Revenger: A solid Sci-Fi

6th May 2017
Book Review / 4 Comments

Revenger: A solid Sci-FiRevenger by Alastair Reynolds
Series: Standalone
Published by Gollancz on September 15th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also in this series: Our Lady of the Ice, The Martian
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A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts and revenge.

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.
Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection--and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore's crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future--a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance...

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  • I was excited to read Revenger because I have heard a lot of good things about it from people that I have similar reading tastes with.
  • I was expecting a sci-fi read with a bit of romance. This book was not that. It was so much better. It was also a lot edgier.

What I liked

  • The story of Revenger had a lot going on, so much happened and it felt like I got exactly what I wanted from it. A beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • There was no romance in this story but that doesn’t mean there weren’t relationships. I loved the relationship dynamic between Arafura & Prozor, and also Arafura’s robot Paladin. Paladin was an unlikely addition that worms his way into the story.
  • Arafura changed and grew throughout the story. It was a drastic change but also a justified change.

What I didn’t like

  • I felt like I wanted more of a resolution with some things, like the story isn’t quite complete, yet it is because there is nothing left to tell. There were a few loose ends that I wasn’t happy with, I wanted more of a resolution to them.
  • The world of Revenger was so in-depth and vast, all of the slang words took a while for me to wrap my head around. But so did the technology and the baubles. I still don’t really understand how baubles work, why they open and close, how a person becomes a reader of them and knows when they’re going to open etc. I felt like it was never explained, but then I also felt like had it had an explanation then it wouldn’t have made sense. Sometimes not knowing just makes more sense.
  • The ending was a bit cliche, it wasn’t too much of a surprise for me so I wasn’t too blown away.

Have you read Revenger? Did you enjoy it? Was it different to what you expected?


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4 responses to “Revenger: A solid Sci-Fi

  1. Ahh interesting! I haven’t heard / come across this book before but I really love the idea of space pirates! I’m a little obsessed with space at the moment — spent a good chunk of last night watching the NASA live stream of Earth on YouTube — and anything to do with it really peaks my interest!

    It seems like the author did a brilliant job at world building, but there were a few things lacking with the plot? At least the relationships were great! I’m a believer that books that don’t feature a romance can be a lot stronger than those that do. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but sometimes, when it’s super forced, it detracts the reader from the whole point of the book!

    Great review! 🙂
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    • Ohhh I didn’t even know NASA live streamed from the space station! Omg, I am going to check that out right now o_o

      Arghh I agree, I love it when the author manages to incorporate romance into a story without it being the sole freaking focus of the story. It’s like a happy bi=product of the story. And it’s cute. And it’s a slow burn romance (Hopefully).

      Revenger actually surprised me when I read it. I was expecting something completely different, definitely not as dark or as gritty. So I really loved it because it was not what I was expecting.
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  2. I actually haven’t heard of this one, but your review has me somewhat curious. I actually prefer books without romance so knowing that’s not involved makes me happy, and the fact that you said it was “edgier” sparked my curiosity. I don’t think I’ve ever described a book as edgy. It just makes me think this book is bad ass wearing a nice pair of sunglasses…. because that’s what books do, right?

    But I’m going to be honest, the main thing that makes me want to pick this book up is the fact you mentioned that there’s a robot that worms his way into the story. And, spoiler alert for a blog post that won’t likely appear on atypicalnarrative months from now, I LOVE ROBOTS. Whether it’s books or movies, there’s just something about robotic creatures that really tugs my heart. The best relationships are the ones in which robots are involved (but not sexually, I don’t mean that kind of relationship, err…)

    It’s unfortunate that the book didn’t completely win you over with it’s lack of complete resolution and confusing science/slang. I feel like that’s sometimes where series work a little better – you have more time to tie all the pieces together and explain things in detail. Ah well, great review either way! You’ve left me curious about it.
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    • Hahaha I guess by edgier I mean darker? The main character changes so much from the beginning of the book to the end of the book, it’s not the progression you would expect either. I definitely feel like ‘edgy’ is a good word to describe it!

      Ohhhh aren’t robots super cool!? Paladin was a surprising addition, he’s probably my favourite character in this book.

      I wish there were more stories with robots in them. Have you read Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray yet? If not, you should definitely look it up. I mean that’s definitely a YA Sci Fi with romance and the whole shebang. But it was such an awesome story! The robots are called ‘Mechs’ in the story and they’re SO FREAKING COOL. Well I mean the idea of them is so freaking cool. And Gray is amazing at showing the world rather than telling the world. Also, the characters were awesome and while there is a bit of romance, this story is a romance story. The romance is just there as a natural progression I guess. Definitely check it out if you like robots! You might like it! But then also you might not cos I feel like it is prettyyyy YA-ey, whatever that means. I loved it though lol.

      Can’t wait to see your post about robots! (Also, book recs? 😉 )

      That’s very true about series’. I very rarely read standalone books, so I’m surprised I picked this up since it’s not a part of a series. But I’m really glad I did. I mean the science was pretty complicated, and the world was a bit confusing, and sometimes I had no idea what they were talking about so I just rolled with it – but I did really enjoy this book as a whole 🙂
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