Review of Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds in 1 minute

Although Inhibitor Phase can be read as a stand-alone novel, it’s far better to read the three previous novels that establish the universe where the story takes place. If you want to do that – or at least dip your toe in with the first book – here are the links …

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Inhibitor Phase is an action-packed adventure set in a universe where all intelligent life faces a bizarre existential threat.

The tech ideas come thick and fast. But Reynolds isn’t using conjuring tricks. Instead, mind-bending consequences are extrapolated from contemporary physics and cosmology. It’s a distinctive hallmark that’s apparent in all four books: especially the first.

Character development in Inhibitor Phase is economical. We get to learn more about each member of our band of allies as they, too, learn more about each other. And learn they must as they dig deep in their attempts to evade and seek a solution to the problem of their common foe.

This is no damp squib afterthought to the other three books: on the contrary, it’s a worthy addition to the series. That said, for me it doesn’t quite scale the giddy heights of the earlier books, which deliver a greater payload of big ideas, intriguing weirdness and cosmic complexity.

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