The Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee – Arthur C. Clarke Award

I have a rather large admission to make regarding this book, I haven’f finished it. This means that I am not going to be able to write a proper review for it. The problem is that the book is the third and final volume of a trilogy. This meant that when starting the book I was thrust into the middle of a plot with an established world and characters.

Yoon Ha Lee has created an amazing universe and populated it with deep an interesting people but without the context of the previous books I found it nearly impenetrable. I persevered for nearly half the book, but it was taking a long time. I would much rather enjoy the story from the beginning and fully immerse myself in the world the author has created.

From what I read Yoon Ha Lee has developed a deep and interesting world. It is rich in cultural detail and epic in its scope. It looks at ideas of vast empire building, social castes and honour. It has the feel of the type of space opera common to Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds and has an interesting take on technology.

I look forward to one day reading this sequence from the beginning but for this award review that I would be unfair for me to make a judgement on its merits. I will plough on with the other entries, but for now this one remains unreviewed.

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