Alastair Reynolds

Science Fiction Fantasy

From the master of the space opera, Alastair Reynolds, comes a dark, mind-bending SF adventure spread across time and space, Doctor Silas Coade has been tasked with keeping his crew safe as they adventure across the galaxy in search of a mysterious artifact, but as things keep going wrong, Silas soon realizes that something more sinister is at work, and this may not even be the first time it’s happened.

In the 1800s, a sailing ship crashes off the coast of Norway. In the 1900s, a Zepellin explores an icy canyon in Antarctica. In the far future, a spaceship sets out for an alien artifact. Each excursion goes horribly wrong. And on every journey, Dr. Silas Coade is the physician, but only Silas seems to realize that these events keep repeating themselves. And it’s up to him to figure out why and how. And how to stop it all from happening again.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5) Since starting Bookstagram, I have ventured out of my comfort zone and read a few space operas. They’re mind boggling and fascinating! I’ve had 2 faves; To Sleep in a Sea of Star by Paolini (Eragon author) and The Last Watch by JS Dewes. Both I hold in high regards for the excitement and adventure they provide. So when Orbit had this one, I grabbed it hoping for another fav. 

Look at that cover, doesn’t it scream “space opera”?  It oddly was not. The majority of the book was NOT in space. Sigh. While I still tried to give it a chance, it just wasn’t for me. The type of writing made me slow down my reading to grasp the story. There was a lot of what I deemed to be unnecessary dialogue which dragged on more than I liked. 

Ultimately, it just didn’t grab me. The “big reveal” felt anticlimactic and while it answered my many questions, it still didn’t give me the space opera vibes early enough to satiate my craving. 

AUDIO Review: Immediately I noticed his light English accent and ability to emphasize words, bringing interest to what he was saying. The narrator Harry Myers had the ability to change his voice for each character flawlessly. How he spoke kept my interest but also brought significance to each sentence. I felt I’d miss out on an incredible story if my mind wavered! I loved listening to him, he was easy to listen to.

General content summary: F words: 8, minimal language, opium snuff addiction , medical brain procedure (details), injuries, morphine addiction, shooting and blood and death, alcohol, death from a large fall, corpses (few details), death. 

Thank you to Orbit for gifted copy!

The book releases August 2, 2022.

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