Terminal World

Written by:
Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2010
19 hours 49 minutes
Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different-and rigidly enforced-level of technology.

Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police but by the very nature of reality-and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability.
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Matthew D.

Alastair Reynolds's best work is reminiscent of Iain M. Banks, but this book is reminiscent of Philip Jose Farmer.

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Story ends with almost no reveals. Like it was written for a book 2 like everything else now days and it wasn’t good enough to make another. Whatever the author had in mind with this whole story, I guess we’ll never know

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Marc B.

I read these with the idea of being entertained and stimulated. I do agree with Matthew D. that it is reminiscent of Ian Banks. I like Farmer, he is talented but not a writer in the class of Reynolds. That being said, read All of these wonderful authors ! Even if you rate one of them mediocre to the others that one is still some of the best that you will ever read!

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George G.

The book has a nice plot line and there is a depth in the descriptions of the wolrd. The big problem is the truncated ending. Way too may lose ends with no plans for a follow up. Disappointing!

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Jason W.

This book was a fun ride with many characters. I have a couple of complaints. The book never fleshed out what cataclysmic event caused the current state of the world. I guess to leave it open for more books, but online I see that this is a stand alone novel. That brings me to my major gripe. If this is a stand alone book, then why not give some sort of closure. It left so many unanswered questions and such a cliffhanger that I may not listen to anymore of the authors books (Unless he writes a second book with some conclusions to this story in it). Needless to say it made me so angry the expletive's were flying. I would have given it 5 stares if it had any resemblance of closure.

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Pol Reamonn

Ambitious in size and scale, but I don't feel it truly delivered what it promised. Intriguing but unsatisfying.

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Emma M.

Terminal World is a solid sci-fi adventure novel with a really interesting central conceit. I'd recommend it.

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Jeffrey H.

Quirky and great fun.

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