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Redemption Ark (The Inhibitor Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Late in the twenty-sixth century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors -- alien killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons -- and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes -- and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether . . .
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- ASIN : B0819V9WPD
- Publisher : Orbit (April 21, 2020)
- Publication date : April 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1426 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 593 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,018 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While Chasm City is set in the same “universe” as Revelation Space, it was far more approachable and enjoyable, in my opinion. Part of this may have been the underlying familiarity provided by the earlier book, but it was also definitely less reliant upon an underlying knowledge of quantum mechanics.
In any case, Redemption Ark is technically “book three” of the series, but actually reads much closer to a sequel of Revelation Space. Chasm City is almost a stand alone novel, with little connection to either the first or third books. You could read Redemption Ark immediately after Revelation Space, and in fact, may benefit by doing so, as there are many story lines that flow seamlessly between the two. Chasm City is a good story, but it can be read any time.
As in Revelation Space, Redemption Ark is replete with “rock hard” science fiction. The author goes to great pains to explain the physics behind many of his far future technology, though not to the detriment of the story, as I felt occurred in Revelation Space. If you enjoy space opera and hard science fiction, this will be right in your wheelhouse
If you were somehow captured by the narrative of the first book, Redemption Ark will be a pleasant page turner. The characters are interesting enough and mostly drive the plot which is rather thin, in comparison with the beginning of the series. Sometimes you feel hat you are merely reading the setup to something more promising somewhere down the road.
I fundamentally like the universe Reynolds has created and the way he handles the integration of technology in human affairs, not slacking on character building, which is frequently the weakness in most sci-fi novels. I would recommend this reading if you want to complete the trilogy. I am now somewhere in the middle of the last book and I enjoy the integrated experience of the full saga, which on the overall I would give a four star rating at this point.
Nano machines permeate the bodies and minds of humans and implants which allow direct mind to mind communication of humans, results in the nest mind of the Conjoiners; maybe the next step in the evolution of man but rejected by many.
The inhibitors exist to stamp out all intelligent species, which have mastered superluminal space- faring capability.
Clavane and his group of fellow Conjoiners, Pigs and normal humans resist the Wolves, (Inhibitors), in their quest to stamp out their current choice of intelligent life, the humans.
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Following almost directly on from the excellent first, several of the characters reappear but are joined by a whole new cast as the scope of the tale expands beyond the planet Resurgam. Often this moment of revelation can be somewhat flat but Reynolds pulls you in as transparently as if you were there yourself.
Not an author restricted to the obvious, we are treated to super smart pigs and a woman with a head in a jar a la Futurama. Better still, the pettiness and arrogance of human kind, baseline or adjusted, is on full display even as forces so much older and so much more powerful are rising to brush them off like the insects that they are.
Fabulous novel: onto the third!
Fleecy Moss, author of the Folio 55 SciFi fantasy series (writing as Nia Sinjorina), End of a Girl, Undon , and 4659 now available on Amazon.
Only to reveal such a made up nonsence reason at the end, that really makes no sense!
In reality there will be absolutely no danger to anyone when Andromeda collides with the Milky Way. That would be a long spectacular event, but the direct star-to-star collision events are not very likely to happen at all during the millions of years that this collision will take. Stars are extremely tiny compared to the distances between them.
It is likely that some stars might have a close encounters with others and that might rip apart the planet systems, making some habitable words flying into deep space (or even into their suns), but that will be no harm to other potentially habitable planets in other systems on the galactic scale.
So honestly I feel cheated.
Redemption Ark takes these strengths and builds on them—the new characters are rarely dull, their motivations remaining human despite the vast scope of Reynolds’ storytelling, and the new technology and physics introduced is somehow both inventive (and, so far as I know, unseen outside the Revelation Space Sequence) and easy for readers to grasp.
While there are times, much like Revelation Space, where the characters’ actions seem superfluous or their relationships and dynamics somewhat flat, it’s a testament to the strength of Reynolds’ writing style and narrative voice that he can manage to keep the characters as compelling as they are for such a long novel, and I don’t doubt for a second that a lesser writer wouldn’t have even attempted such a feat, let alone achieved it. All in all, another innovative and encapsulating read, especially once the story gets going—I for one will be purchasing the third novel, Absolution Gap, immediately.