Absolution Gap (Revelation Space, #3)
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Absolution Gap (Revelation Space #3)

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With his "top-notch" (Maxim) debut, Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds was widely hailed as the new leader of cutting-edge hard-science fiction; a reputation he confirmed with the "awe inspiring"* sequel, Redemption Ark. Now, with Absolution Gap, he concludes the saga that made him "the most exciting space opera writer working today" (*Locus).

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Hardcover, 576 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Ace Hardcover (first published January 1st 2003)
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David Sven
Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a mostly unaugmented human to make love to a cyborg who was more machinery than biology? Of course you have! Who hasn't right? For GRRM fans it's easy. Just think Joffrey plus Iron Throne.

Or perhaps you've wondered what it would be like to never blink or even close your eyes in sleep so you could watch reruns of your favourite cable shows non stop. How would you achieve such a state? Well one of the Ultras in this book goes there. Lets just say i...more
Ian
With his Revelation Space trilogy and the spinoff books Chasm City and The Prefect , Alastair Reynolds has accomplished the best world-building outside of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. Truly, I can't understate how impressed I am with what Reynolds has put together.

Over the last ten weeks or so I have fallen in love with the Revelation Space universe and I simply can't get enough of the stories or characters that occupy it. I started with The Prefect, not realizing it was part of a bigger pic...more
Tim Hicks
What a disappointment! This last book alone adds 662 pages to the series. It continues the brilliant weaving of complex and advanced ideas, but even early in the book I started thinking, "This is getting a little silly now". It built to what promised to be a stunning conclusion, then ends with a great big "PFFFFBBBLLLLLT". What a load of bollocks!

The ending is so bad that it bursts the suspension of disbelief that carried us so far. It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines...more
Lee
Story: 4/5
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking


Book three of the Revelation Space story puts in a familiar place with our standard cast of characters fleeing the inhibitors and trying to find a solution to the impending annihilation of humankind. There are three main branches to this story in two different time zones and of all the three books this one was the lightest in hard SciFi as it focuses more on the ending of the sto...more
Swaps55
Aug 08, 2007 Swaps55 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi fans
This is the conclusion of the three part series, and while I thought it was the weakest of the series, I still get insane pleasure out of this man's writing. I think the main problem this book has is that it is missing what would seem to be a very vital sense of urgency concerning the Inhibitors. Now, the nature of this galaxy he has created reminds us that our perception of the passage of time is quite different from the galaxy's perception, but even so, there is a race of machines out there de...more
Lorelei
What the?!

The final in a rather involved trilogy that is neither the same story as the previous two/nor the characters and in no way final. So many tantalising threads from the the previous two books are left to hang. The first two in this series showed great promise and I was very much looking forward to this one - I can't think of the last time I was so disappointed in an author.

The thing that became most apparent to me after finishing this one is that the author was using his characters as to...more
Forrest
The final novel in the Revelation Space Trilogy concludes one of the great space operas of the modern era. Though not the best book of the trilogy (I reserve that spot for Revelation Space itself), Absolution Gap brings the vast, centuries-spanning epic to a satisfactory conclusion. (view spoiler)...more
Tom
Absolutely stunning. Full of so many amazing set pieces and characters. I particularly loved how Scorpio and Captain Brannigan basically were the main characters of this book. They're both such fascinating characters.

I need to go read the short story Galactic North again for more illumination about the ending.

The Revelation Space universe is probably my favorite scifi setting, and my second favorite fictional world after Bas-Lag. Pity the only thing I have left to read in this setting is The Pre...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
Impressive and interesting conclusion to the Revelation Space trilogy. At first I was a little disappointed by the low key ending, but after a couple of days I find this perfectly human ending, very appropriate and satisfying.
Robert
This is the weakest of the Revelation Space novels, which is a shame, because it is the last and it ends more with a whimper than a bang. There are two main flaws; one is that it doesn't really end the story of humanity's encounter with the Inhibitors at all and that feels unsatisfactory. There is a clear need for a fourth book to wrap things up properly, but we aren't going to get it.

The other, possibly greater, flaw is hardly unique to this book, or this writer, and has to do with a common na...more
Oscar
Naves espaciales, arqueología estelar, antiguas civilizaciones, virus adoctrinadores, heroismo, sacrificio, religión, batallas, traición, armas inverosímiles... ¡Impresionante! Que una novela de más de 600 páginas te mantenga en vilo hasta el final debe significar algo, y ese algo es calidad e ideas a raudales. Si 'El arca de la redención' fue buena, su continuación, 'El desfiladero de la absolución', es mucho mejor, extraordinaria diría yo. El pulso narrativo de Alastair Reynolds no desfallece...more
Kerry
  Absolution:  A freeing from blame or guilt.

