Revenant Gun is the stunning end to Yoon Ha Lee’s incredible Machineries of Empire trilogy.
When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he’s a seventeen-year-old cadet–but his body belongs to a man decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general. Surely a knack for video games doesn’t qualify you to take charge of an army?
Soon Jedao learns the situation is even worse. The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him thanks to a massacre he can’t remember committing. Kujen’s friendliness can’t hide the fact that he’s a tyrant. And what’s worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself…
Just as in the first two books, we’re kept guessing until the end. How is Jedao going to pull this off? What is Cheris up to? Who is the real villain in all of this?
I love that even after two books, I didn’t see half of the twists coming! So many moving parts, so many opportunities for betrayal and backstabbing! So many Jedaos! I was biting my nails throughout the story, unable to stop turning the pages.
Not only does the plot continue to be amazing, the characters are so incredibly fleshed out. Jedao continues to be a really conflicting and conflicted character with a lot of nuances. He’s a mass murderer, among other things, but I couldn’t help but hope for redemption and happiness for him. He’s a fascinating character.
Cheris is equally fascinating, balancing her own personality with remnants of Jedao in her head. I’d have liked to spend more time with her throughout the story.
We also get POV sections from other characters, Inneser, Brezan, Kujen, Hemiola and Mikodez, all of which have rich inner landscapes and backstories. None of the characters ever felt thin. I love that the servitor Hemiola remixes dramas when it is bored.
Revenant Gun wouldn’t be the amazing space opera that it is without incredible battles and high stakes, and oh did Yoon Ha Lee deliver. The stakes are so very high and the battles are so very tense. Revenant Gun is a delightfully balanced story with a satisfying end.
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