Revenger by Alistair Reynolds (Revenger #1)
What I drank: a half a box of Pinot grig
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..
Revenger was so much fun. Its characters were quirky and goofy and scary and surprising. It’s universe, vaguely based on ours any number of millennia in the future, was rich and induced in me boundless curiosity. Alastair Reynolds series I think will be really good because this first installment set the hook really well.
Plot & characters
This book takes place over millions of miles on the number of planets vest and innumerable and its best moments are in the tiny confines of a space ships intricate winding pathways and cabins. Our protagonist are riding their own autobiography reflecting on the journey they endured after escaping the Clutches of boredom and expectation that they’re rich father required. As bone readers the Sisters who the novel revolves around have a unique capacity to do deep space telemetry, intercepting squawks and or radio transmissions from millions of miles away. Their value is not just the ability to intercept these transmissions but the clues that they hold. These bone readers detects the puzzle pieces to worlds of riches a.k.a. baubles BKA death traps. The ships crew they join is a motley assemblage of experts. Between the assessors who evaluate the riches uncovered the openers who do the cryptography and breaking an entering of the bubbles the space mathematicians who calculate orbits to determine how accessible each bubble is before it’s security closes it off for any number of years from access, Amaris crewmembers are incredibly skilled and incredibly necessary companions in her come of age story. When the stuff of nightmares a pirate hunters of years old tax her crew Amara is face with a choice: stay here and die go home and shrivel or exact revenge. You may glean from the books title what she chooses to do.
Pairing and rating
I inhaled this book as a necessary break for my PhD studies. It took so many boxes for me as a space nerd I love her I’ve had to hand combat and deep down and explore looking for hidden treasure. Revenger was fun smart, but one thing it was not was surprising once I knew Amara are protagonist, 100 pages in so much of her speech and decisions seemed redundant or, worse, a caricature, obvious and anticipated. It’s not that I didn’t believe her is that eventually I didn’t care. To that end the perfect rating for this novel seems to be a vodka soda. It’s not that is ineffective is that it was really good I realize and I couldn’t stop drinking it. But it also didn’t surprise me. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Rating? 4.5 out of five stars
Cheers – P$