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Publisher Description

Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels to match”(SF Site).

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life form reaching a certain level of intelligence—and they’ve targeted Humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. 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...

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 31
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Ken Follet ,

Revelation Space/Redemption Ark/Absolution Gap Trilogy

This is a brilliant piece of "hard" science fiction writing. The author's universe has several human factions developing over the next 1500 years as humanity spreads through the near galaxy but is limited by relativistic speeds between the stars. These factions are described in considerable detail and realism. Not quite the genius of the "Dune" universe but heading in that direction. There is speculation about biology/technology interfaces influencing the future of human development- nothing new here but this is just a back story for the real focus of the plot. That focus is- why has this future humanity not run into many other intelligent species? This introduces the "inhibitors" an intelligent but not truly sentient machine species that has a single purpose: maintaining a ruthless inhibition of intelligent biological life. It's a great story, extremely well written, epic in scale and brilliant in execution. However the basic thesis (why we seem to be alone in the galaxy) is a little far fetched even for this type of fiction and I had trouble accepting it. Still that's my only quibble with a great piece of sci fi writing.

The Neuromancer ,


The storytelling in this trilogy is absolutely superb. Easily one of the best space operas I've read!

Polarity Reversal ,

Too Long and Repetitive & Lots of Typos

Would have been much better if reduced and condensed by half. The dozens of typos and formatting errors are stupid and irritating.

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