But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor
these books little hard to follow if you don't pay attention to the date but it is a great book series can't wait for the next one
This series has completely changed my standards for good science fiction, raising it to a level I think will be difficult to meet. Absolutely fantastic. Great story, imaginative hardcore science fiction elements, believable characters. I'm going to have a hard time finding it's equal.
If you're a fan of the series, I have bad news for you. The story of the inhibitors in concluded here, but's it's the worst resolution that you ever could have imagined. Arbitrary ideas are invoked to justify arbitrary actions which lead to an offscreen resolution and an epilogue which immediately makes the whole thing pointless. It's the worst kind of bad. It's heavy and self indulgent, tedious and non sensical with barely any characterization, a plot seemingly made of holes and inconsistencies and an ending so awful it retroactively ruins the whole series. Avoid it like the melding plague.
I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...
The personality of a couple of key characters and some of the group dynamics change to focus more on the drama of inter-personal politics. In situations where it would have been action stations, it's now let's have a meeting to discuss... literally... I'm not kidding!
After over 7 hours of waiting for it to get better, I have given up and am returning this book.
My recommendation is do not waste your time.
The minutia of what made Revelation Space and Redemption Ark good are still present, interesting ideas, vivid characters and good voicing.
Reynolds sets the bar enormously high in Revelation Space, with Absolution Gap he does not quite go far enough in answering all the questions and implications. At several of the key moments in the book, decisions almost seem to be made because the author needed them, not because the characters did. Compared to Reynolds characters of the RS and RA this was a bit of a disappointment.
The listening experience was enjoyable, as was the process of wrapping my mind around the possibilities presented by Absolution Gap. To those on the fence about listening (or reading) this book, my advice is still to check it out.
I struggled with continuing with this book. It was multifaceted, and until I was three quarters through the book, did I get a glimmer of understanding.
I felt there was a lot of rhetorical information presented, and the narrator's inflections did not help me understand the difference.
I bought this book because of all the positive reviews, but decided they had more brain processing power than I have!
I have liked other works by Reynolds, and I can't think of whom could really be pleased with this mess. Too many competing plot lines left hanging. Any book that requires both a prologue and an epilogue to make sense has some real plot problems.
I would have to think twice. If I am reading I can skim through a subpar book. With audio books one is stuck. With Reynolds that's lots of hours stuck.
The jugglers, scuttlers, inhibitors, shadows, the conch material spacers
This episode picks up nicely after Redemption Ark. Sometimes hard to follow, but still good sci-fi. I really like John Lee as narrator, and generally like books that he does.
This book and Redemption Arc felt like they were building up to good final book. Yet the whole outcome of the Inhibitors v Humanity is basically glossed over within 12 minutes at the end of Absolution Gap. It's almost like Reynolds decide he couldn't be bothered and was done with the series.
Another excellent sic-fi novel by Alastair Raynolds and magnificent performance by John Lee. I've read most of Alastair Raynolds books and always enjoyed his realistic depiction of near future underlined with scientific facts.
Absolution gap picks up after Redemption Ark, continues with the story of human survival against the inhabiters. You can still read this book without the previous book but I recommend to read redemption ark first which is also a fantastic book if you can't wait till all the characters background are covered later in this book.
I had a mix feeling about the ending but right till the very last chapter the story continues on the right expectation path. If you are familiar with Alastrair Reynaldo then you definitely enjoy the ride and accept the twisted endings. Absolution Gap introduces many concepts that on their own right can be a good sic-fi stories. If you like this series then I also recommend Revelation space which is the part one foundation for other standalone books form AR.
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