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Poseidon's Wake

(Poseidon's Children #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,514 ratings  ·  207 reviews
This novel is a stand-alone story which takes two extraordinary characters and follows them as they, independently, begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe.

Their missions are dangerous, and they are all venturing into the unknown ... and if they can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel then new worlds will be at our fingertips.
Hardcover, 598 pages
Published April 30th 2015 by Gollancz
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MadProfessah Each of the three books in the series can TECHNICALLY be read on its own, but I am confident that they will be enjoyed to fuller effect if you have…moreEach of the three books in the series can TECHNICALLY be read on its own, but I am confident that they will be enjoyed to fuller effect if you have read them in order. Also, in some sense I think most people agree that Book 1 and Book 2 are probably better than Book 3 (although some people like Book 2 more than Book 1) so that is another reason to start with BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH and then read ON THE STEEL BREEZE.(less)
Donald Yes, the UK manages to cope with it's scifi even without spaceships and planets on the cover ;)

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Bradley
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reynolds continues to amaze. I remembered Blue Remembered Earth very fondly and this third book, taking place several hundred years after the events taking place there, captures more than just the spirit, but gives us one hell of an adventure among the stars.

Best points?

The Watchmakers, a race of sublime intelligences that went too far and are no longer fully conscious. :)
The uplifted elephants. :)

The sheer scope of the adventure, discovery, horror, and amazing courage. :)

This is Reynolds. Ne
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Tudor Ciocarlie
Not as good as the Revelation Series, but I've loved the way Alastair Reynolds imagined the birth of a galactic civilization. This trilogy brought me great joy, food for thought and optimism for the future of humanity.
Chris
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Alastair Reynolds is known as an author with big ideas. From human modification, to techno-plagues, mega-crises to mega-structures, his writing has always contained big ideas. To get it out of the way, this book is no exception.

The narrative explores the journey of several scions of the Akinya family, who figured heavily in the previous two books in the same universe. Reynolds has done something clever here – setting each novel with protagon
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Liviu
Mar 04, 2015 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
very disappointing trilogy overall; good first book, mediocre second, fairly unreadable third (read first 50 or so pages, last 25 or so and in between and nothing hooked me, not to speak of being connected tightly with the earlier books despite the original plan of taking place at large intervals which didn't help at all as once book 2 disappointed me, almost guaranteed this one would go on the "tried but didn't care about" list, though I really, really wanted to like it - also the ending read v ...more
Claudia
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The epic saga of Akinya family reached the end. Not a definite ending, from my point of view; it could easily have more adventures written from this point. But it definitely has a closure.

There were moments when I thought that I will not give it five stars because of too many conversations between the characters and I rather prefer world building and introspection. But I just can’t not give it the maximum rating: Al R created a marvelous universe, full of hopes even if verging on futility.

Betwee
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Jesse
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Alastair Reynolds is one of my favorite sci-fi authors, but his quality is uneven. House of suns is one of the best sci-fi books ever, terminal worlds is very mediocre. The first two revelation space books were great, the last one not very. In keeping with this tradition, the quality of the Poseidon's Children books were trending upward, but the final book ends up being much closer in quality to terminal worlds. There are a variety of reasons for this. The constant paean to elephants is simply t ...more
Chris
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
"I will make dung, then you will assist me with the suit and the airlock"

I should start by saying that I am a huge Alastair Reynolds fan. The Revelation Space books are some of the most haunting, well written and engaging stories I've ever read. Literally years later, I still vividly recall many scenes from them. My appreciation of his novels and short stories has only grown with each new reading (including the non Revelations space books as well!) That is, up until this series and this book in
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Kate
Outstanding. Everything I want from science fiction and more. Including elephants! Loved every single page.

