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Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise.
But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives.
Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants. And these "melters" leave no clues behind as to the cause of their deaths....
As panic rises in the populace, a charismatic figure is sowing insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of habitats to break away from the Glitter Band and form their own independent colonies.
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By Zach on 01-25-18
Reynolds fan left cold
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.
27 of 31 people found this review helpful
By Sailfish on 01-28-18
Oh what twisted minds we get...
... 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful