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Revenger

(Revenger #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,381 ratings  ·  733 reviews
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.
And there are vast fortunes to be mad, if you know where to find them...

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden aw
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Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Orbit (first published September 15th 2016)
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☽Luna☾
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with my lovely friends at BB&B.

DNF @ 20%

Okay so I have received a fair bit of abuse over a DNF review, so I've obviously offended some sci-fi super fan & tbh I truly don't care, however I feel I must clarify my DNF. Especially for my pal Von in the comments who was obviously left feeling very offended after my Fuckery. Oops.. Sorry but not sorry
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WHY DID I DNF THIS BOOK??

Let me honest here Folks, it's because it was utter shit.. Okay super nerds don't get your back up its only
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Bradley
Aside from some very amusing and possibly very *accurate* rants about this book, namely that the dialogue is sometimes *crappy*, the sciencey-bits are rather *weak*, and the fact that the made up words are pretty damn *generic*, most of the tale is *still* better than sooooooo much of the adventure space-opera out there.

Is it YA? Good question. Probably. But it's middle teens at the very worst. Expect pretty cool violence throughout, a single-minded protagonist girl, and a basic premise where th
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Choko
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya
*** 2.65 ***

A Buddy Read with my fellow Sci-Fi enthusiasts at BB&B! We just wanted some Science Fiction!!!



.... But we didn't realy get what we were expecting... Alastair Reynolds is known for his Science Fiction/ Space Opera stuff, which is usually very good on world building and mostly action driven. Imagine my surprise when I started reading and the two main protagonist were two teenage sisters, who find out they have some obscure talent to read "bones" and can be hired on spaceships in or
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Philip
1.5ish stars.

This book is one giant identity crisis. It's totally marketed as an adult sci-fi thriller. The blurb teases space pirates. Look at that cool black cover with the bold lettering and the title... Revenger. Sounds siiiick. Start reading and oh wait... this reads like a kid's book... with lots of mutilation... that's 400 pages long. It took me a while to get my bearings and decide whether I was actually enjoying it or not. As it turns out, nope.

I almost get the impression that Reynolds
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Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook)
From the Guardian:

As banks struggle and businesses collapse, the science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds is making his own contribution to the flagging UK economy, signing an unprecedented 10-book deal with Gollancz worth £1m.
Reynolds, who has published eight novels with the Orion imprint Gollancz since his 2000 debut, Revelation Space, said he was "amazed and thrilled" to commit himself to the same publisher for the next decade. "It gives me a huge amount of security for the next 10
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Gavin
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I picked up Revenger forewarned with the knowledge that this book was Alastair Reynolds first foray into the YA market. I must admit I had high hopes for Revenger. I was hoping we would get a book packed with the great world building and interesting plots of Reynolds regular hard sci-fi books but with the added bonus of the story having a more character driven focus. Unfortunately that never quite materialized. What we actually got was Reynolds trying, and failing, at character driven sci-fi whi ...more
Emma
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok so this is YA. Who knew? Wait, what? Everyone but me.... Oh ok.

First, a compliment (kinda).
What a great set of covers this series has
(whoever designed those outperformed the author on this one).

Second, the rest.

The essential problem is that Reynolds seems to be trying to force his writing into a stereotypical version of YA rather than playing to his strengths in world building and innovation. All he did was dumb down and it shows.

So you've got these two young sisters who have a decent enou
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Lee
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up-on
Oh gods! What have you done Mr Reynolds?

Let me start off by saying that I am a Reynolds fan. I have read a lot of his books and rate him as one of the best hard scifi writers out there. Whilst his characters can be found wanting at times, his huge stories and world building skills are excellent and you are never short of having your head turned inside out with technical details.

