Johnson Advertisement It's a dangerous galaxy out there. Just how dangerous, the characters who inhabit the universe of Alastair Reynolds' Absolution Gap have been finding out through the course of his previous novels, most directly in Revelation Space and Redemption Ark. These characters, including Scorpio, the genetically altered pig, and the post-human Conjoiners Clavain and Khouri, have survived perilous journeys and witnessed the flowering and subsequent destruction of cultures encompassing entire solar systems. Spreading human civilization has triggered attacks from a machine intelligence known as the Inhibitors.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity.
War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the p The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity.
But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy.
And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn to Clavain and his companions that to beat the enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 31st by Ace Books first published November 27th More Details Original Title.
Revelation Space 3. Nevil Clavain , Ana Khouri , Scorpio. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Absolution Gap , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [It all comes down to a morality test - does the human race choose to work with evil to destroy evil or do they show a little dignity by not walking down that road.
But they didn't pass the morality test based on morality, it was elementary, dear Watson. They deduced the fate of those who tried to work with the shadow people and went with door B. So, the point is - you can be an awful person, just be smart too? See 1 question about Absolution Gap…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Absolution Gap Revelation Space, 3. May 24, Tim Hicks rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction. What a disappointment! This last book alone adds pages to the series. It continues the brilliant weaving of complex and advanced ideas, but even early in the book I started thinking, "This is getting a little silly now". What a load of bollocks! The ending is so bad that it bursts the suspension of disbelief that carried us so far.
It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines What a disappointment! It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines were, how implausible some of the characters and actions. Key characters and storylines are just dropped or killed off in a sentence. So much work, so much complexity, wasted.
A great example of "it's not the destination, it's the journey. In the rain. With wet socks. View all 3 comments. Oct 07, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: scifi-modern. Captain John Brannigan! Reynolds compl imagine a gigantic gothic spacecraft, a Lovecraft in space, a horrifying monster of a ship captained by a man who is the ship itself.
Reynolds completes his Revelation Space series in a rousing, bang-filled fashion. Rashmika and Vasko are two forthright and positively portrayed POV characters; my guess is that the experience of writing about people who aren't assholes or sociopaths must have felt to Reynolds like having his teeth slowly pulled out.
Rashmika turns out to be completely compelling, but unfortunately the twist that makes her interesting doesn't happen until the last pages of the novel. Vasko would be the protagonist of any other standard space opera, but Reynolds completely loses interest in him about two-thirds of the way through, and his POV just vanishes - even though he is still a central character and audience stand-in! Reynolds loves his darkety dark dark darkness and a lot of that comes out in various displays of unnecessary sadism and bad attitudes and weirdly used adjectives.
I love all of his aliens and weapons and weird human factions I have such a good time just thinking about all of the fun, strange ideas he crams into his books.
View all 13 comments. Nov 04, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: distant-worlds , hard-sf , alien-contact , galaxy-spanning. Hardly anything interesting happens, and when it does, it never gets proper treatment. The series is like a drawn-out strip-tease that lures you in with implacable aliens, gothic spaceships, nano plagues and obsessive post-humans, but turns into a series of pointless intrigues among different human factions while the implacable alien machines inexorably close in for the kill.
By the end I was rooting for them to win. Absolution Gap is set among several overlapping time periods and locales. One storyline takes up after the end of Redemption Ark, on the water planet of Ararat, where Clavain and the human-pig hybrid Scorpio landed with the Nostalgia for Infinity to escape the encroaching Inhibitors.
When a space pod arrives, carrying Ana Khouri, their quiet life of exile is forever. This is soon followed by the discovery of Skade, a Conjoiner from the previous books, who has done something extraordinarily cruel in order to secure a living link to alien technology from the Hades Matrix computer from Revelation Space. In a separate narrative, we are introduced to Rashmika Els, a year-old girl who lives on the planet Hela, which is dominated by a strange theocracy of Adventists whose main belief is that they must continually observe a star called Haldora.
In fact, despite learning what Haldora really is and how it holds the key to a danger even greater than the Inhibitors as well as a possible salvation for humanity, I just wish the entire storyline was removed from Absolution Gap. If humanity can create such weapons, why only 40? And what about other measures? Its role is surprisingly minor. We learn who they were in Revelation Space, and that was it.
Instead, he reveals an entirely new player that has been quietly lurking in the shadows and keeping tabs on humans. And for good measure, with just an epilogue left, we learn of yet another implacable threat to the galaxy! Good grief, talk about badly-timed revelations. Each author and reader establish a unique relationship, and this one has not been positive so far.
However, despite all that, I still plan to read Chasm City, The Prefect, and House of Suns, because you never know, we might still hit it off eventually. I make sure not to blame the content on the narrator.
View all 10 comments. Mar 18, Heidi The Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , fantasy-and-sci-fi. Alastair Reynolds ends his space opera trilogy with Absolution Gap.
Many of the characters from the last book are desperately fighting the Inhibitors, but humankind seems to be losing the war. In a final hail Mary, the Conjoiners and a new member of their race seek a distant star system where a planet seems to disappear and the phenomena is worshiped by a group of fanatics led by a prophet with religious fervor literally in his bloodstream.
For a fraction of a second something inexplicable had oc Alastair Reynolds ends his space opera trilogy with Absolution Gap. For a fraction of a second something inexplicable had occurred. A sensor anomaly. A simultaneous hiccup in every sensor that happened to be observing Haldora as the ship made its approach.
A hiccup that made it appear as if the gas giant had simply vanished. Leaving, in its place, something equally inexplicable. The science in his books is impeccable.
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Absolution Gap is a science fiction novel written by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds. It takes place in the Revelation Space universe and is a direct sequel to Redemption Ark. The plot of the novel takes place in four separate time periods. The bulk of the novel is contained in the and sections. Queen Jasmina of the lighthugger Gnostic Ascension wakes Quaiche, a member of her crew, from Reefersleep. She is disappointed with him; despite his promises that he would improve the crew's fortunes, he has not done so. In fact, many of the systems he has explored were filled with extremely valuable artifacts which he failed to detect and were picked up by other ships.
If you haven't read them you probably don't want to read this page yet. By the end of Absolution Gap, the war between the humans an Inhibitors has run its course, and new dangers have arisen. How does it all fit together? The Shadows only information available about the Shadows comes from themselevs, and should not be considered particularly reliable.