Just finished reading “Redemption ARK” by Alastair Reynolds. An excellent highly recommended Sci-Fi novel. It keeps the reader glued to the pages all throughout with it’s fast paced events and sudden changes in action. I spent several late nights essentially gobbling up the book never being bored by a single paragraph.
One of the best things about this novel is that it’s author is also a scientist by profession. This means that all the explanations about cosmic happenings and advanced technology are grounded on actual theoretical basis. The explanations were lucid and highly interesting though can be a little tricky to grasp for a layman.
Having said all this, there are a couple of things that I’d like to complain of. One, the so called hell-class doomsday weapons forming a primary thread of the storyline. The author’s description of the weapons in action lacks depth and detail. They seem to be less of doomsday stuff even compared to a nuclear warhead of today. Their action against the inhibitor machinery are not described much leaving the reader to wonder what is happening, how much damage etc. The conclusion to the novel also is a little of a let-down after the fantastic and furious journey till just before the end. It is a kind of an anti-climax leaving the reader not fully satisfied at the end. These shortcomings are but small kinks on an otherwise spotless surface. I highly recommend SF addicts to get their paws on this novel.