The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata

By Iain M. Banks

  • Release Date: 2012-10-04
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
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Description

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation.

An ancient people, organised on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilisations: they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous.

Reviews

  • Best culture novel

    5
    By Quinny7208
    Simply the best culture novel by a light year. Ships, drones , avatars, great battles and story line!
  • Magnificent

    5
    By Imnotawhinger
    I've read most of Banks's work but still I'm astounded by the power of his imagination. Reading about the Culture, experiencing existence through their senses you hope, and pray if that works for you, this is the future we're heading for.
  • Great Book

    5
    By Livepog
    One of his best Culture books, such a great pity it was his last. I have enjoyed the steady building and understanding of the Culture societies, the Minds and their symbiotic relationship with the humans. The optimism that our technology will eventually create an amazing society is so lacking in other Science Fiction. Also his tackling of how our living with that technology effects our concept of death, health and the hereafter I find heartening and in no way challenging faith. His death was I am sure a great loss to his family as all deaths are, but also in our limited way, a loss to us who knew him through his writing.
  • Sad

    5
    By BrandlinX
    I don't think they have invented the superlatives to describe how I feel about this book. Majestic, mesmerising, confounding and poignantly sad are a few that apply. I am also saddened that I shall never read a new book from Iain M Banks. Thank you.
  • Great epitaph to genius

    5
    By Nathan Brown
    I read this book both with Iain here and gone. It's a typical Banks (M) tour de force, sweeping story, complex characters, unbridled imagination. Enjoy and remember Iain Banks genius
  • Great book, as always from Banks

    5
    By TPKJ
    I really enjoyed reading this book, if you like Culture books where the Minds feature heavily (such as Excession) this one is definately for you. It is so very sad this will be his last Culture book, I shall miss his writings very much.
  • The hydrogen sonata

    5
    By Is 'H'
    As good as ever...... Well up to Ian's standard.
  • Incredible

    4
    By Zero23213
    Great read. I've only just started reading the culture books and enjoyed this thoroughly.
  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    5
    By paulythedogg
    An excellent read.
  • Ok if you like Banks

    3
    By 46gb
    A good culture book. Not vintage. Readable

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