Revenger

Revenger

eBook - 2016
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A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts and revenge. The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.And there are vast fortunes to be mad, if you know where to find them...Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection - and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous. Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore's crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.Revenber is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future - a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism... and of vengeance...
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Orbit, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1052 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780316555630

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SCL_Justin Jul 10, 2017

Alastair Reynolds' Revenger is his latest space opera and it is not very good. I often pick up one of his books thinking, "Why haven't I read one of these in a while?" I was 2% in when I remembered.

It's all tell and no show. In some of his previous space operas I know there've been some good bits that I could deal with the plodding language, but none of that is in Revenger. Reynolds has characters that are cardboard standups engaging in cliche actions that anyone who's ever read or watched better science fiction will see coming a million leagues away.

I can't recommend such a formulaic and blah space opera, not when there's such good stuff happening in the field these days (The Stars are Legion is a zillion times better than this, as is Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy (though that has more of a military sf aspect)).

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clflemin
May 18, 2017

Essentially felt like a rush job or young adult novel. Protagonist goes through a complete transformation going from a naive child into a wunderkind mary sue trope that can do it all. Even the world building, which is usually top notch for Reynolds, came across rather contrived and campy.

Had the story arc been given more runway for the character transformation to be believable and the campy elements of the world building been dialed back this could have been a good novel. It wasn't.

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