Here, ignorant of our existence, the only known sentient species other than humankind is slowly evolving. But things are about to change. But at what cost to its native inhabitants — and its human guardians? This is a great book - the plot moves along at a fantastic rate, the connections between the various story threads are revealed brilliantly, and there are some great ideas explored here. I couldn't Read full review. OK, so the characters are a bit 2-dimensional and the SF a bit far fetched, but somehow I still managed to really enjoy this, pre-publication.
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One of these stations orbits the planet Kaspar, where the on Aeons ago, a super-scientific culture known as 'Angels' had left incomprehensible relics all over the galaxy. One of these stations orbits the planet Kaspar, where the only other known sentient species outside Earth has been meticulously allowed to continue evolving in its own world of primitive ignorance. But suddenly Kaspar's mysterious 'Citadel' has become the vital key to repelling the fast-approaching threat.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 20, Adrian Leaf rated it liked it. A mid future space opera that is Gary Gibson's first novel. Unfortunately it falls into a lot of the traps most authors do with their first book; Interchangeable characters, sketchy motivations, and a lack of focus to the plot.
There are probably too many characters points of view for the page count. I found it difficult to remember what a certain character was trying to achieve, or even who they were when they reappeared after a number of pages. That isn't to say it hasn't got any redeeming qua A mid future space opera that is Gary Gibson's first novel. That isn't to say it hasn't got any redeeming qualities, it is typically ambitious, fairly good fun and has some nice ideas, just a little overreaching.
Oct 28, Roddy Williams rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , big-dumb-objects , wormholes , human-augmentation , archaeology , culling , von-neumann-machines , space-opera , elder-race , debut-novel. Gibson's debut novel is a multi-character narrative space opera much in the style of Peter F Hamilton Mankind has been able to travel out to the stars due to the discovery of Angel Stations; vast torus-shaped space stations surrounding wormholes which give instantaneous access to other stations in other parts of the galaxy.
The study of abandoned Angel tech has been a mixed blessing. It has allowed Earth to design probes which have been sent as far as possible toward the galactic core and which ha Gibson's debut novel is a multi-character narrative space opera much in the style of Peter F Hamilton Mankind has been able to travel out to the stars due to the discovery of Angel Stations; vast torus-shaped space stations surrounding wormholes which give instantaneous access to other stations in other parts of the galaxy.
It has allowed Earth to design probes which have been sent as far as possible toward the galactic core and which have discovered that processes have been set up to automatically set off novas and flood the galaxy with lethal radiation at very long but regular intervals. The radiation is due to arrive at the planet Kaspar in days, and is likely to kill off the only other sentient race that humanity has discovered, currently at a pre-industrial feudal culture level.
Humans have also used Angel tech to alter human genes in military test subjects, producing a number of humans who are virtually indestructible and can, in some instances, see the future. We follow a disparate group of people whose paths converge at the abandoned Angel citadel on the planet Kaspar as the wave of radiation approaches. Certainly the concept of older races 'culling' other life in the galaxy usually by way of ancient machines is a popular idea see 'Engines of God', 'Revelation Space' and 'Berserker' and perhaps is in some ways a counterbalance to works in which ancient alien races are either extinct, coldly aloof or benevolent.
It's not simply a derivative novel, however. Gibson has created some interesting concepts and has cursed the earth with a Blight, an Angel Tech derived virus which was unleashed while one of the protagonists was trying to retrieve it from one of the Earth's criminal gangs. Kim is a xeno-archaeologist who has the deaths of some of her colleagues on her conscience and has become addicted to absorbing 'books' which are the distilled memories of others.
She has fallen on hard times and is working as an asteroid miner from the Angel Station in the Kaspar System. She too has unleashed a plague of sorts, as one of the artefacts she retrieved from the Kaspar citadel during an archaeological expedition has become active. This has released self-replicating Von Neumann bugs which are slowly consuming all the human-built sections of the stations as well as their ships. The bugs are using the cannibalised material to make more bugs.
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Meanwhile, members of a human cult - The Primalists - are hiding out on Kaspar in deep caves waiting for the radiation to kill all the sentient natives so that they can claim the planet as a new Eden. One of the aliens, however, is in possession of an Angel artefact that might be the key to deflecting the radiation and saving his species. The Kasparians are an interestingly designed species able - in an odd mirroring of Kim's addiction - to achieve sentience by eating the flesh and brains of a dead adult.
Their children are pre-sentient animals and do not attain intelligence until this ritual has been carried out. There are some loose ends left untied which no doubt means that sequels are in the pipeline. Maybe it's me but it seems many debut novels now are planned with sequels in mind. No one seems to want to write stand alone novels any more. Is this publisher pressure or a strategic move on the part of the author? This book had a lot of cool stuff, but I just couldn't get into it.
The cool stuff: -An alien species that actually has cultural and linguistic diversity there's not improbably one language and culture for the entire species like you find on Star Trek and Star Wars - Plenty of POVs from these aliens I liked the aliens more than the humans - Ancient alien archaeology and technology - Space opera fun: space travel, wormholes, etc. I didn't. It was okay, but there's something about Gibson's style - either he's just not very good at telling stories or he's too subtle for me.
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Whatever the reason, I had a lot of trouble getting into it. I was able to finish the book, but it was at times a bit of drudgery. I often didn't understand what was going on so that I felt like I was reading the sequel to a book I haven't read, even though this is supposed to be a standalone novel. The multi-character epic with numerous SF tropes is like Peter Hamilton, but Gibson isn't as entertaining as Hamilton and Hamilton usually manages to get a small handful interesting, identifiable characters to emerge from the nameless throngs.
Honestly, I'm not sure whether to chalk this up to Gibson's subtlety as a writer that I simply failed to understand or whether the problem is that he lacks the ability to tell a comprehensible story. It sort of came together at in the last 50 pages, but I'm still not entirely sure about everything.
I suspect this is why one of the blurbs on my book says that this will "reward several careful readings. Despite all the cool stuff, it was too much of a slog to get through and most of the characters aren't interesting or unique enough to keep the reader interested I couldn't remember who was who aside from my two favorites: the human Kim and the alien Ursu. I guess this was his first novel. Maybe his others are better. Feb 15, Bruno Di Giandomenico rated it liked it.
It is the first book from Gary Gibson. It is quite obvious that, and it could have used some editing. The theme is interesting, but it is treated in a fragmentary way, a number of possible alternatives and plot themes are quickly dealt with and never explained or exploited later on.
The beginning is not easy to follow, you must go on a little bit to start understanding the plot better, which is not necessarily evil, but the way things are hinted and not better explained is not good. The idea of a It is the first book from Gary Gibson.