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Nevertheless I must admit I am quite pleased to read something that Neal has done away from the Polity for a change. Much as how G. There are no real rules for writers to abide by, as it is often said, but it is also said at least as often that if there was just one, it would be: Maybe she’ll have a role later. Saying that, I did not despise the sequences set on a Mars base being downsized in the most nightmarish way you can imagine. A better dystopian future has rarely been envisioned and then written as a tale. The decline of the world has been brought about by a big nightmare socialist government full of political correctness and hypocrisy.

This is the world Alan Saul wakes to in his crate on the conveyor to the Calais incinerator. Apr 27, Chris Berko rated it really liked it. Var leads the rebellion back in order to remove the enforcers and keep her colleagues alive. Markedly superior works of sf, needless to say — and not because they were without ideologies of their own, nor because those beliefs more closely aligned with mine, but because there was rather more to them than dubious politics and gratuitous violence garbed in genre fatigues. The politics and social setup are provocative and satirical, the characters actions are radical and violent. The politics in the book are just too heavy-handed. Surface Detail Iain M Banks 9. Yes, the second half more like last third is a bit unimaginative and more akin to a tech-thriller than sci-fi, but it serves as both, a conclusion of book one and intro two the forthcoming book two.

The Departure by Neal Asher Book Review

So she recreates a Rhine Drive and sends three warships with a “vortex missile” to engage Saul. As it turned out though, The Departure hardly qualifies as space-opera and only squeaks by as science fiction pretty much the way Superman does: Posted by Niall Alexander at The whole point of ghe a good book or a book in general doesnt have to be your fave author ,is not to have the writer tick all your political boxes so you can think what a clever guy you are for holding your hte views but its to conjure subjection and question theres and your own thoughts and create more.


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Using her custom-made virus, the Scour, she wipes out huge portions of the human population, and blames it all on Alan Saul. Clay doesn’t want that, because it means that thousands, maybe millions will die.

The Departure by Neal Asher

This makes for some interesting drama, thf when Saul reveals his big plan: To his left rose the Big Thingy, Also, descriptions of surgery really gross me out, so that was rough.

The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the ‘possessed’ to infiltrate more worlds.

In short, Ashfr so foregrounds his politics that it proves quite impossible to avoid them. But dystopian fans will enjoy. I don’t blame you for not wanting to read Asher’s other work based on this one. Saying that, I did not despise the sequences set on a Mars base being downsized in the most nightmarish way you can imagine. It was one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

This is the world where this electrifying story takes place. Want to Read saving….

Prose is good, although uneven. In this book he shows it is an idea worth exploring further.

It’s an interesting concept, and put into Asher’s hands it evolves rapidly to encompass every aspect you could imagine – and some you probably can’t. Before I go into my review of the novel, I need to give you a little background on what I was expecting.

The author also has an odd predilection for using ‘whilst’ instead of ‘while’ that I found distracting.

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Starting with the boring and overused amnesia plot device seriously, there are better ways to create suspensegoing to the action superhero who is faster, smarter and angrier than everyone else, who turns out to be a former autistic super scientist who refactoring himself, who also created an super ai, which surprise now is in his head making him to a super cyborg hacker Ok, well, my tastes have gravitated towards violent, uber dark sci-fi lately, and this is probably the best one I’ve read since the Takashi Kovaks novels by Richard Morgan.


Set in the 22nd century, Earth is being run by a global authority known as the Committee. I believe the author has workmanlike ability as a writer. There are no real rules syopsis writers to abide by, as it is often said, but it is also said at least as often that if there was just one, it would be: All of it is done with a generous level of extreme violence. Especially on the tech side. I have my problems with Neal Asher’s politics. Well, it thf a good story, where I’d expect descriptions about life in this dystopia I find mostly action sequences and gore.

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Still an A for the style, potential, a The Departure is a book of two halves; an exceptional first half and an unimaginative and little boring second half where only Neal Asher’s explosive style and his take-no-prisoners attitude towards modern liberal pieties kept me entertained and interested.

On a synoppsis Earth, Deprture Committee control every aspect of life or death and how much each person is worth. Anyone expecting that is probably going to find this book a bit of a shock. I have a huge man-crush on this author and will read soup can labels of his if he put them out. Apr 10, Sarah Vecchi rated it liked it Shelves: