Revenger by Alastair Reynolds. Science fiction novel with an interesting scenario. A solar system includes a vast number of asteroid habitats. Ships use solar sails to move between them, with a mixture of mid-Twentieth level technology and higher tech artefacts that have survived from the distant past in Vernor Vinge-esque "baubles". The protagonist and her sister enlist on a ship on a mission to retrieve from a baubles, but a pirate attack leaves her seeking revenge.
It's a great premise which allows for plausible human centred action in space. The analogies with 18th century sea stories are handled well, touched on but not overdone. The plot is well worked out.
Even so, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I ought. There are awkward conflicts of tone, where it can't quite decide whether it wants to be cynical and grimdark, or a rollicking adventure. The book might have been aimed at a YA audience, which means although we're constantly told how sadistic the baddie is, the menace is a bit toned down. Also some of the archaic slang used e.g "cove" for man, seems a bit grating.
Overall, not terrible, but a bit underwhelming.
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