Panoply, and the prefects who work for it, are a limited police force that regulates some aspects of life in the Glitter Band. Their jurisdiction is limited to two issues, insuring the honesty of the voting process that governs decision making in the Band, and also protecting the communications net that both allows communications between habitats and supports the virtual realities that most citizens choose to live in.
Other than those two issues, each habitat has complete autonomy when it comes to governing its own citizens. It turns out that even such a limited jurisdiction is perfectly capable of causing problems. As The Prefect opens, Tom Dreyfus, the prefect of the title, and his team are investigating possible voter fraud in House Perigal.
Almost immediately after their investigation is completed, another habitat is attacked and destroyed. All evidence points to an attack by an Ultra ship, and the case is quickly considered closed by almost everyone except Dreyfus, who suspects there is more going on than meets the eye.
It is his suspicions, and the story he uncovers in investigating them, that form the core of the story in The Prefect. And that story is a good one, eventually exposing a conspiracy against life in the Glitter Band, and also uncovering facts about Dreyfus' own life that had been erased from his memory.
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Along the way we meet several other interesting characters including Dreyfus' boss, Jane Aumonier, and two members of his team; Sparver, a hyper-pig, and Thalia Ng, a software expert and rookie prefect whose father was the only prefect ever executed for treason against Panoply. These characters, and the problems they find themselves faced with, make for a fast-moving plot that also provides us with a few more details in the history of Reynolds' Inhibitor universe. Alastair Reynolds has developed real skill in mixing a detective investigation mystery with a background that is as thoroughly hard science as anybody's.
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I finally had to conclude my time in the Revelation Space universe by reading this one the 7th and final book of the epic space opera. Sell it yourself. Chiku Red is space-bound: blasted into deep space to investigate Eunice Akinya's last journey, and maybe discover the final secrets of space travel. The Prefect is set in a time period between the events of Revelation Space and Chasm City , set in the Glitter Band, a group of 10, human-made habitats set in orbit near the planet Yellowstone in the Sky's Edge star system. Not available. I enjoyed uncovering the puzzle and felt satisfied by the end to have a pretty clear picture. Personalised recommendations A select list of articles that match your interests and tastes.
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