Named one of the best novels of the year by both Locus and Science Fiction Chronicle, Alastair Reynolds's debut Revelation Space redefined the space opera. With Chasm City, Reynolds invites you to reenter the bizarre universe of his imagination as he redefines Hell...
The once-utopian Chasm City-a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet-has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted-from the people to the very buildings they inhabit-only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a lowlife postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.
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Excellent plot, chilling sci-fi
Having read the entire revelation space series, I was already familiar with Reynolds' writing style, and Chasm City stays true to form. Incredible visuals and plot, and while it did get very strange at times, the strangeness added to the experience.
Very big, never boring
I'm not normally a sci-fi fan, got this audio book for a long drive. It was riveting. The author did right by himself and wrote an impressive set of short stories that turned into a book.
I think the iTunes blurb for this book is a little misleading. You might think that what you’re getting is a sci-fi horror novel set in a hellishly gruesome city. If that’s what you want, you’ll be disappointed, and if, OTOH, what you want is a really good epic sci-fi tale that is told across time, space, planets and interstellar ships - you may pass up a great book on account of that blurb.
“Chasm City” is more like a mystery than a horror novel as the lead character struggles to make sense of layer upon layer of complex connections between his mission and events both current and historical. This is intelligent, well-written sci-fi. It’s often graphically violent and always fantastically atmospheric. Reynolds’ universe is realistic to the point of being almost depressingly familiar, filled as it is with brawling, vain, rather amoral humanity. No idealistic fantasy here, It’s a casually dystopian vision of the future that totally immerses the reader/listener.
The story is a slow build to a climax I’ll bet you won’t see coming until the lead character does .
“Chasm City” is read by an award-winning narrator of audiobooks and his reading of this one adds depth and texture to an already great book.