The prefect

Hardcover, 410 pages

English language

Published Jan. 6, 2008 by Ace Books.

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Aurora Rising (originally titled The Prefect) is a 2007 science fiction novel by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds. It is the fifth novel set in the Revelation Space universe, and takes place prior to the four previously released Revelation Space novels, but after some of the short stories. A sequel, Elysium Fire, was released in January 2018.While the novel takes place in the Revelation Space universe, it has little connection to the other novels.

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5 stars

Part detective story, part science fiction, I really enjoyed this book; it was a nice twist to the Revelation Space setting and filled in a few more pieces of history in that universe. I thought the book kicked off in high gear right from the get go and moved along at a brisk pace after that. I look forward to the next story from the Revelation Space universe.


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