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"Lee delivers tense escapes, gutsy fight scenes, and unfeasible coincidences with aplomb." ---AudioFile
About the Author
Born in Barry, South Wales, Alastair Reynolds studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time. He is the author of many short stories and twelve novels, including Chasm City, winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel, and House of Suns.
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HOWEVER. There will NOT be any other tales to be told for this world and its inhabitants. The author has flat-out stated that this is a standalone novel and that he has no intentions for a sequel. Unfortunately, the entire book reads as the setup for a trilogy and goes hurtling toward a climax that proves to be abrupt and deeply unsatisfying when one realizes that this is it--there will be no more. Ideas and possible plot threads and intimations are flung out by the handful over the course of the book and the reader naturally assumes that these will go somewhere and be more fully developed over the course of the series. But it all proves to be a giant tease. Essentially, this is a 4 1/2 star kickoff to a stillborn trilogy and gets downgraded to a rating of 3 for what feels very much like a bait and switch.
There is, though, some additional material to be found. The author's personal blog has three flashback sequences for the lead character which were cut from the final edit, so you are encouraged to go there and take a gander if you are a completist.
Our hero is a disguised renegade angel, now a doctor, fleeing his former compatriots. A sudden enormous zone shift throws the world into disarray. Our hero struggles first to survive and then to bring aid to the devastated Spearpoint.
Reynolds writes well and the portrayals of the different technological levels are skillfully done, with many clever ideas. However, the novel moves very slowly, particularly in the central sections where there are many minor events but little real plot development. Part of the problem is that our heroes faces many local challenges, but no overarching enemy, so the mood is often more of a travelogue than a conventional adventure. (The skullboys make poor adversaries, because of their disorganized nature.) Things do pick up near the end, and Reynolds provides a reasonably satisfying conclusion.
Overall four stars. There is some good writing and some good ideas, compensating for a slow plot.
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