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
The novel describes the beginning of the war between the Polity (human/AI union) and crab-like Prador. While they do not possess artificial intelligence, they achieved the technological advancement on their own and it is uniquely suitable for war. ...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
Sure theres not much character development, sure the whole thing seems a bit disorganized, the end is fulfilling and it lapses into techno babble BUT its enjoyable.
Theres a profound sense of childish joy and reading about giant murderous well armed crabs tearing across human world.
Somehow super camp badguys, space battles and crab death matches make up for th ...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
I've already read Gridlinked, Line of the Polity, Brass Man, and Polity Agent, which are in the Agent Cormac series. Polity comes before those in a loose timeline.
This book starts off gripping, becomes thoroughly engaging, and is a lot like a twisty windy covered water slide: you know you're going somewhere fast, it's intense, and will end with a big Splash!
For starters, the Prador were some of the creepiest, nastiest aliens I have ...more
Chronologically it takes place prior to Gridlinked, though it was the third published work in this universe.
This isn't a very deep book, it's short and to the point. There are some familiar characters in it, but could be read as a standalone novel.
Structurally it follows the exact same template as the previous two works in this series, bu ...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
In this story there are aliens, AI, head installed computers for humans, vat grown bodies, spaceships, warpdrives, portals, lasers, viral weapons, anti matter weapons and i think i am leaving a lot of things out...
As you can see in this story the author managed to include almost every topic of the science fiction universe i could think of. And is not contrived, it flows for the most part effortlessly.
High marks all around for this one.