#1 in series

The Skinner

Book 1 in the series

4.13 based on 3543 ratings & 147 reviews on Goodreads.com
Tor

Publication date: 02.10.2009
ISBN: 9780330512527
Number of pages: 592

Synopsis

The Skinner is the first book in Neal Asher's Spatterjay series set in a lethal waterworld.

To the remote planet Spatterjay come three travellers with very different missions. Janer is directed there by the hornet Hive-mind; Erlin comes to find the sea captain who can teach her to live; and Keech - dead for seven hundred years - has unfinished business with a notorious criminal.

Spatterjay is a watery world where the human population inhabits the safety of the Dome and only the quasi-immortal hoopers are safe outside amidst a fearful range of voracious life-forms. Somewhere out there is Spatterjay Hoop himself, and monitor Keech cannot rest until he can bring this legendary renegade to justice for atrocious crimes committed centuries ago during the Prador Wars.

Keech does not realize that Hoop's body is running free on an island wilderness, while his living head is confined in a box on an Old Captain's ships. Nor does he know that the most brutal Prador of all is about to pay a visit, intent on wiping out all evidence of his wartime atrocities. Which means major hell is about to erupt in this chaotic waterscape.

In the media

An exhilarating tour through one of the most ingeniously, elaborately deadly worlds since Harry Harrison invented Death World in the 1960s.
Locus
Crammed full of inventive technology, organic and artificial intelligence, horrible monsters, and a thick mesh of story lines.
SFX
His easy style and intriguing plot make for a great story that treats the reader as an adult rather than an educationally subnormal adolescent.
The Times