Clavain is staring across an ocean on planet Ararat. He is sitting alone in meditation, struggling with feelings of remorse and guilt. Does he take the swim that would allow the Juggler marine mass to absorb his mind/soul with their own?

Scorpio arrives. He finds Clavain in his place of solitude and self imposed exile. A small craft has landed and Scorpio feels this may mark the local resumption of humanities war against the Inhibitors. Or maybe this...more
Scott Rhee
"Absolution Gap" is Alastair Reynold's final (maybe) chapter in his absolutely fantastic 4-book sci-fi series that started with "Revelation Space". Starting where he left off in "Redemption Ark", Reynolds continues the story of his ragtag crew of the light-hugger Nostalgia for Infinity and the thousands of survivors of planet Resurgam, which was destroyed by an ancient race of machines called the Inhibitors. The survivors have settled on a planet they have named Ararat. The inhibitors continue t...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2004.

This novel completes the story of Revelation Space and Redemption Ark, about how the human race falls foul of machines named Inhibitors or wolves, which destroy interstellar civilizations when alerted by the use of particular kinds of advanced technology. (Chasm City and the pair of novellas Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days share the same background, but are not part of the same story.) At the end of Redemption Ark, one group of humans had taken re...more
Ben Babcock
I actually read this soon enough after Redemption Ark that I can still remember some of the details of that book! Absolution Gap picks up two generations later. The Nostalgia for Infinity is parked on Ararat, and its occupants have set up a “temporary” settlement. Little do they know that, in the space around them, Conjoiners and Inhibitors battle to a standstill, until a lone craft breaks the silence and crashes into Ararat’s ocean. Clavain, Scorpio, Skade, Khouri, and Remontoire all make an ap...more
Xavi
Soy de sagas, lo admito. Cuando un universo creado por un autor me atrapa me cuesta mucho desengancharme y me gusta leer las trilogías, cuadrilogías, decalogías (Erikson machote) de un tirón. Es por eso que ya no empiezo muchas de las sagas que me apetecen, para no tener que parar si la trama me engancha. ( y evitar relecturas…me hago viejo y pierdo memoria).
Algunas sagas parecen planeadas desde el inicio, y otras se nota que aprovechan el tirón de una primera novela potente. En ambos casos a me...more
Shari
Absolution Gap is definitely my favorite in the Revelation series. The moment I started reading this third book in the trilogy, I immediately saw it wasn’t quite the same as the first two. Three things stood out. First was the prologue. It didn’t read like the main story that it made me wonder where in the whole story it would fit. Next was the setting. Absolution Gap continues the journey of those who flee the Inhibitors, but decades later. There are actually three settings from three different...more
Grant Kisling
This is the final book in the Revelation Space Trilogy. In my opinion, it is disappointing because it the book itself feels unfinished which leaves a bad taste in your mouth for the series as a whole.

The Revelation Space Trilogy is a trilogy of diminishing returns.

Book 1 (Revelation Space): 4.5 rating, exciting and a lot of interesting ideas introduced

Book 2 (Redemption Ark): 3.75 rating, a continuation but really no new ideas and not many topics from the first book revisted

Book 3 (absolution Ga...more
George
Feb 16, 2012 George rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read the first two in the trilogy
Shelves: science-fiction
One thousand nine hundred and seventy four pages of plot development and world building. All the plot devices, all the ideas, and all the characters you introduced and developed, and you give me that for an ending. How could you.

I've had books conclude unsatisfactorily before, at least to me, I've been disappointed at endings before, but never have I felt so empty after concluding a series that I have put so much time and energy into reading as I did at the end of this book.

An antagonist, a myst...more
Cecily
The third in the Revelation Space series, picking up where Redemption Ark (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) left off. I have been impressed by all the Reynolds I have read, but around the half-way mark, this one was struggling to be worth 3*. However, it redeemed itself in the last quarter, to deserve 4*.

Like many of Reynolds' books, this is a story with three main, interrelated, strands, though it is simpler than the previous two Revelation Space volumes - or perhaps that is just becau...more
Shaun Thomas

When I'm reading multiple books simultaneously, it's usually because I've relegated one to my "before bed" pile. Absolution Gap, the conclusion of Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space series, was one of those. Unfortunately, it's also one of the longer books I've attacked in a couple months, and half an hour per night hardly pays quick dividends. Even worse, Reynolds' writing style is copious and unrelenting; I felt every single one of those pages.

