This was my fifth very lengthy title by Peter F. Hamilton, all of which in the same universe, and I have to say, this is the best one so far! And the rest got 4 stars from me as well, mind you. I don’t know if I finally acquired the taste needed to fully appreciate these stories, or if this one was actually really better than the previous ones. Whatever the case may be, I was engrossed. Again.
From one of the world’s best-selling science-fiction writers….
The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream’s deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.
Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance…but she is fast losing a race against time.
At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream’s Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed.
©2009 Peter F Hamilton (P)2009 Tantor Media, Inc
My thoughts: “Best one yet!”
Of course you’ll need to take your time with this one again. As always this more than 25-hour-listen requires your undivided attention, which is why I can’t listen to the entire trilogy in a one-week-long binge. Nevertheless, I always come back to the next one in the series, because these novels have definitely captured my imagination.
This second book in the Void trilogy really deepens both stories of this novel-within-a-novel, in an exciting way. There’s the scifi story with several well-loved characters, and then of course there’s the fantasy novel about Edeard, living his life on a planet in the Void.
The climax near the end of the novel is awesome, I have to say I thought “OMG Hamilton pulled a Game of Thrones!”. I won’t spoil what I mean by that, but you can give it a guess in the comment section 😎
And as if that weren’t enough, he also manages to add a third (sub)genre to this one novel, namely the superhero archetypal story. And on top of that, there was even a hint of Western this time. I loved it, it was so well done!
This story has everything I want from my novels: a thrilling plot, my three favorite genres, well fleshed-out characters, romance, adventure, high tech, magic, and some very, very skilled writing.
Narration, as always with John Lee, was absolutely superb.
Can’t praise this novel enough – money well, well spent!
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