This isn't published until next year, so a detailed review from me now would be premature. But I have read it, and if you are asking the question 'should I be looking forward to this one?' then I can answer: yes. Yes, you should.
One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards . . .The utopian, or neartopian, world is well-handled, actually: believable and engaging. Here's the thing: utopia, by definition (by dissolving away the conventional obstacles and conflicts that inform 'drama') is often the enemy of an engaging, exciting read. But somehow Reynolds (and thinking back, I'm really not sure how he does pulls this off) manages not to get bogged down by that at all. His future solar system is managed by a benign surveillance AI called the 'aug'; crime and disease are rarities -- yet Blue Remembered Earth still somehow construes a genuinely gripping mystery/crime/chase thriller out of this world without it feeling forced. The best thing about the fact that almost all (or possibly, I'm not sure, actually all) the characters are people of colour is the way this fact is simply a feature of the novel's future world, unshowboated and unremarked. There's plenty of ingenious gosh-wow and hmm-cool, and above all the plot is, as ever with Reynolds, disgustingly readable. The worst you could say is that there's the slight whiff of Nancy Drew about the trail-of-crumbs clues and mystery portion -- a sense (not unpleasurable) that the reader is being manipulated along the steps of the solution in order to provide the Cooks Tour of this particular Reynoldsworld. But the pay-off, which could have been anticlimactic, worked very well; and the whole thing is just an extremely accomplished piece of writing.