Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds 

it was ok

** This review will contain SPOILERS! **

The overwhelming feeling on finishing this book was how much of a missed opportunity this was. Had the author chosen to write a full length story rather than a novella this could have been so much better.

As it stands the characters are hugely underdeveloped, only two or three of them actually form any kind of impression in the readers mind with the rest acting like extras in a crowd scene.

The idea of Orvin being hidden amongst a population which was supposedly made up of ‘dregs’ and war criminals should have meant that a rival faction would appear given that there was so much available space on the ship. Instead everyone supposedly hunts him down unquestioningly. Even that hunt is resolved with no resistance in the end, Orvin just gives up with no resistance or final stand – least effective nemesis ever!

As for the premise of sending down people to a pre-industrial civilization to try and help them advance… it’s laughable that we’re expected to believe that a military criminal from a spacegoing society is going to be able to teach people who speak a different language medicine or metallurgy.

The whole story reads as though the author had an imminent deadline meaning he had no time to flesh out the story or an editorial decision resulted in a large chunk being removed.


** I received a free ebook of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **


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