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Redemption Ark (Revelation Space #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,994 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
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 th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 694 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Ace Books (first published January 2003)
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Andrew Price A brief sexual encounter but not graphic. The f-bomb is in it quite a few times (one of the main characters, Antoinette Bax uses it in almost every…moreA brief sexual encounter but not graphic. The f-bomb is in it quite a few times (one of the main characters, Antoinette Bax uses it in almost every conversation). I don;t recall any swearing in Revelation Space or Chasm City so it stood out quite a bit in this book.(less)
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mark monday
Jul 03, 2012 mark monday rated it liked it
Shelves: futuristik
i'm just going to copy and paste this from a group, because i'm lazy that way. okay maybe i'll edit it a little bit too. for kicks.

it was a good book overall, and i enjoyed it as much as its predecessor. lots of great concepts to digest and i'm still digging the basic idea behind the enemy threat of the Inhibitors. i also really liked reading about the Conjoiners, but then i'm a sucker for anything having to do with melding minds etc.

Reynolds still has his primary weakness: characterization. in
Feb 20, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Revelation Space was the first Reynolds book I read, I imagine it is the starting point for most Reynolds readers as it is his best known and breakthrough book. While I quite like some of Revelation Space I was not exactly won over by it. I found some of it quite hard to follow and the pace flagged from time to time. However, I understood and liked enough of it to try another Reynolds book. Happily that turned out to be House of Suns, a book now firmly ensconced in my SF Top 20 bookshelf, it is ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Gabriel rated it liked it
This is a very frustrating book to evaluate. There is a *great* 400 page novel sitting inside this flabby 700 page slug.

Reynolds has a great imagination and is extremely thoughtful. This is fantastic hard sci-fi told on an epic scale. Well, almost hard sci-fi, he flirts (needlessly) with breaking the laws of physics, but for the most part we're sitting square in the "real world" here. He does an excellent job of thinking about the *consequences* of his technologies and the way they would shape
Mar 11, 2013 Terry marked it as abandoned
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
Caveat: this is not really a review, but rather a plaintive cry and is based on having read the previous book set in this universe in full (Revelation Space), an abortive attempt to read the non-series Reynolds book House of Suns, and finally the book in question up to page 236 (out of 694!)…hence no star rating.

Why won’t you let me love you Alastair Reynolds? I *need* some high quality space opera, preferably with various factions of humanity living on planets, in orbital habitats, and on space
David Sven
Jul 21, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks
The plague ship Nostalgia for Infinity is back. 4 kilometres of machine melded into a cathedral of the grotesque that is part spaceship, part alien virus, part man, more than a bit creepy and 100% Awesome.

Nuff said...but wait, there's more

As if taking the concept of cyborg to the extreme isn't enough, Nostalgia for Infinity comes packing heat. Hell-class weapons. And they aren't call hell-class for nothing - each of them capable of unleashing Armageddon with a thought. And is the mind behind tha
Jul 01, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been cruising along with this series, pretty much sitting on the fence on whether I really liked it. Then a third of the way through this book it all clicked together and I was hooked. There is no defining moment or change in the writing style, it really just starts to bring the whole epic story together and you suddenly become aware of the sheer scale of story.

Redemption Ark is brilliant writing. The technical sci-fi stuff is still there, but didn't seem as grandiose as in book one, but
Dec 04, 2013 Cecily rated it really liked it
Number two in the Revelation Space trilogy; you could read it as a standalone story, but it's better to read in sequence, and it helps if you've also read Chasm City (

This is a long treasure hunt for super weapons, conducted by two competing factions (though both have the same intention), with a life-or-death deadline. Although that is true, it does it an injustice because there is far more complexity and intrigue than that implies. Reynolds has really
Mar 31, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
this is my second Alastair Reynolds novel and the second of the trilogy. I am blown away by the level of realism, depth, and structure of this series. Throw in some incredible characterizations and you have a premium sci-fi series. It also does not hurt the science when the author is a rocket scientist. There are strong protagonists here that make you believe in them. The antagonist is your typical science fiction type of "Grey Goo", mass of tiny robots that are threatening life as we know it. E ...more
¿Cuál es la misión de un escritor? Pues sumergirnos es su mundo, que durante algunas horas vivamos las historias y aventuras de unos personajes que se convierten en carne y hueso, descubrirnos mundos y universos desconocidos. Y a fe mía que Alastair Reynolds lo consigue con 'El arca de la redención'.

