Redemption Ark (Revelation Space Series #3)

Redemption Ark (Revelation Space Series #3)

by Alastair Reynolds

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Alastair Reynolds pushes the boundaries of science fiction and “confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance” (Publishers Weekly) in this novel in his Revelation Space universe.

Late in the twenty-sixth century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors—alien killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons—and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes—and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether...

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ISBN-13: 9780441011735
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Series: Revelation Space Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 142,446
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.50(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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"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Redemption Ark (Revelation Space Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
paulmorriss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A major space opera with some interesting characters. It's not always clear who the goodies and baddies are which makes it all the more fascinating. There's also some pretty hard and plausible science here which really adds to the plot. This is set in the same universe as a couple of other books, but there are many new ideas here. It's not just about ideas though as the characters are well drawn too.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Khouri broke the silence, unable to wait any longer. `What is it, Ilia? Good news or bad?¿`Knowing my track record, what do you think?¿`A wild stab in the dark? Bad news. Very bad news indeed.¿`Got it in one.¿`It¿s the Inhibitors, isn¿t it?¿`Sorry to be so predictable, but there you are.¿`They¿re here?¿`I think so.¿ Volyova¿s voice had dropped low now. `Something is happening, anyway. I¿ve seen it myself.¿`Tell me about it.¿Volyova¿s voice, if anything, became quieter still. Khouri had to strain to hear it. `Machines, Ana, huge black machines. They¿ve entered the system. I never saw them actually arrive. They were just ¿ here.¿Khouri had tasted the minds of those machines briefly, feeling the furious predatory chill of ancient recordings. They were like the minds of pack animals, ancient and patient and drawn to the dark. Their minds were mazes of instinct and hungry intelligence, utterly unencumbered by sympathy or emotion. They howled across the silent steppes of the galaxy to each other, summoning themselves in great numbers when the bloody stench of life again troubled their wintry sleep.`Dear God.¿`We can¿t say we weren¿t expecting them, Ana. From the moment Sylveste started fiddling around with things he didn¿t understand, it was only a matter of when and where.¿This is basically a sequel to ""Revelation Space", although there are also references to the events of "Chasm CIty". Ilia Volyova and Ana Khouri are still in the Delta Pavonis system , keeping an eye on the Inhibitors and planning how to use the hell weapons against them, while also making plans for the evacuation of Resurgam. But the Conjoiners have also found out about the Inhibitors, who they call Wolves, and want their hell weapons back to use against them, so the scene is set for conflict.Since all factions are limited to sub light speed travel, the book really gives you a feeling of just how large the distances are, and the long timescale involved in travelling between solar systems. When Clavain is chasing Skade's ship towards Resurgam, they each have years to try to destroy the other's ship, or at least damage it enough to prevent it from reaching their destination.After various angst-ridden wrongdoers gain redemption, the story ends quite abruptly, with Clavin waking from suspended animation and being given a quick recap of all the exciting things that have happened while he was asleep, giving the impression that the author got carried away by his love of car spaceship chases and didn't have time to fit everything else in. But it leaves plenty of scope for another sequel, with Khouri leading a on a mission to the neutron star to consult Dan Sylveste about how to fight the Inhibitors,while Clavian and the others land on a planet to wait for their return in twenty years' time.
RobertDay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having been misled by numerous people describing Reynolds' sequence of novels that began with 'Revelation Space' as "loosely joined", I made the mistake of reading 'Absolution Gap' (the sequel to this novel) first and found that I really did need to read the middle book in the trilogy! So I started this book knowing (sort of) how it would end. But that wasn't a problem. It made an interesting exercise to see how some of the characters in 'Absolution gap' got where they were. And there was more: there are plenty of characters in this book who don't make it through to the next (and not just by being killed off), though I suppose now I'll have to re-read 'Absolution gap' to make sure of this!Anyway: what we have here is more wide-screen space opera, set in Reynolds' ultra-realistic future universe (though he manages to invoke some good old Doc Smith-style spaceship tech to move the action on). Characters are well-drawn, though some differences are obvious: the hyperpig Scorpio is nowhere near as mellow as he is in the next book, but that's how it's supposed to be; and the Conjoiner leader Remontoire doesn't come over as a rounded character at all whereas Clavain does. But perhaps that's the point: Remontoire is a dyed-in-the-wool Conjoiner, with lots of brain implants and instant communication with his fellow Conjoiners; Clavain is an incredibly old man (through relatavistic starflight, not life-extension technology) who came late to the Conjoiners and isn't so much 100% wedded to their programme, and he's seen more of life and death than almost anyone else in the book; so perhaps Remontoire is not so well drawn precisely to bring this difference out. Reynolds also has some interesting musings on the Fermi Paradox and the ultimate motivations of the Inhibitors, the machines who aim to eliminate star-faring intelligent life in the galaxy - and it's not quite what you'd think. All in all, then, an interesting page-turner (though there are lots of pages to turn!).
