Their nemesis lies in wait . . .
Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion discs event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination.
And when I say quite, I mean, "HOLY S*** what just HAPPENED here?"
It's been a while since I sat down to read SF expecting and eventually receiving a whole AWE effect. This is wide-brained high-tech imagination at its best, building on all the major developments and changes from all his previous books, giving us such massive scope and terror that both the combined might of the Polity AND the Prador are totally freaking out.
It's the Jain, folks. Their nanotech, ...more
I usually wait until all books of a trilogy are out before I begin reading them because I am one of the most impatient people on earth when it comes to having to wait to finish stories I am really into. It's not like there aren't enough other books to read and I am pretty good about sticking to this rule. HOWEVER, the early reviews for this book are so spectacular and I've read so many other Asher novels I knew I would be able to retain the details as to what was going on with ...more
One of the main stayers of very readable science fiction in the new world order, where, readers hankering seems pitched for the obscure, political, social, economical, commit on the future.
Science fiction readers for me have begun to look less for a good or great read, and less for an adventure to enjoy and get lost in.
With non-binary, vegan, (which are ...more
I'm pretty sure Asher lives in a regular house in England and a small one in Crete. So where is the giant warehouse with the 60' x 60' wall on which he has mapped his characters and their placements and allegiances and former bodies? How Does He Keep It All Straight? How long has he been looking forward with where this is all going?
This is 3-D chess with no pawns; all ...more
This book remains constantly complex, and has shifting points of view like most of Asher's Polity novels. The central characters though are all connected to ...more
This 2nd book in the Rise of the Jain series was amazing! If you are looking for a story that is gripping, thoughtful, evocative, entertaining and HARD HARD HARD scifi, then this series is for YOU!
Unlike the first book, this 2nd one takes place entirely in one location in the galaxy. And there is ...more
Mr. Asher knows how to scale up threats in his novels without them become cartoonish or otherwise silly. In the early Polity novels we were looking at single protagonists or limited outbreaks of Jain corruption. In this series we're way more out there than that. The first book, the Warrior, concerned a single Jain warrior causing strife amongst the other sinister characters. In this one, well, just look at the title. This book also ...more
This is the point at which magic becomes indistinguishable from technology.
And you just *thought* his past book, The Soldier, was incredible! Here the author turns the page from the end of that book, and into this one. No quarter is asked for nor drawn, sink or swim, you better bring your "A Game" because Neal Asher certainly does!
How ironic that so many of the most loved/hated characters are decidedly not human! But also, ...more
Asher falls into many of the same tropes that have worked for him in the past, tropes which are now familiar and stifle the story and characters. Things which were fresh, new and exciting are now tired, old and mundane.
Things such as: Several powerful entities knowing most, if not all, of what is going on.
Humans are squishy and stupid.
A plan initiated by someone/something which baffles everyone, but the solution is simple.
This novel was filled with action, suspense, betrayals and new alliances. The plot was intense with tons of battles and fights. There wasnt as high of a death count as some of his ...more
This second book in the Rise of the Jain trilogy starts where the previous one ended, and adds more background and lore to the Polity Universe and one of its most infamous Elder Races, the Jain. We've only seen the Jain so far thru the lenses of the technology they left around which is basically a world-devourer trap. Now, we get to understand a bit better why that technology got there.
Of course, there's plenty of technology thrown around, total callous disregard for anything ...more
It's all there - multilayered plot, dense technology, deep characters, very little filler, a bouncing pace.
Which is why I am struggling to understand why I was left feeling ... disappointed. I suppose I expected more in terms of the development of the story, something that Asher is a ...more
This has layers of complexity, intergalactic politics, interpersonal relationships having far reaching consequences.
Asher cleverly uses "reference" extracts at the beginning of each chapter to explain the science behind the fundamental plot points; how warships travel FTL, communications, weapons, AI/human combination and others. This avoids the often ...more
For some reason, this didn't hold my attention as well as all the previous books. Maybe because the plot structure was becoming too predictable? And as an entity, the Client's form was a little hard to believe. How could anything like that ever evolve and survive? Possibly what irks me is that the story is still unfinished and so there are still lots of unanswered ...more
I enjoyed this one, like I have all of the Polity universe novels. My favorite parts are still there - interesting technology, strange alien life, action. That said, having been away from Asher for a while, the writing wasn't as poetic as others I've tried recently (Iain Banks) and the characters not as deep (Murderbot). I'll still be back for more in this trilogy and from this author, but seeking those other things ...more
The occasional space battle is fine, but I keep hoping for more weirdness like the Weaver and Penny Royal. Even checking in on the Csorians might be interesting.
Packed with hard tech weaponry and more twists and turns than ever. Happy endings come with a price as you would expect in the real world. Heroes are not perfect, villains are not just evil...or are they? The only thing more I could ask for is the return of Penny Royale in book 3 to complete the madness & genius of this series.
I enjoyed it more than the Soldier, and I hail the Author's return to hardcore SF without the splatter/horror element prevalent in the Transformation trilogy.
Eagerly awaiting the last part of the set.
Ive not found a Neal Asher book I didnt like and this one is no different. His writing has always been evocative but the man just keeps improving with age. This continuation of the Jain story will keep you awake for hours. Loved it! More please! ...more