Then came this book. My theory was, that he wrote this when he was a teenager and it never go published, so now he is
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Liviu
Revenger was definitely entertaining and un-puttable down till the end though it clearly read to me as the start of a series not a standalone;

a few observations that came to mind when reading it - reminded most of C. Mieville's Railsea than anything from A. Reynolds, strong YA vibe, though violent but otherwise lots of stuff YA style (especially the part in the middle back on Mazarile which was weakest of the novel imho as it read straight out YA parental struggle drama), narrator makes or break
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Joanne Harris
My new editor understands my needs, and was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book. And folks, it's a cracker. Basically, it's TREASURE ISLAND meets MOBY DICK, set in space, with a nice BLADE RUNNER-ish colour palette and a cast of characters worthy of a Terry Gilliam movie. I loved it. I don't give out stars, but coves, there are baubles aplenty in this, as well as blood, tears, a damn fine swashbuckling female villain and many lungstuff-sapping moments. I'm hoping there's a sequel. If not, ...more
Justine
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
People seem to be very divided on this book. I will say at the outset that this is the first thing I have read by Reynolds, and I'm also a fan of YA Sci-Fi, which means I was pretty well placed to enjoy the story.

This is a typical coming of age story, with a main character, Fura, whose experiences remake her into a very different person than she imagined herself to be. It very much follows the idea of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The core of the story is really one of transformation
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/03/12/...

Revenger was my first book by Alastair Reynolds, which makes admitting that it did not work for me all that much harder. Still, in all fairness, I had been warned by several others beforehand that this does not feel representative of much of his work (as apparently the target audience is YA). Instead of choosing something else as my introduction to the author though, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it anyway
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Kaitlin
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I was sent this book for review from the publisher *

This is such a fun storyline! I have to say I was a little hesitant to dive into this becuase, although I had heard good things, I don't like super high-tech science books and I didn't want this to turn out to be like that. It's not! This is actually one of the most interesting and fun SF books I have ever read and it had a fabulous mix of superb characters, space pirating and action. The plot was fast-paced, but easy to settle into, and it w
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Claudia
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a fan of YA, generally because, in most of them, the action does not fit the characters’ age. The story of Fura Ness here is not far from that; had she been around her 30s, I think it would have made the story and her actions much more reliable.

However, as always, the universe in which Al Reynolds unfolds his tale is a marvel to me and so I chose to focus on that instead. We have a Congregation build of around 50 million worlds, in the 13th Occupation (the 12th was around ~600,000 years
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Sh3lly
Oct 17, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: added-2016-tbr

Buddy read with the Buddies Books and Baubles group starting December 15, 2016.
Gary
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reynolds tale of two young sisters who stow away on a starship to escape the dreary future their father has planned for them starts off well enough, but starts getting predictable halfway through. There's a sort of "Daniel Defoe in space" vibe to it that is more admirable in the attempt than the execution.
As usual, Reynolds follows Clarke's third law in his depiction of future and/or alien tech - that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - so the worldbuilding i
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Basia
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a trip!

So I'm not sure how many of you went to see The Usual Suspects in the theater a bunch of years ago. I remember when the film ended, and the lights came on again in the movie theater, my first and only thought was, Oh, I need to circle around back into this room to see this movie again, and do so immediately!
And this was my feeling when I realized I was reading this book's final page. Holy s$#@, people! Ok, I confess, although Alastair Reynolds has been a favorite author of mine f
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Jason
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds can almost do no wrong with me. I love his writing style, his pacing, and of course his genre, science fiction. This book is something that none of his other books are, including The Blue Remembered Earth series, it is accessible to all, including the young adult crowd. That does not mean that Revenger is written down to them, or watered down. It just means that it is easily digested.

Comparisons to Mieville's Railsea, and the Shipbreaker series by Paolo Baci
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William
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This new book by Reynolds is set in a cargo-cult, semi-steampunk kind of universe, at times familiar. At first, I found the book to be a bit too-familiar in nature, but by chapter 3 the world- and character-building were good, and the plot mysteries were intriguing.

As always, Reynolds' imagination is amazing, and the number of minor and major clever elements were terrific. Pacing is good, without being overwritten, and the penultimate chapters and action sequences were fun.