voodoochilli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book. I have to say though that I preferred Chasm City and Revolution space 1 slightly more. It is essentially a carry on from Revolution Space, filling in much of details but it lacks some of the action and excitement of Chasm City, and some of the originality of Revelation Space.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the author's Revelation Space series, this book is set approximately 600 years from now, after mankind has started to spread throughout the galaxy.Human activities have attracted the attention of the Inhibitors, alien machines whose mission seems to be the elimination of all intelligent life. They have come to the star Delta Pavonis, home to the planet Resurgam, populated by over 200,000 people. The Inhibitors start to systematically take apart the system's gas giant, plus several of its moons, in order to build an immense device of unknown capability (imagine if Jupiter and several of its moons were systematically taken apart, and a growing alien device could be seen every night in the sky). What ever it is, it's not good for the people of Resurgam.An attempt is made to evacuate the people of Resurgam, a few hundred at a time, onto a ship called Nostalgia for Infinity, to take them to another system. Years ago, the ship's captain, John Brannigan, became a victim of the Melding Plague. He was put into cryogenic sleep to try to slow the effects of the plague; it did not work for long. Now, Captain Brannigan has become the ship.The ship also contains a number of huge cache weapons, some of which can be measured in kilometers. They are the only thing which can possibly stop the Inhibitors; they are not called "hell-class weapons" for nothing. Several factions want those weapons for their own purposes, including a renegade named Clavain. The weapons themselves may have other ideas. If the Inhibitors are not stopped now, it won't take long, in cosmic terms, for them to find Earth.This is a wonderful piece of writing. Normally, I would look at a 700-page paperback book and say No Thanks; not when Alastair Reynolds is the author. He does a fine job from start to finish, writing on a grand millions-of-years scale. For those who like mind-blowing storytelling, this is very much recommended.
petwoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow, full of symbols and second meaning, predictable, rather weak ending. It obviously sets the stage for the third novell [Absolution Gap]. The description of the Inhibitors machinery and industry is nice but not very convincing. Even Reynolds, an astrophysicist, has to ressort to fuzzy concepts to be able to explain the sheer size of the artifacts (which should normally crumble under their own gravity).The message of the title is rammed home on various levels and story arcs, too much for my taste in a sf-novel which I rather expect to be entertaining than instructive.Still good enough for me to give the third book a try.
cahallmxj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book if you are into space opera and high adventure between the stars. The book is long and is part of a triliogy in which each book is just as thick. definitley not lite reading but you might not notice the pages flying when the story picks. I'm ready for the next one to find out how clavins adventures end. m.a.c
Pferdina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This continuation of the story begun in Revelation Space meets up with some familiar characters but also brings in new ones. Probably too many new ones, really. I enjoyed the story but my main complaint is that it was just too long. It was needlessly complicated by the multiple viewpoints of all the characters. The invented universe is clever and novel, and I wish more of the book was used to explore that universe.
Mockers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trangenic pigs, people with lots of little machines in side them and god alone knows what else! Masterful
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, where do I start? This book was an incredible journey.According to Reynolds' website, this is the second book of the Revelation Space series, with Chasm City being a separate, stand-alone novel you can read any time. However, I would strongly suggest reading it in between Revelation Space and Redemption Ark. There are people and happenings that you will understand better if you read Chasm City first.In any case, Redemption Ark is the next piece of the story. The Conjoiners are seeking the hell-class weapons that were stolen by the Ultras and placed onboard Nostalgia for Infinity, their lighthugger vessel. Much more is explained about the Conjoiners and where they came from. One of the main characters, Nevil Clavain, is a conjoiner with some special history, being one of the first. When Galiana, the founder of the Conjoiners and Clavain's lover, returns from a deep space mission as the only surviving member of the expedition, the other Conjoiners find she's been infected by "the Wolf"--an ancient race of robots that are also known as the Inhibitors. Their sole mission is to seek out and repress the emergence of intelligent, space-faring life.The Conjoiners are seeking their stolen hell-class weapons, and know that they are on board the Nostalgia for Infinity. They prepare to launch a mission to reclaim them with Clavain at the head. Clavain, after being introduced to some Conjoiner secrets and new technology, realizes that the other Conjoiners are preparing a mass exodus from human space and away from the Inhibitors, whom they know will be arriving soon. They plan on leaving without telling anyone, or even warning them of the dangers to come. Clavain immediately defects, realizing that the Conjoiners, or at least their current leadership, has evolved into something different than what they used to be. Clavain meets several other people on his way to turn himself and knowledge of the new Conjoiner technology of inertial suppression over to the authorities, but is captured by a man called 'H' (Sky Haussmann from the Chasm