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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This brand-new novel from “the most exciting space opera writer working today” (Locus) is equal parts steampunk, Western, planetary romance, and far-future science fiction.

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different—and rigidly enforced—level of technology.

Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon’s world is wrenched apart one more time. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint’s base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon’s own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police but by the very nature of reality—and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability.

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  • “Lee delivers tense escapes, gutsy fight scenes, and unfeasible coincidences with aplomb.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/13/2014

    " One would think, in a sci-fi adventure, involving many chase scenes and travel sequences through an ever-changing landscape constantly fraught with danger for a ragtag group of protagonists, that it would not be possible for a story to be stuffy and dry. And yet it is in this book. The premise is fascinating, a far future (on Mars) where technology works to a varying degree depending on location, and human lifespans are much shorter. (Or the Martian year is longer. People are also way taller.) I felt a little gypped based the back cover of this - Spearpoint is NOT the last city. There are several of them, controlled by 3 different factions. I do like the space elevator concept. I liked the concept of Quillan - a human/machine hybrid adapted to live in an area where no machines could thrive. However, he was ostensibly the narrator but not all that into sharing thoughts, knowledge, or feelings, AND he was not at all curious about the world around him. The characters also kept circling around to the same locations - like a low budget tv show with limited funds for set building. Every time characters spoke with one another, the dialogue scenes went ON and ON and ON. Great swathes of dialogue with no forward momentum, plotwise or in regards to character development. I felt like vast sections of this book could have been edited much more effectively. I think this would have been much better as a short story or a novella - maybe something a quarter of the length. It felt like the author was trying to make arbitrary word counts, or was perhaps being paid by the word. I listened to this in audiobook format. If I had read this as a regular book, I would have done a lot of skimming. As it is, one disk (out of 15) had a bunch of errors so I had to skip it - and I could not tell that I had missed anything in the story. Not good. I REALLY enjoyed House of Suns, so this was disappointing. I got the feeling that the author was much more comfortable telling a story against the vast backdrop & infinite worlds of space, and felt confined with a setting of only one planet, and then only one section of one planet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 2/1/2014

    " An exciting adventure-style story set in a world divided into "zones" where certain technology can only work within certain zones and people can only cross between zones by using special drugs. An interesting story combined with an interesting world to tell it in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Bourgon | 1/30/2014

    " So, this book is dense. Really dense. As in, it took me several months to finish. However, I really really enjoyed it. Unlike most science-fiction novels, this book was not about the destination, but the journey. It, more than any science fiction novel I've read in years Is a voyage novel like Lord of the rings. Fantasy novels usually do this type of thing where you journey from point a to point B, but most of the time science fiction novels are about The idea. Or, they are about a Mystery. So, overall, while this book is dense, it is also something fairly novel. I would definitely recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Libby | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting world, great characters good story. "

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