Saturday, 10 August 2013

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Evening's Empires - Paul McAuley

Release Date: 18/07/13
Publisher:  Gollancz


In the far future, a young man stands on a barren asteroid. His ship has been stolen, his family kidnapped or worse, and all he has on his side is a semi-intelligent spacesuit. The only member of the crew to escape, Hari has barely been off his ship before. It was his birthplace, his home and his future. He's going to get it back. McAuley's latest novel is set in the same far-flung future as his last few novels, but this time he takes on a much more personal story. This is a tale of revenge, of murder and morality, of growing up and discovering the world around you. Throughout the novel we follow Hari's viewpoint, and as he unravels the mysteries that led to his stranding, we discover them alongside him. But throughout his journeys, Hari must always bear one thing in mind. Nobody is to be trusted.


A solid enough story that will not only take the reader on a journey into space but also gives them a tale that has infinite possibilities around it. The characters are rounded, have great hooks for the reader and when added to a plotline that is split over six parts all round sets this up for future outings. I’ll look forward to seeing what is yet to come and if this novel is even a hints at the sheer scope as well as arcs to be had, all round makes this a series that I’m getting itchy to read more from.

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