Glenn Mcconnochie
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have really tried with this trilogy but enough is enough, I can't do it anymore. The first book was quite good, the second was terrible and the third makes me want to curl up in a ball and die.
Rushi
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, science-fiction
Poseidon's Wake is the third volume in the Poseidon's Children series by Alastair Reynolds. The events of this book are set a few centuries in the future from the second book - On The Steel Breeze. The main protagonists are still part of the Akinya clan. We find Mpozi, Goma and Ndege on Crucible and Kanu in the Solar System.

The book explores the results of the arrival of the Watchkeepers and the aftermath of the Mandala event at the conclusion of "Steel Breeze".

Let me be honest - I found the bo
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Flow In
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Julie
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read, reviewed
What I expected:

I have already read the first two stories in the series and really enjoyed them, I have been eagerly awaiting the third.  When I originally requested the e-ARC copy I hadn't realised that this was the third book, so I was really looking forward to reading this.

I expected it to continue in the advanced future, tracking the legacy of the Akinya family, left by Eunice, and including the development of Geoffrey's beloved elephants. The previous two books were not strictly linked in t
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Krispijn
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's hit ("House Of Suns", "Diamond Dogs") and miss ("Century Rain") with Mr. Reynolds and unfortunately "Poseidon's Wake" may be his worst novel yet. If I were to summarize this book in one word, it would be "unnecessary".

As Reynolds is one of my favorite authors, I feel obligated to explain my 1-star rating. But where do I even start? There is so much wrong with this book. Let's start with the ideas pitched in this book.

Let me address the literal elephant in the room first. Uplifted elephants
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Johan Haneveld
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars. The half star for the ambition itself. I thought this book lacked a bit of the focus on characters from the first two books. Maybe this is because it spans less time (or more, but it is spent in hybernation mostly), focussing instead on exploration. The conflicts are not political as in the earlier books, but more philosophical/abstract. Some conflict was forced, almost as if the author was searching for interpersonal problems to add some spice to the story. That being said: this book ...more
Johannes Punkt
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Man, what an anticlimax. I was looking up synonyms for "anticlimax" because the word didn't contain all the nuances I wanted and I stumbled over "bathos" under 'related words', and well, bathos is also an appropriate word to use when talking about this book. It's like the lack of awards and overwhelmingly positive hard-sci-fi reader responses fizzled out Reynolds' enthusiasm for this series and left all the characters flat and bathic, the emotional scenes mostly off-key. Though they hit a few no ...more
Peter
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Compared with the earlier installments in this series this one felt a bit limited.

In the earlier books the focus on the Akinya's and their elephants made more sense, here it felt too forced.

Still good, but not my favorite books by Reynold.
Rusty
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I’ve got this tendency to read books, have real thoughts about them, then forget what fleeting thoughts I had about them by the time I sit down to write them out. Funny, part of me writing reviews at all is a response to me reading books, then seeing them a year or two later and not being able to remember anything about it at all. When goodreads came along I thought it would be a perfect repository for my precious thoughts about a given book.

I’d be able to go over previous plot summaries, t
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reherrma
4.7|?Begonnen am "Deadline Day"!|
Ein Problem bei Reynolds scheint zu sein, dass seine Bücher zu umfangreich sind, bei dieser Serie "Poseidons Kinder" und besonders beim vorliegenden 3. Teil der Trilogie, der fast 1000 Seiten umfasst, muß ich persönlich allerdings sagen, dass jede Seite den Hauch grandioser SF atmet und ich deshalb keine Seite für überflüssig erachte. Ich liebe die SF von Reynolds, weil er eine erhabene Geschichte über große Zeiträume schreiben kann und die Charaktere lebendig we
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Gerhard
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites
Emphatically the concluding volume of a trilogy, this is the sort of geeky, cliquey SF book that will remain endlessly puzzling to non-genre fans: a lot of ‘talking head’ digressions about some rather arcane philosophical points such as vacuum fluctuations and deep time, wedded to a seemingly unhealthy obsession with scientific matters and alien creatures and objects. Not to mention such absurdities as elephants in spacesuits.