I'm saying the novel is immense, folks. Stick w...more
Joe
The thrilling final chapter of the revelation space trilogy. The colonists of Resurgam were able to evacuate just in time before the inhibitors destroyed it. Clavains people went their separate ways after the battle at Resurgam. Some on the lightship Zodiacal Light to try and track down Daniel Sylveste to try and find information they can use defeat the inhibitors. Clavain and Scorpio take Nostalgia for Infinity and the refugees to the remote ocean world Arrat to set up a temporary colony.

The i...more
Brad
This is the fourth novel I've ready by Alastair Reynolds, and I have to admit that while it took me a bit of time to get into the writing, the effort is never wasted. The build-up is slow but very steady, and I can honestly say that the final explosions are quite good. There's always something else to look forward to, on the other hand, and I suppose my only wish would be to have a prolific amount of works to support each one. A universe this detailed ought to at least be a lot more full than a...more
Ralph McEwen
This is book “4” in the series. This book has some great parts and science in it. After the prologue, the start of this book ties in to the previous book almost seamlessly. I would recommend that you read the earlier books or you will feel lost at times in this book and the plot twists and turn enough without being confused about who is who and what is what. This book does not drag or spend to much time on long drawn out descriptions. There is plenty of action and intrigue within the covers. Eve...more
Andreas Payer
OK, I finished the series, and so here are my wrap-up thoughts: it's been said elsewhere that this guy writes 400 page novels that are 800 pages long, and I have to concur. While the characters and far-out ideas are once again great, the entire essence behind the conflict played out in this series, humanity vs. the Inhibitors, is once again left unresolved. Other than space battles of course, there are space battles between humans and aliens, and they are cool, as is everything in this series, b...more
Jason
I was extremely disappointed with this 3rd concluding book of the series. Where the first 2 excelled, character development, this book was really missing. The main characters of the first 2 books were pretty much finished with their stories after 2 books. Some were even ruined in this book and they acted quite out of character. The overall theme of man versus machine was not really brought to conclusion, it contained nothing new. I would have stopped reading this book 100 pages in, but I pushed...more
Willy Eckerslike
Firstly, I must say that the above summary is entirely relative; the first two books are so good that this one seems a little weak both in plot and execution. For the first time with a Reynolds, I found myself skip-reading sections of the occasional paragraph as the plot was not as complex or taut as I’d come to expect and while the character development was welcome, the narrative flow suffered.

I also found the ending most unsatisfactory, what should have been a thrilling culmination of the str...more
Edwin Williams
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. - Margaret J. Wheatly

The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Or was it better the devil you know than the devil you don't? Or was it an alliance with the strong is never to be trusted? Regardless, humans are getting their collective asses handed to them in this book. This book follows the refugees from the second book and an evangelical space treasure hunter who is new to the...more
Tomislav
This book is part of Alastair Reynolds' series "Revelation Space", and third in a trilogy:
2000) Revelation Space (1 of 3)
2001) Chasm City
2002) Redemption Ark (2 of 3)
2003) Absolution Gap (3 of 3)
2003) Diamond Dogs / Turquoise Days (2 novellas)
2006) Galactic North (collection)
2007) The Prefect

I found this book quite a bit more readable than the prior two novels of the trilogy set in the fantastically complex Revelation Space universe. Finally, I think Reynolds was able to establish some character...more
Clinton John
Enormously disappointing conclusion to the Revelation Space universe. Went back and re-read all the earlier ones and this one again, to try and see if the Deux-Ex-Machina solution he annoyingly employs here was hinted at anywhere earlier. Nope. Ruined what was a spectacular space opera. The first ones are still top notch. This one has to be the worst publication by an otherwise excellent author.
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Alastair Reynolds, former scientist and now full-time writer. Most of what he writes is science fiction, with a strong concern for scientific verisimilitude (although he is prepared to break the rules for the sake of a good story). He has lived in England, Scotland and the Netherlands where he worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency until 2004, but now makes his home back in his...more
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“She wanted to climb on to the rack herself to wrench one of the pilgrims away from the sight that transfixed them, to rip back the cowl from their helmet, to press her own face against that blank mirror and try to make contact--before it was too late--with whatever fading glimmer of human individuality remained. She wanted to drive a rock into the faceplate, shattering faith in an instant of annihilating decompression.
And yet she knew that her anger was horribly misdirected. She knew that she only loathed and despised these pilgrims because of what what she feared had happened to Harbin. She could not smash the churches, so she desired instead to smash the gentle innocents who were drawn toward them”
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