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Redemption Ark

(Revelation Space #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  21,565 ratings  ·  592 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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Brian Parker I am halfway through, and a couple of characters from Revelation Space and Chasm City have made appearances. There is also a good amount of Conjoiner…moreI am halfway through, and a couple of characters from Revelation Space and Chasm City have made appearances. There is also a good amount of Conjoiner background as well. (less)
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
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-modern
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
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Gabriel
Jan 16, 2009 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
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Terry
Jan 10, 2012 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
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Apatt
Jul 19, 2013 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
Stuart
Redemption Ark: Promising ideas ruined by excessive page-count
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Redemption Ark (2002) is the follow-up to Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds’ debut novel and the second book in his REVELATION SPACE series of hard SF space opera in which highly-augmented human factions encounter implacable killer machines bent on exterminating sentient life. The first entry had elements of Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Od
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David Sven
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
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
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David
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I usually judge science fiction novels by the new ideas, technologies and concepts that are depicted. But this story just has too many. It felt to me that just about "anything goes". People are capable of just about anything, so there seem to be no limits.

In this story, people's memories can be erased, or transferred to an inanimate object. "True death" occurs when someone dies without their minds being transferred into storage. Weapons are conscious, and sometimes require reasoning with, before
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Chris Berko
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a hugely satisfying read for me. Every thread was brought to it's logical conclusion and there were just enough new nuggets dropped to make me want to read the next one. I don't know if I like this or Chasm City more, I like them both for different reasons, but one thing that is cool about this series is that I'm three books in and while there is a overall larger story being told each one is totally self-contained. For the last week this has been the kind of book that talks to me while ...more
Cecily
Aug 08, 2011 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 (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...).

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
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Claudia
Oct 07, 2015 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?) :)

Lee
Jun 07, 2013 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
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Jason
Mar 31, 2010 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
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The characters felt so much better in this one than in Revelation Space. That should lend the story more urgency (since the characters are trying to avert disaster, because they obviously care about people and humanity...), but gosh this is long. I love the plot, I love the tech, I love all the things about the worldbuilding, but I had to take a star off for how bloated this began to feel. At 80% I was still waiting for that convergence of all the plotlines that happened about 50% through Revela ...more
Adam
Aug 27, 2007 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
Lightreads
Dec 29, 2008 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 –
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Ian
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
Scott Rhee
Jul 23, 2012 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
Steve
Dec 17, 2013 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
Kerry
Dec 16, 2012 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
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Jurgen_i
Jan 06, 2012 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
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Sarah
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars because I enjoyed it but I had no freaking idea what the hell was going on throughout. The characters don't have much to distinguish them from each other and there were multiple groups of two women and a man working together. I couldn't keep anything straight. But at the same time, I really did enjoy the parts that I understood.
Kostas
8.5/10

In the second book of the Revelation Space series Reynolds continues to build his world even more, and with his writing becoming better and better as he brings us in an incredible adventure that could change humanity and the whole universe for ever.

The war between the human factions in the recent years has grown and the Demarchists are now in a very critical point as the Conjoiners prepare for their final strike. But all that will change when Skade, a high-level Conjoiner, discovers that t
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Robert
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Mike
Dec 29, 2009 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
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Alexandra
Mar 14, 2011 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
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Peter
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
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Mar 15, 2011 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
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Elaine
My interest in this one fizzled somewhere between the halfway and 2/3 point because Reynolds did the literary equivalent of loving to hear himself talk. I still liked this book, but not nearly as much as I did Revelation Space. This page-bloated story just got lost in all the deep science - which is really saying something, considering the series! If I never hear about inertial suppression again, I will count myself lucky.

And I may never forgive Alastair Reynolds for (view spoiler)
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Kevin Kelsey
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: _library, read-2016
Fun story, but remarkably little happened and some of the character motivations seemed a little iffy. It was a little too focused on the large astronomical events and theoretical physics than character and story.
Brent Delbridge
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I love this series. However, If the Revelation Space Universe wasn't so intriguing, the moralizing of main characters such Clavain would have been more annoying.
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