Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
The Amarantin left a very strange burial site a 900,000 years ago. Dan Sylveste uncovers this archeological dig in the midst of political turmoil, and is hell-bent on discovering what message might have been left behind. Anna is a mercenary who finds herself taking on a rather unusual contract and the ship she takes is unusual. Space travel makes time pass.
This is hardcore sci-fi and very dense so not for the casual reader. The plot is fairly complex, and it takes awhile for all the pieces to converge and begin to make sense. The general science concepts aren't too hard to understand though which is a good thing. The author has a PHD in astronomy so the sience is supposed to be pretty good although I don't pay too much attention to those details because the story is what compels me in books.
There is certainly never a dull moment in the book despite the feeling sometimes that you've read a lot and for some reason the book is still almost all unread still. The societies in this book are interesting and well-thought out as are the shifts in power.
One major problem with the book is how often points of view shift often without warning so it takes a few seconds to figure out that the focus is elsewhere. The shifts get less jarring as the book goes on as characters meet, but in the beginning it can be very off-putting. It's a pretty good book though and great for people love hardcore sci-fi (I like, not love, to read them).
Star Rating: 3.5/5.0
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