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Elysium Fire Paperback – International Edition, 30 October 2018
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A tremendously assured read, a fast-paced page-turner that delivers a well thought out story. ― GUARDIAN
An utterly involving thriller, with a mystery that unfolds under steely control. ― DAILY MAIL
It's grand, involving and full of light and wonder. Poseidon's Wake is one of the best sci-fi novels of the year ― Sci-Fi Now
his finest moment yet and a glorious conclusion of the trilogy. A wonderful book and best that British SF has to offer at the moment ― Upcoming 4 Me
Reynolds has not only rise to the challenge, but upped the ante. ― SFX
Although a long book, with so much story to fit in there is a brevity to the text which makes it an easy read which can be enjoyed as a standalone even though it satisfactorily revisits and resolves the majority of the threads from the previous novels ― Geek Chocolate
Intriguing speculation about human identity and potential. ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Possibly the best space opera I've read. ― SF REVU
a well realised sci-fi universe, with plausible character ― SF&F Reviews
Having completed the trilogy I now want to return to its beginning and re-read. Alastair Reynolds is one of my very favourite authors, every book is a much-anticipated event, and withPoseidon's Wake he shows yet again why that is. I loved every single page. ― For Winter's Nights
Reynolds combines depth in characterization and dazzling hard-science applications to keep the reader turning pages. ― BOOKLIST
Transhumans, talking elephants, inscrutable aliens and good old fashioned spaceship fights all contribute to a breathtaking adventure ― THE SUN
A vivid universe with beautiful settings and engaging, dynamic characters ...Fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title, especially if they also enjoy mysteries or police procedurals. ― LIBRARY JOURNAL
A revelation that satisfies the demands of SF and mystery. ― LOCUS
If you're looking for a cracking sci-fi mystery, pick this one up. ― SF AND F REVIEWS
Incredible story telling and all plaudits are greatly deserved. ― GEEK SYNDICATE
Cerebral but gripping, Elysium Fire is a must for Reynolds fans and a recommended read. ― SCIFINOW
A well-paced, complex story replete with intrigue, invention and an optimism uncommon in contemporary SF ― The Guardian
- Publisher : Gollancz; 1st edition (30 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0575090618
- ISBN-13 : 978-0575090613
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 198,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a sequel to Reynolds’ 2007 novel, the Prefect, now renamed Aurora Rising and features the same central character, Inspector Dreyfus of Panoply, the small consensual security force protecting the Glitter Band.
A wave of mysterious deaths has started to strike at random, and appears to be increasing exponentially. Panoply is racing to find the cause before panic sets in, threatening the cohesion of society. Their task is complicated by a populist agitator, seeking to encourage individual habitats to withdraw from the federal society binding them together. A separatist, who is also vastly wealthy while pretending to be a man of the people, is a clear pointer to this being part a growing thread of post-Brexit, post-Trump SF.
It is also, like Christopher Brookmyre’s recent Places in the Darkness, a very successful combination of genres. The background is a piece of excellent SF. The foreground is a top notch detective story.
Overall, Elysium Rising is a highly satisfying piece of work. It is well plotted with a tight, internally consistent narrative. It does what all good SF does. It creates a highly fantastical, speculative scenario, but then populates in with very human, credible characters.
While Reynolds’ recent Poseidon’s Children sequence were entertaining enough, his strengths lie in this darker, almost gothic universe.
I very much enjoyed this return to the Glitter Band, before the melding plague turns it into The Rust Belt. Tom Dreyfus is much as he was before, a bit more worn, a bit more careful. Sparver and Ng and Aumonier and others reappear, and have grown as well.
The plot starts out at a great pace, with two interwoven story threads: The current emergency, and a tale of two teens from 30 years or so before the current action. Perhaps you might think you have solved the central mystery at some point in the book (but you haven't), and the pieces of the puzzle are presented well in succession, gradually building a picture of the crime and it's origins.
By 3/4 of the way through the book, you realise that the ending is going to be more complex in it's origins than you might have first thought. The ending itself is a bit flat, a bit rushed, with an info-dump a la Agatha Christie summations - not my favourite way to come to a solution in a mystery.
As always, Reynolds' prose and plotting are good, his technology is wonderful, and the characters are interesting and sympathetic.
This is a grand addition to the Revelation Space we all love from Reynolds. 4.5-stars, minus 0.5 for the somewhat flat ending.
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Yet there was something different about it today –a kind of pearly glimmer to its details, an inherent lack of focus, as if he saw it through tear-stained eyes. Fine, glinting threads seemed to bind its elements, as if a spider had been crawling around it overnight, trying to fix a web to its endlessly shifting geometry.
A tale of hereditary power, of arrogance in the face of the inevitability of human flaws, of the hubris of kings, of the futile denial of entropy itself.
That was the trouble with having a gift, though –however fairly or unfairly it had been acquired. Sooner or later one felt obliged to use it.
The first Dreyfus novel was just over 500 pages long, but left the reader wanting more. It could have expanded easily by another 200 pages Sadly, the new novel featuring Dreyfus and the other Panoply operatives is about 100 pages shorter than its predecessor, but feels like it should have been another 100 pages shorter. As other reviewers have said, the pace plods, in an irritating, episodic style, resembling a TV cop show. The mystery is intriguing, but seems to unfold at an interminable snail's pace. This is the only Reynolds I have read where I felt an almost irresistible urge to skip over parts to get back to the more interesting bits.
When the focus is on Dreyfus, things are fine. The other characters Reynolds has revived from the first book just aren't as interesting. Parts of the plot are either badly explained, or don't make any sense. The denoument is quite spectacular, but the climactic showdown between the Voi twins, and its conclusion, is eerily reminiscent of the end of Cronenberg's 'Scanners' - again, the first time I have come across something in a Reynolds novel or story that didn't feel wholly original.
I will still look out for Reynolds work with interest, but - please - no more 'Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies'.
In some ways its just a detective story, but the context of the Revelation Space universe gives it an interesting twist. The ending itself is not entirely surprising, but satisfying nonetheless.
I would love Mr Reynolds to revive some of the edgier themes in this series - civilisation limiting, the ultras etc, but would certainly be content with another in the Dreyfus series.