Prador Moon (Polity Universe #1)
The Polity Collective, which benignly rules numerous star systems, has come up against a chilling opponent. The crablike Prador are bloodthirsty aliens bent on crushing the Polity and stealing its runcible technology . . . and they possess a frightening superiority in space warfare. Two wild-card humans, a vengeance-driven soldier and a runcible technician, must now combi...more
Neal Asher makes Alastair Reynolds look like soft science fiction, and Vernor Vinge look like fantasy.
I picked up this book after hearing that a) Neal Asher was a lot like Alastair Reynolds, and b) that this particular book was a good place to start his Polity series. And, I will admit, the plot sounded just ridiculous enough to be a good summer read: humans finally meet their first non-human sentient species, only to be appalled to find that they're ginormous carnivorous crab-like cr...more
In internal chronological order this is the first book in a series of Neal Asher's Polity stories. Some of the books are stand alone novels while others are part of a story arc. I don't think he intended this book to be an introduction to his world but it is where I started. Story wise it has the format of a d...more
While the story is simple and the antagonists unapologetically and irredeemably evil (p...more
Several other reviewers has complained that this book might not be as good as Neal Asher is supposed to be. And having read it, I think I can see that: there is capacity here, there's good pacing, and interesting characters. However, there's also a shallowness in the story, the worl...more
In the future humans no longer control their universe, that pesky bit of work has been taken over by AI's and while many seem content to work and live well under AI hegemony some do not. But in all the centuries that humans have expanded to the stars they had not met another spacefaring species until they met the Prador but the Prador have been elusi...more
The Polity is mostly composed of humans but is ruled by AIs. Although it’s a space-faring society, they’ve only ever encountered two alien species. One is already ex...more
The Prador are a race of aliens with a mentality that in humans would be considered sociopathic; adult male Prador think only of themselves and would willingly sacrifice their many, many children by the shipload to achieve greater power and status. Immature Prador, on the other hand, would gladly sacrifice themselves if their Father so demanded, slaves to pheromones produ...more
The Prador, deeming humanity as an inferior and weaker race, embark on an interstellar war intent on the conquest and slavery of the human race and the destruction their Polity and its AIs. As an added bonus, human flash is also so...more
It may not be literature of high acclaim, but it was a great compulsive read. Really very enjoyable.
It isn't really a 5 star book, but I'm giving it 5 nonetheless because it was exactly the kind of thing I was craving for. It does what it says on the tin, and then some. I can't wait to get stuck into Asher's subsequent wo...more
The Prador are a invertebrate race that have a strictly defined pyramid family structure. They are brutal and callous, cruel and nasty. The family has three levels of children that as they climb the ladder and they are named when they reach to top. The fight to the top is hard and often fatal.
When the civilisations meet the Prador capture kill and eat their human captives. A...more
This first book in the series has some interesting characters which are easy to like. The overall plot is fairly straightforward aka bad guys attacking the Polity killing and eating as they go.
My problem is that the antagonists are a crablike form and much as I tried I could not get the idea of one of those old B Class...more
While the ending comes a little abruptly, this is one gem that...more