Chasm City, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Come to Chasm City and embark on a mind-bending ride through the universe of Revelation Space Tanner Mirabel was a security specialist who never made a mistake - until the day a woman in his care was blown away by Argent Reivich, a vengeful young postmortal.

Tanner's pursuit of Reivich takes him across light-years of space to Chasm City, the domed human settlement on the otherwise inhospitable planet of Yellowstone. But Chasm City is not what it was. The one time high-tech utopia has become a Gothic nightmare: a nanotechnological virus has corrupted the city's inhabitants as thoroughly as it has the buildings and machines.

Before the chase is done, Tanner will have to confront truths which reach back centuries, towards deep space and an atrocity history barely remembers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575083158



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Alastair Reynolds is a tremendous science fiction writer. This book has detective noir, a devastating plague that attacks machinery (including the machinery that humans have implanted to enhance themselves), and a virus that causes the infected to have paranoid visions of a long dead psychopathic cult leader. This book may not have it all, but what it has is incredibly cool.Reynolds writes the science parts with precision and intelligence without making the reader feel like an idiot. He draws the reader in to the story and then mind-blowingly turns everything completely around.This is the second book I have read in the Revelation Space universe and I can't see waiting around very long to read the rest.Great read!

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An excellent, densely-layered, noir-flavoured sci-fi novel. The multiple plot threads were masterfully wound around each other, the setting was intense and deeply atmospheric, and clever revelations abounded (some of which I guessed in advance, but many were a great and delightful surprise. Of course, I probably would have benefitted from reading it in a more compressed timeframe, as I forgot too many details!). I will definitely be looking up more books by this author.

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