Review: Revenger

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

It has been sometime since I’ve been both surprised and sucked into a space opera. I was surprised because I felt this tale starts rather slowly, but builds momentum rapidly. I wasn’t prepared to like it after the first few pages. Then, I started to enjoy and, more importantly, emphasize, with the characters. There are more than a few twists that add to the enjoyment. 

The Ness sisters are interesting heroines, but I found myself rooting for their robot.

Without handing out spoilers, I can say the novel takes place millions of years in the future, where humanity had gone through more than a dozen civilizations. Each one has peaked, then failed, and we’re left with tantalizing glimpses of technology from each.

Alastair Reynolds has written many good books, but I think this is one of his best. I’m looking forward to a sequel.

I’ll give it five out of five stars. 

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