Mientras leía este libro, había momentos en que levantaba la cabeza para cerciorarme realmente de en qué "mundo" estaba. Reynolds tiene un imaginario propio muy original y atractivo, su prosa es senc
Sep 17, 2007 Adam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dark sci fi
The surreal hyjinks continue in Reynold's apocalyptic epic. Adding propaganda dreams, fetus cops, hyperpigs, orwellian governments, and the terrifying inertia engines(trust me this is true horror), and a doomy cosmic scope. Some how five hundred pages is riddled with tension. Don't compare with pieces of crap like Orson Scott Card, rather Mieville,M.John Harrison, or Swanwick
Dec 29, 2008 Lightreads rated it really liked it
Sequel to the impressive but flawed Revelation Space. Another 550 pages of interstellar plotting – one of those rotating POV books tracking multiple factions all located somewhere along the sympathy-repulsion spectrum while they maneuver against each other for advantage while an external danger closes in. The external danger being the Wolves, ancient alien machines whose job it is to prune life from the galaxy for reasons not as evil as you might think.

The best part is still the worldbuilding –
In Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds set up the framework of a creative, somewhat unique, and entirely believable future universe in which humanity is a star-faring civilization over the local portion of our galaxy spanning maybe a few dozen light years. As I explained in my review of that book, he set up a framework with rules and limits, but still sufficiently flexible to allow for creativity and imagination. Reynolds' book The Prefect , a stand-alone novel set in one corner of the Revelati ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better and even darker than the previous one. And so realistic written that it gives you shivers. The action may take place in 27th century but the time scale references spans over 3 billion years. There are concepts which are simply too big to comprehend:

"The grand story of life in the Milky Way - across the entire local group - might just be one thread in something humblingly vast."

Can't wait to see how it will end...

PS: and here you have Nostalgia for Infinity (isn't she beautiful?) :)

May 24, 2012 Jurgen_i rated it really liked it
This is a well done sequel of the Revelation Space cycle. It stays almost on the same quality level with the first book Revelation Space, but completely falls behind the second book Chasm City which is just great (see my rapturous review if you aren’t afraid to catch enthusiasm toward it).

You’ll still find: Interesting plot, vastness in space and time, well-created atmosphere of interstellar age, scientific realism in most cases. Conjoiner society where people are connected via a neural-augmente
Mar 24, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A traditional race against time story. Also a sprawling space opera. The tension? This race against time is a total marathon with a smattering of teaser races (I.e...a near light speed race across the galaxy for a cache of weapons, a race to evacuate a planet.)

Be advised, there is no resolution in this or the next book. This has to be some kind of literary foul. Instead, we again have a skilled writer striking out on, what feels like, a never ending story. Hey, maybe we could call this, 'pulli
May 10, 2015 Daniorte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es el típico libro que después de terminar de leer te quedas un buen rato en la última página rememorando todo lo que has leído.

Es increíble como puede hilar una historia tan compleja haciéndola sencilla y haciendo participe al que la lee de los conflictos que supone y de las decisiones tomadas. Aúna dilemas éticos junto con una ciencia ficción con unas bases solidas y bien explicada.

Si esta saga se llevara a la gran pantalla o a la pequeña, descubriría las vergüenzas de muchas grandes sag
Oct 26, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Jan 04, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Redemption Ark is one of those books that you hate to give anything less than 5 stars to. You have to admire the author's ambition, the epic sweep of his story, the balancing out of humanity (even with all the scientific hardware and augmentation), and soul eating Lovecraftian-like darkness from the abyss. And yet, at the 400 page mark, I felt the wheels (or jets) wobbling, as plot clutter accumulated, and characters flattened out. To Reynolds' credit, these characters all had an appealing hard ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Negativni rated it really liked it
Drugi dio ima puno linearniju priču, gdje se od početka otprilike zna kojim će se smjerom kretati. To je ok, jer je prvi roman ostavio neriješnu tu veliku prijetnju, ali ima nekoliko nepotrebnih opisa događaja koji nisu bitni za priču i to usporava radnju. U Revelation Spaceu mi se čini da je bilo nekoliko stranica viška, dok je ovdje nekoliko desetaka, možda bi se moglo reći čak i sto stranica.

U prvom dijelu se nije znalo gdje priča vodi pa je i teško bilo tijekom čitanja procjeniti što je bitn
Apr 02, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Often times, I find myself give a book a rating(and try to review it right then) and sit on it for awhile to see how it settles. Many times I adjust my rating and review (both +1 and -1). The longer I sit on redemption ark, the more I think about it and the more amazing it becomes.