When I first read Blue Remembered Earth a few years ago, I wondered wh
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Eastendleo
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was an exhausting read.

600 pages of stuff happening. It seemed like every page had new stuff happening. Over and over again without respite.

It might have been tolerable if any of the characters were engaging or attractive, but no such luck. They talk, they think, they act, they interact. But I at no time cared. Some die, but not soon enough. They profess emotions like ideas. "Hey, this thing came into my head. I'll now share it."

And there is no pay off. Nada. The ending is just more stuff
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Jill Carroll
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed this trilogy, which I tend to think of as The Eunice Akinya Trilogy. Right up there with C.J. Cherryh's Unionside Trilogy. Almost as good as Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy, or his Climate Change Trilogy (Science in the Capitol). Better than Dune (which faded so much from book to book), or Foundation (which had great ideas but lacked characterization). It is the first Reynolds I've read, but I think I'm about to embark on some serious binge reading. Pushing Ice is now calling ...more
Konstantinos Georgokitsos
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Space opera still is Reynolds' strength, and he delivers the wonders of the universe as expertly as ever. In fact he is putting the personal, human stories before the galactic events, and keeps us firmly grounded on the human condition. And a bit of our humanity can come a long way, even if faced with incomprehensibly advanced aliens.
I would wish, though, that his books were a bit more concise, as the story was hanging a bit at places. Sheer page count in SF books is so 90's.
Esteban LV
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's OK I guess.

I've realized Reynolds can't write characters. His' don't develop, they're mono-dimensional beings that stay on a dialogue loop with few variations, and sometimes they even get dumped unceremoniously and you forget all about them because their irrelevancy to the story.

This is infuriating.

Ru's a bitch that can't get on with the program and just trows jabs at Eunice. Ana Khouri did it so much better with Volyova, but she's cut from the same fabric. And the problem is not her being
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Nicolas
Ce roman conclut la trilogie de je-sais-pas-quoi avec une oeuvre étrange, au curieux goût d'inachevé.
Laissez-moi vous raconter ...
Dans ce troisième tome, on suit les aventures parallèles (mais qui se rejoignent évidement) de Goma et Kanu Akinya, des descendants des personnages des tomes précédents. Ceux-ci se retrouvent, à l'appel de leur ancêtre, dans un système spatial inconnu où il semble qu'une espèce extra-terrestre ait laissé sur une planète désormais abandonné des artefacts révélant comme
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DiscoSpacePanther
The three Poseidon's Children novels by Alastair Reynolds feel like a blend of the best of Arthur C. Clarke's long-dead alien encounter stories and Kim Stanley Robinson's hard SF concepts and characters, with a little bit of Larry Niven's Ringworld thrown in for good measure.

Everything about these books reminds me of these big, century-spanning epics, and this final part, with its cast of scientists, mermen, AIs and hyper-intelligent elephants really hits the sweet spot between adventurous and t
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Heather Ryan
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely wonderful way to wrap up the trilogy. Sincerely looking forward to reading more from Alastair Reynolds.
Luke Burrage
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #328.
Terence
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This is - probably - the final book in the Poseidon's Children series, though the are plenty of unanswered questions to justify a sequel or two.

Overall, the trilogy is one of Reynolds' better efforts in recent years, though this particular novel was overlong (I skimmed the last 100 pages or so) and his efforts to make the characters interesting were hit-and-miss. I don't know whether the author and his readers might have been better served if he had focused on the Watchkeeper/Mandala-Builder plo
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Kate
I really enjoyed reading this trilogy. There have been a few commenters saying that this trilogy is not as good as Reynolds' other stuff, and that this book in particular is not as good as the other two in the trilogy, and I don't disagree - maybe it's not as strange or thought-provoking or new, but I don't feel that Reynolds is a man who can have a bad idea and there was so much that was great in these books that I just couldn't put them down. All three were books that made me look forward to m ...more
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