Absolution Gap (Revelation Space Series #4)

Absolution Gap (Revelation Space Series #4)

by Alastair Reynolds

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Overview

Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels to match”(SF Site).

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 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 on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441012916
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2005
Series: Revelation Space Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 263,556
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.

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"A book of great fascination, rich description, and memorable action."—Locus

"Reynolds writes a lean and muscular prose where the intense action scenes are leavened with the kind of bright, shining, mind-boggling science talk that characterizes the best of post-modern space opera."—Science Fiction Weekly

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Absolution Gap (Revelation Space Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over two decades ago Clavain, Scorpio and refugees landed on the Pattern Juggler world of Ararat. Over time Clavain and Scorpio led the development of a thriving community. However, in the past half a year, Clavain has become increasingly reclusive and neglectful of his duties until lights in the sky proclaim that their enemy, the Inhibitors, apparently have found them. Now they must flee their haven choosing a moon that orbits a weird gas giant planet................................. On the moon Hela, exists the strange Quaichist cult with their enormous movable Cathedrals. The cult with their movable cathedrals follows the track of the gas giant Haldora that the satelite orbits. Clavain and his exiles arrive at Haldora where they will either save humanity from the Inhibitors or enable the enemy to complete the final solution.................................... The final tale of the Revelation Space trilogy is an entertaining science fiction tale that will please readers who prefer a cerebral tale with limited military action. The story line contains several brilliantly developed concepts that will send many readers comparing the fate of the protagonists with that of our earth-bound mankind¿s providence. Action seekers will find the pace slow and the battle warriors will wonder why there are such short abrupt skirmishes. Still ABSOLUTION GAP is an intriguing look at religion, war, societies, and economics in outer space, just more passively highbrow than active exploits................................ Harriet Klausner
huskerfan29 More than 1 year ago
Amazing ending to the trilogy!
sgsmitty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I sort of aband oned this somewhere along the way, it was longish and I was getting tired of the storyline I guess. I read the wikipedia to hear the end
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this next installment of the Revelation Space series, the story continues basically from where we left off in Redemption Ark, on the pattern juggler planet Ararat, but a couple of decades later. Clavain has stepped back from day-to-day running of the colony, but is called back to manage a new crisis: a reefer sleep casket was found in the ocean. Turns out it contains Khouri, who is chasing Skade after she transplanted her child from Khouri's womb to her own. Khouri's daughter is special, and is a link to developing technologies that will help the human race fight the inhibitors.Roughly during this time, a small moon is colonized by a man named Quaiche who is infected with an indoctrinal virus, and when a miraculous momentary disappearance of a gas giant saves his life, he founds a religion based around the odd planet, around which the moon Hela orbits.The story progresses to a showdown between humans and two other alien races besides the inhibitors.I think my favorite character from this book has to be Scorpio, the hyperpig. His part in the story was great, and his character was amazing. I loved the writing, and how things ended with him were better than I thought they'd be.I stand by my earlier reviews, and would highly recommend this entire series to anyone that enjoys good science fiction. Reynolds is a good author, and knows how to keep a reader turning pages.
lavonardo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A peculiarly unsatifying conclusion to a trilogy well-begun. Disappointing all the way.
Archren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The three titles in this trilogy: ¿Revelation Space,¿ ¿Redemption Ark¿ and ¿Absolution Gap¿ indicate the weightiness of the epic plot lines that are woven therein. In each book we do get revelations, redemption and absolution, although not always for the same characters throughout. Even in this one book the plot spans almost two hundred years (there are three plotlines running concurrently until near the end where the later two converge); over the entire trilogy it must be at least five centuries. Not all the characters from the first book have made it this far, and some new ones join us for this final push.The focus of the entire epic, to the extent there is one, is the role of the ship Nostalgia for Infinity in the battle against the ¿Inhibitors.¿ These are alien machines that seem to exist to prevent any space-faring culture from expanding into the galaxy. They¿re a little rusty, and humans colonize dozens of worlds before they come for us. With incredible high-tech weapons and a lot of luck, the ever-shifting crew of Nostalgia try to aid humanity¿s survival.In that sense the ending is a little anticlimactic (a seeming dues ex machine is invoked, which was disappointing), but really the journey is the important part here. Throughout the trilogy, each book contained vignettes that would easily be stand-alone novels in their own right. The Inhibitors war was really only consistent wallpaper. The same is true here. Characters¿ individual stories get resolved. Some characters who are introduced only in this volume also lend powerful arcs to the overall tapestry. Oddly enough Reynolds occasionally allows the plot to hiccup in favor of the character arcs, sometimes writing scenes that are totally random in order to illuminate a character more clearly.There¿s plenty here for the tech-geek though, don¿t worry! A whole new round of technological innovation accompanies the battles in this concluding volume, as well as some brane theory of universes and some stellar engineering. And the amazing texture that Reynolds gives his future, where almost nothing is shiny and lots of things are old and don¿t work right, is continued throughout.It¿s hard to know what to say upon the conclusion of this huge, sprawling science fiction epic. After three books, an enormous cast of characters, too many crises to count, planets, weapons, religions, how can it possibly be summed up? This epic is not for the casual reader: I read the three books over the course of three years, but I wish I¿d read them back-to-back. Hopefully someday I will. It would have made following the characters and their nuances a little easier. If you have the option, either read these within close proximity or go back and read the first two before starting this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant.
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If you have read the previous three (Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark... the order in which I read them), then you have to read this one. Reynolds continues in the same style as before to take you farther into the rabbit hole that is the Revelation Space Universe. I couldn't put it down for the last 200 pages and was literally on the edge of my seat for much of the book. Reynolds is a master!
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i had never read anything by a. reynolds before but am ever so glad i did. you must read all three of the revelation space series. reynolds is imho one of the best contemporary writers of our time.
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Personally, I found Absolution Gap to be a huge let down. It's a shame because the two other books in the Revelation Space series were great. I struggled through this one because I was determined to finish it. When I finally got to the end there was no satisfying resolution,The main bad guys are left to wreak havoc; the few that are eliminated are done so in very unsatisfying ways. I felt like Reynolds just got tired of writing and said "to hell with it".. I don't blame him, it took me three times as long to read as it took to read Revelation Space and Redemption Ark because I kept falling asleep after getting through a dozen pages or so. On the good side, it's a sure cure for insomnia.
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