The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. BanksThe Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata

byIain M. Banks

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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The New York Timesbestselling Culture novel...
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized 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 civilizations; 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 civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.
Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel,The Wasp Factory, in 1984.Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.
Title:The Hydrogen SonataFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316212369

ISBN - 13:9780316212366

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book. This is a great addition to the Culture series. It is epic, funny, intriguing; all the things you have come to expect from Banks.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from didn't disappoint The last book in the series didn't disappoint. Immersive and epic with a flowing plot and continually well-developed characters.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Last - not best I have enjoyed all the culture novels, including this one. Generally immersive and I did read it in a few straight days on holiday. Less involved plot than many other of the culture novels, with less in the way of narrative twists. Minor niggles - highly readable and fits well within the collection.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Amazing book, best since 'Phlebas' and 'Player of Games'. Mr. Banks, I wish you the very best in your battle.
Date published: 2013-05-03

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