By Alastair Reynolds
I received a free copy of Slow Bullets in exchange for my honest opinion.
From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.
A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be.
On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship.
Passengers—combatants from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.
Summary from Goodreads.
So much promise for the first 2/3 of this, and I was completely let down at the end. We follow Scur and her path throughout a war that she never intended of being apart of, to being stuck in a prisoner transport vessel.
I love the concept of being stuck-out-of-time and not knowing what is really happening to you. Scur, and the other people stuck in the same predicament as her, react as well as you could expect some would.
The first 2/3’s of Slow Bullet effectively show how humanity and make ends meet even in the most dire of situations, but once all this amazing plot development occurred, for me at least, it was all lost in a few sentences. Others may enjoy this twist, but it felt like Reynolds wanted wrap things up quickly and unfortunately he did not give it the care and attention that the rest of the book got.
This may be the right book for some people who enjoy books that leave you wondering what will happen once you have read the last word.
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