow. And now he’s found that boy, that man, is Roy Merchant, trained anchor. Member of an elite SPIRE team. His partner.

He’s also found that they’re both broken, in their own ways. Will they be able to put the broken pieces together? That’s the question.

On top of everything, this budding connection is trying to bloom in the middle of an existential threat to humanity: there is another universe just a step away. It’s infringing on ours. It’s full of alien beings that make a grizzly bear look like a teddy.
And it may just be getting closer.

Add all that together, and you have a wonderfully emotional and powerful story of integrity, connection, community, responsibility, and decision in difficult times. Exactly what we need right now.

The Crowd

Characterization

I loved the team that Silver has built in the prior books, and this one just gave me everything I wanted from the slowly building connections of the series. Everyone whose stories were told before has come into themselves in wonderful and diverse ways, and it’s amazing to see them each stepping into their full potentials. I love the strong found family that’s built between this diverse crew: poly and mon, cis and trans and enbie, all over the map in orientation and in abilities, and one of the strongest crews I’ve read in a while. I adore it.

The Lingo

Writing Style

Silver’s style has smoothed out wonderfully since Page 1 of Book 1, and now the words make you feel like you’re talking to a couple old friends who trust you enough to make all the snarky little in-jokes under their breath. This final book alternates between the POV of Seth and Roy, and Seth’s snarky self-protection and sweet yearning really balances well with Roy’s quiet, patient, mature– sometimes exasperated–and loving nature.  Discussions of inter-generational traumas throughout the story hit me right in the guts. And explorations of the many ways people connect were fascinating.

The Moves

Plot

A steady-moving, intricate and well-constructed story of trying to live normally under conditions that are not normal, this story tells a sweeping story without losing the strong sense of interpersonal connection, conflict, and personal growth. The story gives us time to sit with feelings and decisions as readers rather than keeping us moving too fast to feel. Maybe we need that most of all right now. And the ending is–without spoilers–amazingly uplifting.

Overall Rating

The perfect wrap-up for a great series. It’s a keeper.