This is gold. It’s better than the first book in the Revelation Space-trilogy, and that was gold too. Redemption Ark is more high-paced. It’s full of rich ideas and has some great characters, and this time focusses more on Conjoiner society (humans that evolved into a Borg-like hive mind) in a storyline that continues the threat of the Inhibitors.
This book has the best chase scene I’ve ever read (or seen on a screen for that matter), it lasts for several chapters, and it’s between 2 starships traveling just below the speed of light.
What Reynolds manages to do so well is actually convey what interstellar travel and battle would mean for humans that haven’t invented faster-than-light-travel. This is true hard SF.
The conclusion to this trilogy is sitting on my shelves, but I’m first going to read a few other books, just to savour the moment. I just don’t want this story to end. Luckily there are a few other books set in the same universe.
originally written on the 27th of September, 2014