Prador Moon is one of Neal Asher’s most explosive excursions into the Polity universe – a vivid, visceral, brilliantly intense space opera that you won’t forget.
It takes one encounter to turn peace into war . . .
The worlds of the Polity stretch from Earth Central into the unfathomable reaches of the galactic void. And when humanity finally encounters alien life – in the form of massive, hostile carnivores known as the Prador – there can only be one outcome. Total warfare.
Chaos reigns as, caught unawares, the Polity struggles to regain control. It must try and remake itself into a military society as starships clash, planets fall and space stations are overrun. But for Jebel Krong and Moria Salem, trapped at the centre of the action, this war is far more than a clash of cultures or technology versus brute force. This war is personal.
Prador Moon is a standalone prequel to the dramatic events in Neal Asher's Spatterjay novels.
Asher's enjoyable if violent SF novel pits heavily augmented posthumans and the AIs who rule them, the Polity Collective, against the Prador, vicious, bug-eyed aliens out to conquer all human space. The Polity Collective, an eminently civilized society, despite a small separatist underground that resents the AI's benign rule, stands in contrast to the crablike Prador, who rule by brute force. Since the Prador have a technological advantage in space warfare, two human beings the super-soldier Jebel Krong and Moria Salem, a technician with an illicit brain augmentation must combine their talents to try to destroy the impregnable Prador warship threatening humanity. The Polity novels (Gridlink, etc.) lack the intellectual complexity of the best British space opera by such writers as Iain M. Banks, Ken MacLeod and Justina Robson, but if you don't mind the gross out (the Prador eat not only their young but also their human enemies), they're invariably a good read.
An excellent writer.
Neal Asher knows exactly how to make action compelling and intense! He doesn't spend the majority of the time describing the technology or gear (a common mistake of other sci-fi authors). He has found the perfect balance between setting the scene and letting the reader build their own world out of the story.
The book is fast paced, in depth, and "up-close-and-personal." The story kept me interested and left me wanting keep reading at the end of each chapter. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in well written sci-fi.