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Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds
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Aug 12, 11

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This one was a bit of a slog to get through compared to its predecessor REVELATION SPACE. The new characters are compelling, but the structure doesn't work as well. In the first book in the trilogy, several storylines happening at different times all come together when several of the characters travel close to lightspeed. In this book, everything is pretty much linear. While this makes things easier to understand, it also necessitates a huge slowdown in the storytelling. Fairly often, weeks of the characters' journey are summarized in just a couple of sentences. [Spoiler alert] The story is also compromised by a sudden reliance on a device that's been used to death - messages from the future trying to avoid a catastrophe. Sure, the device works, but we've come to expect more originality from Reynolds - he's usually challenging us at every turn. [End spoiler] This is not to say that the book doesn't have its moments. There are some extraordinary set-pieces, and the community of the Conjoiners is a brilliant creation. I'll be reading ABSOLUTION GAP, but probably not for a few months...

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