In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy.
Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.
Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.
©2008 Iain M. Banks (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I've enjoyed the Culture Novels, and was fairly well enjoying this one up to the end, until it totally fell apart… I was looking forward to a conclusion that would tie all of the parts together, but it seemed that Mr. Banks just ran out of steam, or time, or something, because all of a sudden the story ended in what seemed to be half a chapter of nothing.
No conclusions, or explanations, just kill of all the characters, save one, and hang the ending on a non secreter. I will try again with another Banks story, but would like to know what the hell happened to this one?
I'm a fan of Ian Banks Culture series, but I think this one needed some more editing. The author clearly had the story well laid out in his head, but often speeds away from the listener.
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