I just finished reading A Darkling Sea. It was amazing. But my mind goes totally blank trying to interpret the ending.
The following excerpts from the ending explain what the object is:
“Broadtail gave me this,” said Rob. “He got it from one of the bandits; where the bandit got it from is anyone’s guess but the surface erosion suggests it’s pretty damn old.”
“It was scratched and chipped, but not yet opaque. It was a lens.”
But what is the meaning of it? Does that mean there have been humans on Ilmatar previously? Or did the Sholens give a lens to the bandits? Or did the lens belong to one of the humans killed? Perhaps Isabel?