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There are things I love about Alastair Reynolds but this isn’t one of them.
It’s boring. If you’ve read “the Prefect” then you know what’s going to happen and this story offers nothing new in any category.
Normally, Reynolds’ imagination makes up for the story short comings. The thing is.. I was so looking forward to this book and have tried to make every allowance for it.
This book stimulates in me the the void of any stimulation or interest in the story of itself.
The only reason I write this negative review is out of consideration for other Alastair Reynolds fans.
Save your credit and wait to see what other reviewers say.
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... when we do it for a bet
The story's architecture is split between a coming-of-age antagonist duo and an enforcement system meant to ensure that the democratic system is secure for the populace on the asteroid ring, Glitter Band, around the planet Yellowstone.
The SciFi elements of the story mostly evolve around brain implants that can mentally reshape nano-material like Play-Doh, police bot-dogs that can unfold from a hip truncheon and virtual AI sentient holograms. However, these mostly play as backdrops to the race to find and stop what seems to be a pandemic in the making that threatens wreak havoc on an otherwise peaceful society.
In typical Alastair Reynolds fashion, he spends a considerable amount of time creating the world and the various set of characters who play key roles in the story. John Lee also expertly narrates these characters giving each a distinct voice including genders, adults and children.
There's lots of twists and turns along the way.
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