Inhibitor Phase
by Reynolds, Alastair

Hiding from a cybernetic entity determined to kill all remaining humans, a small group of people, led by Miguel de Ruyter, must take on a near-suicide mission when a refugee ship threatens to lead the enemy right to them.

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap, Diamond Dogs, and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.

*Starred Review* It's the late years of the twenty-eighth century and the Inhibitors (also known as "wolves") have been culling humanity over the past two centuries. Miguel de Ruyter is kidnapped in such a way that the sanctuary he has fought hard to keep hidden stays hidden. The demi-conjoiner, Glass, has done so in the hope he will cooperate in helping her in a desperate attempt to stop the wolves. She also begins to restore him to his previous identity as a ruthless soldier and brother to Nevil Clavain (see Redemption Ark, 2002). That transformation slowly occurs as they rejoin another demi-conjoiner and her companion, a hyperpig; recover Gideon stones from the Swinehouse hidden in what remains of Chasm City; race to Ararat to swim among the Pattern Jugglers; and in discovering its location; head to Charybdis to find a hidden Nestbuilder ship in an attempt to unleash the Incantor. As always, Reynolds' space opera is intense because of compelling characterizations blended with explorations of hard science and world building. A standalone that connects with past Revelation Space books without spoiling them, Inhibitor Phase is a fine introduction to his popular series as well as a satisfying continuation. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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