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In successive versions of the story, the group comes to blows but nevertheless gets closer and closer to setting foot inside the vast structure. The first several chapters of the book only ever hint at the science-fictional premise behind the events; taken separately, they are simply adventure stories about a ship on a mission for exploration and profit. Because Eversion has far fewer pages than his Revelation Space novels, I thought its page count would be appropriate.

Sailing on the Demeter, he first describes a treacherous journey through the icy narrow passages of the Norwegian straits as the expedition seeks a mysterious construct known as the Edifice. I want to thank Orbit and Net Galley for an advance review copy of Eversion as the basis for this review, which reflects solely my own opinions. There were a few emotional beats at the end that landed surprisingly well, since I didn’t expect to be that invested by the characters alone. The main question you have to ask yourself is how much you think you'd enjoy reading about the same cast of characters sequentially going through similar scenarios at different times and locations for most of the book.Silas is a well-written protagonist with compelling internal conflict, but you only get the full picture once the book is complete, so it’s hard to judge at first.

Something is struggling to be born in this damaged and inspiring world, and I believe science fiction and its speculative cousins are helping us figure out what it is. It starts out as an 1800s nautical tale of an assistant surgeon as part of a crew seeking to find a location off the coast of Norway.A new Alastair Reynolds novel is always a cause for celebration, even if my enjoyment of them is inconsistent. Thanks to NetGalley and Orbit Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Eversion is an excellent, time-hopping, swashbuckling adventure, with a great twist about 60% into the narrative.

Possible spoiler: apparently the similarity between Eversion and the Netflix series "1899" is coincidence. What it is, is a story told by a medical doctor aboard an exploratory sailing ship off the coast of Norway. Overall, Reynolds paces things well and builds the mystery at the same time as giving clues that will allow some to enjoy a sense of achievement in getting ahead of the narrative - it's a beautifully constructed novel and never fails to keep the reader engaged. But even beyond that, there’s just an epicness to the difference pieces that make up this novel, from the harrowing maritime setting of the 1800s, to the steampunkish elements of adventure aboard an early twentieth century airship, and finally to the high-tech starship in the vast expanse of outer space.I was intrigued by the premise, since the expansive ideas and mysteries that were promised have been my favourite aspects of Reynolds’ work. Above all, the story is a sinister sibling to Rendezvous with Rama, the classic alien encounter novel by one of Reynolds’ chief inspirations, Arthur C.

I had to flick back to the information page as I was sure I had seen it was a Reynolds story but the beginning didn't seem anything like past reads. This is a SF novel, which starts as a historical novel about naval exploration, but then grows to something more.

And I’m certainly planning to catch up with Reynolds’ back catalog since he seems to be consistently good. I'm not sure either works perfectly - but this doesn't stop the mystery being a wonderful experience for the reader, as long as you are prepared to let go and see how things develop, rather than expect to understand everything that's happening before getting near the end.

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