Absolution Gap (spoilers!) Warning: this page has many spoilers for Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap Alastair Reynolds Victor Gollancz UK Hardcover First ISBN Publication Date: Pages; £ Date Reviewed. Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels.

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The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence – and they’ve targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn to Clavain and his companions that to beat the enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse Mass Market Paperbackpages.

Published May 31st by Ace Books first published November 27th Nevil ClavainAna KhouriScorpio.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Absolution Gapplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [It all comes down to a morality test – does the human race alastar to work with evil to destroy evil or do they show a little dignity by not walking down that road. But they didn’t pass the morality test based on morality, it was elementary, dear Watson.

They deduced the fate of those who tried to work with the shadow people and went with door B. So, the point is – you can be an awful person, just be smart too? See 1 question about Absolution Gap….

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Oct 07, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Reynolds compl imagine a gigantic gothic spacecraft, a Lovecraft in space, a horrifying monster of a ship captained by a man who is the ship itself. Reynolds completes his Revelation Space series in a rousing, bang-filled fashion. Rashmika and Vasko are two forthright and positively portrayed POV characters; my guess is that the experience of writing about people who aren’t assholes or sociopaths must have felt to Reynolds like having his teeth slowly pulled out.

Rashmika turns out to be completely compelling, but unfortunately the twist that makes her interesting doesn’t happen until the last pages of the novel. Vasko would be the protagonist of any other standard space opera, but Reynolds completely loses interest in him about two-thirds of the way through, and his POV just vanishes – even though he is still a central character and audience stand-in!

Reynolds loves his darkety dark dark darkness and a lot of that comes alastalr in various displays of unnecessary sadism and bad attitudes and weirdly used adjectives. Reynolds is not a fan of organized religion. I love all of his aliens and weapons and weird human factions I have such a good time just thinking about all of reyonlds fun, strange ideas he crams into alasrair books. View all 13 comments. May 24, Tim Hicks rated it it was ok Shelves: This last book alone adds pages to the series.


It continues the brilliant weaving of complex and advanced ideas, but even early in the book I started thinking, “This is getting a little silly now”. What a load of rejnolds The ending is so bad that it bursts the suspension of disbelief that carried us so far. It makes us look absolutiom and see how flimsy some of the plotlines What a disappointment!

It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines were, alaatair implausible some of the characters and reybolds. Key characters and storylines are just dropped or killed off in a sentence. So much work, so much complexity, wasted.

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A great example of “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Nov 04, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: A Space Odyssey, Iain M. Hardly anything interesting happens, and when it does, it never gets proper treatment. The series is like a drawn-out strip-tease that lures you in with implacable aliens, gothic spaceships, nano plagues and obsessive post-humans, but turns into a series of pointless intrigues among different human factions while the implacable alien machines inexorably close in for the kill.

Absolution Gap (spoilers!)

By the end I was rooting for them to win. Absolution Gap is set among several overlapping time periods and locales. One storyline takes up after the end of Redemption Ark, on the water planet of Ararat, where Clavain and the human-pig hybrid Scorpio landed with the Nostalgia for Infinity to escape the encroaching Inhibitors.

When a space pod arrives, carrying Ana Khouri, their quiet life of exile is forever. This is soon followed by the discovery of Skade, a Conjoiner from the previous books, who has done something extraordinarily cruel in order to secure a living link to alien technology from the Hades Matrix computer from Revelation Space.

In a separate narrative, we are introduced to Rashmika Els, a year-old girl who lives on the planet Hela, which is dominated by a strange theocracy of Adventists whose main belief is that they must continually observe a star called Haldora.

In fact, despite learning what Haldora really is and how it holds the key to a danger even greater than the Inhibitors as well as a possible salvation for humanity, I just wish the entire storyline was removed from Absolution Gap.

Instead, without straying too far into spoiler territory, let me just say that despite all those pages to work with, the story basically refused to satisfy any of the following questions: If humanity can create such weapons, why only 40? And what about other measures?

Its role is surprisingly minor. We alastari who absolutlon were in Revelation Space, and that was it. Instead, he reveals an entirely new player that has been quietly lurking in the shadows and keeping tabs on humans. And for good measure, with just an epilogue left, we learn of yet another implacable threat to the galaxy! Good grief, talk about badly-timed revelations.

Each author and reader establish a unique relationship, and this one has not been positive so far. However, despite all that, I still plan to read Chasm City, The Prefect, and Alastai of Suns, because you never know, we might still hit it off eventually. I make sure not to blame the content on the narrator. View all 10 comments. Please don’t start with this book as it’s number three sort of in the series, and the book IMHO is perhaps not the best way to introduce yourself to Mr.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a mostly unaugmented human to make love to a cyborg who was more machinery than biology? Of course you have! For GRRM fans it’s easy. Just think Joffrey plus Iron Throne. Or perhaps you’ve wondered what it would eeynolds like to never blink or even close your eyes in sleep so you could watch reruns of your favourite cable shows non stop. How would you achieve such a state?

Well one of the Reynolda in this book goes there. Lets just say i Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a mostly unaugmented human to make love to a cyborg who was more machinery than biology?

Lets just say it involves some nasty looking clamps and hooks. And instead of watching cable he’s watching the planet he’s absklution and he just doesn’t want to miss the split half second when it briefly vanishes alastaor existence.

He’s gotta be crazy right? He is infected with an indoctrination virus after all. And you know what the biggest issue Masochists have to contend with?

Their bodies can only take so much abuse before being irreparably damaged. Not a problem for one particular Ultra in this book. Just clone replacement body parts and you can knock yourself out. Or maybe if you’re a bit lonely grow a full body. Sure, it may not be sentient but all the bits are still in the right place. The moral of the story is that there are some freaking weird out there out of their mind spacers in this book.

And why not if your an anarchistic Ultra where your ship is your kingdom and you are queen of the world! There are two main story arcs in this instalment of the Revelation Space series. One of those picks up where Redemption Ark left off some twenty odd years later. The ship Nostaligia for Infinity, the redemption ark, has found rest on its Ararat – the Pattern Juggler world where the alasatir from Resurgum are hiding out from The Inhibitors.

The ship has been asleep for twenty years, but now the Captain is waking up – and he’s gxp creepy and cool as ever. With Clavain in self imposed exile for most of that twenty years it has fallen to the hyperpig Scorpio to run things while waiting for the arrival of Remontoire and the Zodiacal Light. Scorpio, who doesn’t like humans much, has ironically found himself in the position of having to be a statesman in charge of the welfare of a human colony.

That means taking control of a temper that is continually simmering beneath the surface, threatening to overflow into brutal violence, and instead practice diplomacy and good grace.

But a pig is still rreynolds pig, and a pig can only be pushed so far before he starts taking things personally. There will be violence – oh yes there will. The other story arc, told in parallel, takes place in a totally different system and some fifty years in the future on Hela, a moon orbiting a gas giant.

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