Revenger

Revenger

Paperback - 2017
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Winner of the 2017 Locus Award

Revenger is a rocket-fueled tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism... and of vengeance...

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest crew members of the legendary Captain Rackamore's ship, using their mysterious powers as Bone Readers to find clues about their next score. But there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen, in particular.

The galaxy is filled with treasures... if you have the courage to find them.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2017.
Edition: First trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316555562
0316555568
Branch Call Number: FIC Reyno
Characteristics: 427 pages

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SCL_Justin Jul 10, 2017

Alastair Reynolds' Revenger is his latest space opera and it is not very good. I often pick up one of his books thinking, "Why haven't I read one of these in a while?" I was 2% in when I remembered.

It's all tell and no show. In some of his previous space operas I know there've been some good bits that I could deal with the plodding language, but none of that is in Revenger. Reynolds has characters that are cardboard standups engaging in cliche actions that anyone who's ever read or watched better science fiction will see coming a million leagues away.

I can't recommend such a formulaic and blah space opera, not when there's such good stuff happening in the field these days (The Stars are Legion is a zillion times better than this, as is Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy (though that has more of a military sf aspect)).

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clflemin
May 18, 2017

Essentially felt like a rush job or young adult novel. Protagonist goes through a complete transformation going from a naive child into a wunderkind mary sue trope that can do it all. Even the world building, which is usually top notch for Reynolds, came across rather contrived and campy.

Had the story arc been given more runway for the character transformation to be believable and the campy elements of the world building been dialed back this could have been a good novel. It wasn't.

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