I often hear the debate of which is better, "the expanse" or "revelation space" and like to ponder this myself. The expanse (1-4) is the quickest series I have ever read. It sucked me in and I couldn't let go kind of l
Aug 10, 2009 Matthew rated it liked it
Sequel to Revelation Space and continues on in Reynold's signature space opera style with a hard sci-fi edge. This is a good book that could have been great but for weird editing decisions in some places and an apparent lack of editing in others.

Chief among these is the build-up on several occasions to what appear to be climactic set-pieces ... which are then inexplicably skipped over with a perfunctory "Once the battle had passed ..." or "Once the ship was captured ...". These sections feel lik
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Mar 15, 2011 Lori L (She Treads Softly) rated it it was amazing
Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds is the sequel to Revelation Space and the second book in the Revelation Space space-opera trilogy. The main focus of Redemption Ark is the retrieval of the "hell-class" weapons that are aboard the ship Nostalgia for Infinity in order to stop the Inhibitors, a race of killing machines whose purpose seems to be to detect and exterminate intelligent life.

As the Inhibitors, seen as black cubes, systematically take apart a gas giant planet and several of it's moons
Scott Rhee
Jul 23, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Alastair Reynolds's sequel to "Revelation Space" and "Chasm City", "Redemption Ark" takes the reader into the far far future, where mankind has inadvertently awakened an ancient race of machines called Inhibitors, whose job it is to literally "inhibit" the evolution of any species before they become too technologically advanced. Mankind doesn't have a chance against the Inhibitors, who can destroy moons, planets, and stars, which leaves only one alternative for mankind: get the hell out of the g ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Xavi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: llegits-2013
Con la edad estoy descubriendo que cada libro tiene un momento. Hay libros que los he comenzado en el momento inadecuado ( por las lecturas anteriores, disponibilidad de tiempo para leer, estado anímico,…) y no los he terminado. Últimamente me ha dado por dar alguna segunda oportunidad, y por suerte estoy acertando. Estuve muchos meses disfrutando con la saga de Malaz después de casi no acabar el primero, y me está pasando lo mismo con la saga de Alastar Reynolds.
Los dos primeros volúmenes está
Jan 12, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
First line: The dead ship was a thing of beauty.

Redemption Ark is the third book in Reynolds Revelation Space series. I inadvertently skipped the second novel Chasm City but thankfully Reynolds’ fiction, despite being part of a larger overarching story, manages to stand well enough on its own and I never felt like I was really missing anything major. As when I read Revelation Space the first thing that strikes me about Reynolds’ writing is the staid, deliberate pace. I can’t qualify this in any
Good sequel, but it missed the best bits out!: .
This is a direct follow on from Revelation Space and involves storylines from Chasm City, so you do need to have read those before this.
Technically this book is superior to the other two in almost every respect - the depth of characters is better, the plot line has less holes, the move from story thread to thread is smoother..............and yet Reynolds has still muffed the writing in two important areas - the end is a quick, neat wrap up indicat
Mar 29, 2011 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011, re-read
Look, it's a Revelation Space novel. Seriously. This is not going to be a bad review.

Redemption Ark sort of takes up where Revelation Space leaves off, but uses quite a number of different characters to present the narrative. Where the Conjoiners were just another group of weirdos in the first book, here two of the main points of view are from Conjoiners - who end up having quite different takes on the events. There are a couple of familiar characters, happily - who have changed in some ways qui
John Boettcher
Oct 02, 2012 John Boettcher rated it it was amazing
"For the galaxy, as much as it was a machine for making metals, and thereby complex chemistry, and thereby life, could also be seen as a machine for making wars."

The second book in Reynolds Revelation Space series. A great follow up to the first book, Revelation Space and this book keeps the story going.

Several different story lines, (as in much of Reynold's works) takes place in this tale. Simply put, there are a group of machines that were created a LONG time ago that tracks down and eliminat
Jan 02, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
This is my third Revelation Space book, after Revelation Space and Chasm City, and I *do* wish Goodreads would fix their mistake.

This is Book 2, not Book 3. Chasm City is NOT part of the series, merely set in the same universe, and can be read at any time.

This is all according to the author's website -- the author's own words. You'd think details like that would matter. Evidently not!


The book itself, like the first two, is excellent, but has some niggling problems with shallow character
Ed [Redacted]
Apr 22, 2012 Ed [Redacted] rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Safari ate my long ass review so here are some brief thoughts while I compose myself.

Reynolds is great at the ideas but not as great at characters.

I have never read a Reynolds book that I regretted reading.

In the Revelation Space series, this is far better than Revelation Space but not nearly as good as the excellent Chasm City.

I am looking forward to reading the last in this series (other than perhaps The Prefect, I'm not sure about that one),I am looking forward to it even though I know full w
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