The final chapter was
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Tudor Ciocarlie
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-my-best-of
Reynolds is always good, but this novel that begins like a YA and morphs into a terrible dark story about innocence and corruption, is clearly his best since House of Suns. And is short and tightly written for a space-opera, another important quality in my opinion. Great, great book!
Manuel Antão
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.you can read the full review.

Steampunk Riff SF: "Revenger" by Alastair Reynolds


I've literally just finished the book and put it down, and I'm still reeling. Two sisters go on a space quest; get separated in an atrocious event; and then one of them seeks the other as well as revenge for the said appalling event. Sound familiar? I'm just out of the latest Reynolds after the wonderful short story collection, and this latest installment co
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Paul
Revenger does not play up to the strengths that Alastair Reynolds has as an author. When I first heard about this book I was excited because Reynolds was going to try something new, a first-person story with a tight focus. I realized through reading Revenger, that Reynolds has always been a big picture guy, and that is what I love about his books, an expansive and detailed universe with nuances that blow your mind. In Revenger, he is shackled by the perspective of one character, and it just didn ...more
Rinn
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

When I was first sent a copy of Revenger for review, my immediate thought was of the excellent but criminally short-lived TV show Firefly. However I seem to draw this comparison now for all books revolving around a spaceship crew. I love stories of life on a spaceship, from Firefly to my favourite video game Mass Effect.

Unlike many of the previous tales I’ve read, watc
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Mark
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following on from Alastair’s recent collaboration with Stephen Baxter, here’s a stand-alone solo effort that is also worthy of your attention.

From the publisher: The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . .

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, e
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Rowena Hoseason
This futuristic romp was badly marketed to me, a mature adult with a taste for hard-science speculative fiction. I found it listed as straight sci-fi but Revenger slots neatly into the YA ‘coming of age’ genre.

It pushes back no boundaries and instead sticks to safe territory. Sailing-ship privateers seek galactic treasure and over-indulged adolescents rebel against parental authority to join a scavenger crew. Gruff coves become loyal shipmates, the teenage protagonist is aided by a friendly rob
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
5 Fantastic Stars for Revenger...

Revenger is one of those books that you just know from the very start that it's going to keep you locked to its pages until the very end. I won't go into a summary because I think the synopsis sums up the basis of the story very well and anything I can think to add will just spoil it. I will say though that it exceeded even my highest expectations. The world building and the character development was absolutely phenomenal! By the time the story was ending I was h
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Express foreword: I haven't read this book. You wouldn't know it from the length of this non-review.


This review is dedicated to Choko, Luna, Lee and Gavin, my Should-Have-Been Reading Buddies for this Should-Have-Been Buddy Read (SHBRBfrSHBBR™). If this slightly awesome team hadn't taken one for me here, I'd probably be severely traumatized by now. Or dead. Yeah, make that dead.


It's pre-emptive DNFing time again! Woo hoo!

Okay, I was really really really going to read this one. Cross my heart, ho
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Roy
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Space Pirates!! Nothing more to say :)
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
Allow me to take up a minority position on a sci-fi book you've probably not read.

Revenger is the latest yarn from noted British author Alistair Reynolds. It reads as an ungodly fusion of the best bits of Firefly, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Aeronaut's Windlass. Or, rather, it reads like the best bits, but thrown together into a blender full of drywall and beige paint, mixed at setting 11, then served beside a glass of milk and a Woolworths rocket salad.

Which is to say, in flowery terminolo
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Robert
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Reynolds reverts to form in many respects with this tale of the distant future where humans plunder dangerous abandoned facilities for forgotten technologies and artefacts using solar wind powered spacecraft.

Gothic horror, morally questionable characters and body modification all make a come-back. Mysteries galore never went away, of course; most of them are explained and the inevitable revelation of deeper ones at the end is all present and correct. The story itself becomes gripping much faster
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