City story). H sends him on basically the same mission the Conjoiners would have, but to keep the weapons under the control of someone that would use them for the good of everyone.At first I thought the Inhibitors were just a clone of Saberhagen's Berserkers, machines programmed to eliminate life where ever it is found, but as the story progressed I realized there were several key differences which made them unique. Reynolds explains the Fermi paradox (without calling it that) and how the Inhibitors are responsible for culling the emerging intelligent races throughout the universe. We also find the reason behind it--the galactic collision between our galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy 13 billion years in the future.Unfortunately, the Inhibitors have already arrived at Delta Pavonis, the system where the Nostalgia for Infinity is located. They destroy several uninhabited worlds for the raw materials to build a giant gravitational laser that will cause the star to burn the remaining planets of the Delta Pavonis system. Clavain is now in a much trickier situation, between the Inhibitors, the evacuation of 200,000 people from Resurgam, and the recapturing of the of the stolen hell-class weapons.It was a fun ride, and Reynolds is a great science ficiton author. I didn't find any explanations of scientific things too far above my head nor so detailed that it wasn't fun to read. There was just enough explanation to make everything plausible. I find it hard to believe that others have rated this book anything under 3 stars.
jmvilches on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cojoiners and Demarchists are slugging their way to the conclusion of a long war when the Cojoiners learn of a threat to all humanity. Machines called the Inhibitors are approaching from the dark reaches of space, intent on wiping out space-faring life. The Cojoiners make plans to protect themselves by launching a mission to retrieve a long-lost cache of hellish weapons. But one of their military experts, Clavain, believes that all of humanity deserves to know about the threat. Clavain launches his own operation to retrieve the weapons and is soon in a desperate race against his former allies.But it's not going to be a simple race - the weapons are being held in the Delta Pavonis system by the damaged ship Nostalgia for Infinity. The dread machines are already there and are in the process of taking apart the entire system. The much-reduced crew of the ship is working on a plan to evacuate the planet before the Inhibitors can complete their work, a plan that includes their own use of the powerful weapons.Although it's not immediately obvious, Redemption Ark is a sequel to Reynolds's first novel, Revelation Space. A dark space opera with a grand scale and realistic science, the book has an interesting film-noir feel. None of the characters are entirely sympathetic and this future is definitely not a shiny feel-good place. However, it is full of fascinating technology and interesting people. The characterization is fairly good - definitely more than one-dimensional, although sometimes the motivations seem a little off.Redemption Ark suffers a bit from middle-book malady. While it's action packed and chock full of challenging concepts, the ending is disappointing - it feels rushed, nothing is really resolved, and you?re stuck waiting for the next book. There are also several points where the book builds up to what should be frenzied action sequences and then instead of the actual action, you get a passive recap that throws a wrench into the pacing. However, I do like the universe that Reynolds has created and I'm looking forward to the sequel.3 Stars
topps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With this complex, thoughtful sequel to his highly praised Revelation Space (2001), British author Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance. Spreading from star to star, humanity has split into different, competing factions. Late in the 26th century, the group-mind Conjoiners are defeating their main rivals, the Demarchists. Unfortunately, the Conjoiners' space exploration has attracted the notice of an ancient swarm of machines that calls itself the Inhibitors and that exists to destroy all biological intelligence. The Conjoiners don't believe they can fight this new foe, so they intend to run away and let the Inhibitors wipe out the other human tribes. One Conjoiner warrior, the centuries-old Clavain, rebels against this heartless tactic, but he must negotiate with a fragmented, distrustful mob of possible allies while pursued by his former cohorts. The novel forces readers to process an outrageous amount of information-but that's only fair, since the characters are challenged to do the same. As they extend themselves outward, they also have a chance to gain more understanding of themselves as human beings and more ability to interact meaningfully. It's rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like "revelation" and "redemption." Reynolds pulls it off
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Bridge4 More than 1 year ago
Another great novel by Alastair Reynolds. He's becoming one of my favorite writers. If you don't appreciate this book and the Revelation Space series then space opera probably isn't your genre. This book is really fun.
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just read the entire series, such a gifted writer.
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This book challenged and engaged me. I highly recommend to all sci-fi fans.
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PSI More than 1 year ago
Was expecting a better reading experience... The jarring transitions between plot lines reminded me of the jumpy editing in later Star Wars films. It also didn't help that my Nook edition of Redemption Ark was poorly formatted, often without even a line break to indicate chapters - I had to keep checking back in the text to remind myself which solar system we were in at the moment! All that said, you must read this book in order to understand Absolution Gap, and that's a REALLY enjoyable story.
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Been a long time since I have been unable to put a book down!!!! This is true Science Fiction!!!!