It's an excellent introduction to Reynold's Revelation Space series. It is actually a prequel of sorts, so you wouldn't be jumping into the middle of an arc. I would actually recommend getting a copy of Galactic North as well. A series of short stories which provides some insights into the Conjoiner/Demarchist dichotomy that is a major part of the Revelation Space saga. Moreover, The Prefect is a very good read.Another SF book spotted in the charity shop - Alastair Reynolds, The Prefect.
A decent introduction to Reynolds, or should I look for something else by him?
I think the author is aware of the trouble with trilogies. In a description of the process he followed for the Poseidon's Children trio, he adds that each could, after all, be read as a stand alone. Didn't quite start out that way, but, oh, well.House of Suns and Pushing Ice are also excellent stand alones. Incidentally Pushing Ice is another Fermi Paradox novel.
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