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I first read this on the 29th May 2004.
This novel concludes the "Chasm City" series. Well, I'm not sure that
it concludes the series exactly, but it certainly terminates some of the
After a twenty-year sojourn in the new colony world of Ararat, Nevil
Clavain and Scorpio take up the struggle again against the Inhibitors,
the alien destroyers of space-faring lifeforms.
Meanwhile on the planet Hela, Dean Quaiche has begun a new religion
and the tenets of this religion may provide the key to defeating
the Inhibitors. On this same planet an exceptional young lady
with an unusual talent has decided that the religious authorities have
got it completely wrong and she is going to force them to see the truth.
This is another big book from Mr Reynolds. As I said before (although
not at quite such a length as he might have done) there is an excess
of verbiage. However, he appears to have taken my other criticism
more seriously and I repeat: some characters really do get
killed. Those that survive undergo real character development.
There are of course some wonderful and grotesque ideas; mobile
cathedrals slowly circumnavigating the planet Haldora, worshipping the
gas giant in skies above them; the captain fused into his spacecraft;
limited porcine lifetimes; technological designs dictated by unborn children and
the surprisingly un-catastrophic cache weapons.
It really is a pretty exciting read, and is a reasonable conclusion to this
series. However, it does just go on, on and on. The novel fails to
realize its full potential (or I was rushed when reading it).
Loaded on the 14th August 2005.