Absolution Gap

Alastair Reynolds
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Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds


…At some points the story dragged a little. At well over six hundred pages in Gollancz's extra wide format this book takes a while to finish. I think it could have been a bit tighter written, especially in the Rashmika's sections where Reynolds pays a lot of attention to the geological features of Hela and the technical challenges of living is such an environment. In a way it reminded me of some passages in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. In those books the struggle between those who want to keep Mars pristine and those who want to terraform is a major plot element. In Absolution Gap we could have done with a little less.

That being said, Absolution Gap is a very satisfying conclusion to the the story that began with Revelation Space. Where the first book in the series shows Reynolds' inexperience at some points, by the time he hits Absolution Gap he is writing space opera at its best. Reynolds creates a great story on the largest canvas possibly. If you like this kind of story, Reynolds is a must read. I'm very sure I will end up reading more of Reynolds' stuff in the not too distant future.

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