Revelation Space

Revelation Space

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
The highly-acclaimed first novel in the Revelation Space universe

When human colonists settled the Amarantin homeworld, few of them bothered to question the disappearance of its native population almost a million years before. But in the year 2551, one man, Dan Sylveste, is convinced that solving the riddle of the Amarantin is vital to human survival. As he nears the truth, he learns that someone wants him dead. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. And if that reason is made public, the universe—and reality itself—could be forever altered. This sprawling operatic novel ranges across vast gulfs of time and space to arrive at a terrifying conclusion.

Alastair Reynolds, who holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy, has written a vivid and action-packed story that will linger in the minds of its readers.

“[A] tour de force…ravishingly inventive.” —Publishers Weekly

“Best science fiction novel of the year” —Science Fiction Chronicle

Baker & Taylor
As human colonists settle on the planet of Amarantin, a world whose native inhabitants mysteriously vanished nearly a million years before, one man, Dan Silvester, becomes convinced that their disappearance could hold the key to human survival on the planet, but he soon discovers that someone will do anything to hide the truth. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2002
Edition: Ace mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780441009428
0441009425
Branch Call Number: FIC REYNOLDS
Characteristics: 585 p. ;,18 cm

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Jacques2016
Apr 17, 2017

Too many twists to be plausible but a decent read. Characters' changes aren't believable. Interesting ideas but they only materialize late in the book. Should have been edited down to 300 pages only.

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Starpoem
Aug 14, 2016

Intricately plotted. Strong female characters. Interesting (and scary) ideas about cybernetics.

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kallithdragonna
Apr 23, 2014

The best of the best Sci Fi out there!!

JimYung Jun 17, 2013

The ideas are very interesting. The plot was complex, sometimes overwhelmingly complex. I thought the book could have used some editing at times, as events occurred which didn't add much to the story later on. The characters were paper thin and they were just names on the page, not whole realized characters.

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macido
Aug 11, 2012

My third Reynold title i have attempted. I say attempted because i did not finish chasm city as it was extremely boring compared to House of suns, being my favourite of his so far.
Revelation space took about 80 pages to finally get going and then he had me till the end.
He tells an amazing galactic adventure and unravels mysteries of wonder. His descriptions of technology and space are like candy to the imagination for the reader. I felt he could have better spread out his interesting plot hooks, there were too long periods of very dull story leaving you wishing you had answers.. yet he doesn't dissapoint in the end.
I cant help but wonder if a certain video game didn't take some of this plot and twist it :)

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