Back in the Yellowstone system this story is set amongst the Glitter band, a group of ten thousand human space habitats that are governed democratically via an organization called Panoply. Each of the habitats have a central stalk that houses a poling core, using abstraction (a hand waving term for network), representatives from each habitat rotate through the civic duty of voting.
This idyllic thing comes crashing to a halt as an Alpha level imprint from the Silvestri 80, Aurora, takes over four habitats and manufactures warbots called Weevils to spread. Meanwhile, a creature from the past called the Clockmaker which was thought destroyed resurfaces to threaten the maybe invincible Aurora.
Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus, Deputy Field Talia Ing, Deputy Field hyper-pig Sparva are just some of the key spicy characters leading the fight against the dark annihilators of humans in this installment. I enjoy how the author juggles multiple story lines into a mesmerizing tapestry of entertainment. Five out of five for this one. Excellent job!
String characters, active plot, fantastic futures and a murder mystery turned fight for humanity's existence. All in a day's work for Alastair Reynolds.
If you haven't read Alistair Reynolds before, then don't start here. Start with House of Suns or Revelation Space. If you have and want to dive deeper into the culture of the Glitter Band, then this is your book. It's a fantastic detective story in that universe.
I very captivating story and one that has a much different storyline than other less known scfi tales. There is room for a follow up and if so I would gladly pick it up.
I have to admit to having developed quite an attachment to both Alastair Reynolds and John Lee. Alastair's storytelling uses highly descriptive details while still moving the story along at a good pace. Life in the large told from the perspective of the individual. Thoroughly enjoyable.
This is just a great story. The main character being an anchor for the reader, while everything else is spinning out of control in interesting, but mostly macabre and value challenging ways.
The writer takes us to a future hopefully humanity will do what is needed to avoid. Can we save ourselves from the stupidity of our own race?
The main character and his partner become our heroes, our hope...
I like intelligent well written science fiction with flawed or developed characters, Frank Herbert, Frederick Pohl, and Alaistar Reynolds.
Started out slower than the usual Reynolds books, but like the others it eases you into the rollercoaster ride. He is a master of science fiction.
First, I am a fan of Reynolds and I like John Lee's narration. I have listened to almost everything he's done and Lee's narrated, until Reynold's came up with "Blue Remembered Earth" and its sequel. The former, I despised. I did not bother with the latter.
"The Prefect" is a very good example of Reynold's writing, and included good characterization, effortless descriptive power and able fostering of my desire "to know what comes next". John Lee did well with it.. I have read it twice and listened to it, once. The ending did not ring my chimes, but it was alright. The rest of it was very good to excellent.
It helps if one is familiar with the setting which Reynold's created over several novels to place the story in. But, even those who are not familiar with that setting will enjoy this work, I think.
Yet another work of art in his Revelation Space opera. I do have to admit that the timeline throws me a bit - this book could almost have happened at the beginning of the series and explain the plague that infects machinery and people on Chasm City, but it seems to be later. I should really start from the beginning of the series and listen again.