by Alastair Reynolds
ISBN-13 : 978-0575090781
There’s little to no sci-fi in the first 30% of this book and you’d be forgiven for thinking Reynolds was just indulging himself in a seafaring romp. There’s only a hint of sci-fi up to about half way through, when it develops into groundhog day. I didn’t enjoy this. I put the book down for a week or two until I forced myself to pick it up again and finish it. I couldn’t put the second half down!
There isn’t the usual Alastair Reynolds scope, but that doesn’t matter as there is plenty of his trademark exploration and discovery and a fantastic plot twist I didn’t see coming. By far my favourite character is Ada for her sharp sense of humour and general attitude to life. The other characters are convincing and, for once, there’s a good ending, even if it is a little corny.