I would try another book by this author, I think this was a hiccup in otherwise good sci fi. But pigs in space, seriously? add to that some guy who founds a religion requiring giant cathedral/tank cities to slowly plod over the planet in sync with a moon so it can be witnessed to dissapear now and then is just all kinds of silly.
You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.
I am sci-fi fan and I must say that this story is a candidate for all time high on my list.
Creative ideas and emotional characters help the already sound story along in an epic manner.
Note that Redemption Ark really should be read first.
I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.
The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.
Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.
If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.
Mr. Reynolds creates a fascinating world, with interesting characters and ideas. Unfortunately he left me disappointed in his story telling ability. As with the book before it, I'm left feeling like he got bored writing the book and in the end just looked for the quickest way to wrap things up. Major parts of the final story line are summarized instead of lived, leaving me abruptly set adrift, and disconnected from characters he spent so much time building up.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi entertain yourself with the incredible world which Alastair Reynold creates, just don't prepare yourself for the abbreviated ending.
This is a great read right up to the end. If you read the others I recommend you finish. It is great up until the last 45 minutes.
Read Chasm City before this to interrupt the constant barrage of multiple power groups trying to win the fight for survival. A few references in this book will be happy memories to you, in my opinion.
Fascinating work. It's details sometime get boring but, later they help the mind's picture what and where you are and how it should feel. Each of this group gets you to a point of frustration then in just phrase or chapter change ......BANG you hooked and can't wait for the next word or sentence or chapter.... you must not stop it won't let you go.
Quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors when it comes to science fiction, Alastair Reynolds weaves a story of impressive scale and wondrous adventure. spanning well over one hundred years, Absolution Gap brings the Revelations Space saga to an extremely satisfying conclusion. I only hope this isn't the last book in the saga as while it ends beautifully I feel like the story could continue without any issue.
I love Reynolds. I love Lee. The entire series has been fantastic. Listen to the entire thing from start to finish.