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Publisher Description

Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus).

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 nightmare through which he searches for a low-life post-mortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 27
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Sheyingshi ,

Pretty good book

No, the book wasn't that bad at all. It took a little time for me to get into it, to adjust to the more stilted dialog than in "Redemption Space", but once there this book held my interest until the end. All in all it was money well spent, a good space opera.

F.D.S. ,

Chasm City

It's a wonderful experience when a Science Fiction lover finds an Alastair Reynolds. His words create a story, like a painter paints a picture. The images are wonderous.

Beelzebub Jones ,

Of his books so far read, this is my favorite

I am fairly certain that I’ve now read all of the Revelation Space books. I also read them in no particular order but this one last. I really liked them all. His limiting his interstellar culture to the confines of a luminal speed limit was well thought out, extended lifespans, suspended animation in sleeper modules, and uploaded minds, made the otherwise total discontinuity between locales and people less discontinuous while still impinging on the possibilities. After reading this story, I now like all the others even more. His characters are memorable, Triumver Ilia Volyova, from Revelation Space and Redemption Ark is my favorite in particular, the Pigs my favorite in general. His concepts from ships to cities to aliens are fantastic and beautifully conveyed. Just read them all. You’ll see!

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