- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044101173X
- ISBN-13: 978-0441011735
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.6 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Redemption Ark (Revelation Space) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004
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Redemption Ark is Alastair Reynolds's third hefty SF novel, a direct sequel to his debut book Revelation Space, and also linked with Chasm City, which won the British SF Association Award. Gripping high-tech action features various groups struggling for control of a cache of "hell-class weapons", while the alien Inhibitors--who stamp out space-going intelligence wherever they find it--are busy dismantling planets to build a doomsday engine of awesome size.
Building on the previous books, the interstellar situation is exhilaratingly complex. Major players from Revelation Space are still at large in the solar system containing the new Inhibitor construction site, the vast old starship Nostalgia for Infinity (hideously transformed and merged with its captain by "Melding Plague"), the hell-weapons, and the colonized planet Resurgam--which may need to be evacuated at speed.
Many light years away, the mechanically enhanced human Conjoiners are fighting a space war around Yellowstone, the world of Chasm City. Although victory approaches, the Conjoiners are frantically building advanced starships and planning to run for their lives, thanks to an incredibly dangerous project that sucked information from the future--including news of the Inhibitors. The Conjoiners have their own internal factions, at least one of which isn't what it seems, and a fresh split leads to a tense relativistic race for the Resurgam system and those coveted hell-weapons. Booby-traps and deadly strategems enliven the desperate journey.
Other, non-Conjoiner humans--not to mention machine intelligences and genetically engineered man-pig chimeras--are caught up in the intrigue and violence. Many members of this large cast have inner secrets, other identities, painful relationships, long-concealed guilt. As at last they converge on the Resurgam system, there are jolting surprises.
Meanwhile, the immense past and future of Reynolds' universe becomes clearer, a cosmic tapestry with the deep-time scope of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee series, ranging from the Dawn War in the early aeons of galactic life to a cataclysmic event still three billion years in the future. A disaster which the loathed robotic Inhibitors are working patiently to minimise....
Despite minor glitches in story logic, Redemption Ark is a hugely enjoyable and ambitious interstellar epic, a must-read for fans of SF that operates on a truly colossal scale. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance."--Publishers Weekly
"Reynolds takes quests for vengeance and redemption and places them on a galactic stage."--Locus
"If you like hard SF...with fast-paced action and hard-boiled characters...you're in for a great ride."--SF SiteSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Like the first I found it a little slow to get into, possibly because it had been a while since I read the first, and the connection wasn't obvious at first.
However the same things that were great about Revelation Space are here; impressively plausible (and also outlandish) sci fi, great characters, and enormously inventive story and setting
This book brilliantly develops the first story into a much larger story concerning the survival of human life (and all life in the universe). It fills in some info but leaves plenty for the final book which I know I am going to love reading
An excellent read - one point, if you have read Revalation Space it will make this easier to read but its not essential
The characterization is extremely well contrived and believable, adding very much to the richness of the novel. It also adds to the fun when a long lost character makes an unexpected re-appearance... Volyova's conversations with weapon 17 and the tensions surrounding the (bizarre) Captain Brannigan are brilliant.
...It is the clever working of sub-plots that lead to an unpredictable story, and as for the fact that it appears to be set up for a sequel - so what? Great I say. I can't wait to read the next installment. Get it now you will not be sorry.
The first 400 pages are amongst the best SF I have read, unfortunately its thrown away in the last 150 pages or so, as the author sets things up for a sequel. What should have been the climax is thrown away in a couple of lines and instead we get an epilogue who's sole purpose is to prepare us for said sequel.
This is the authors best work yet but...its crying out for a decent editor. Infact in places it looks like whole subplots were edited out (for reasons of space?) - the lighthugger theft for instance...
I dont wan't to be too negative, this is one of the best SF novels I have read this year, but unfortunately it just falls at the last hurdle and what should have been a great book, becomes just very good.
Hopefully the sequel will be the book this one could have been as the Author improves with every book he writes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent characterisation, fast paced and doesn't get bogged down in minutiae too much. Looking forward to part 3 of the trilogy.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great continuation of Revelation Space. The plot thickens indeed!
I would at this point go back to the other booka of the series that describe times before Revelation Space.
There were good bits and clever bits and then there were parts that you had trouble fully investing in.
I've read a few of his and will read more. Read more
I Generally love Alistair Reynolds, and I want to love this, but I can't quite do it. To give him credit, Redemption Ark is still better than a lot of sci-fi, but the writing... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Smithy
I found the book even better than Revelation Space, which was the first book in this series.Published 20 months ago by Aleksandar Bovan
Only on page 8 (out of 600) but it seems like its going to be the usual space opera fare, aliens and guns and ships, just the way I like itPublished 24 months ago by MR T J K PAYNE