I enjoyed the story, the SciFi and the characters. However, the books are so long and so detailed it's easy to miss critical points.
Many interesting ideas, but WAY too long. Many scenes didn't further the main (or even secondary) plots or the characters in any way and seemed just self indulgent, included only to add unnecessary complexity. SERIOUSLY needed editing. Computers and munitions were invulnerable when the plot demanded it and completely vulnerable to hacking/destruction when the plot demanded it. No sense of scale in these matters. The ending just fizzled out. After all of the exorbitant buildup of intrigue, many threads weren't resolved very satisfyingly, if at all. And if I never hear the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete" again... (What's wrong with just "concrete"?)
By the way, John Lee was superb.
I gave the first book in the series a lukewarm review mostly because I did not realize there was second book and after 28 hours, I wanted a resolution. Hamilton goes to great lengths...like Turtledove...to develop his characters. They are so complex and the story line so twisted that you never really know where the truth is at any one time. Nothing is as it seems and after finishing this 2nd book, I can appreciate why the author took us on this convoluted route to the conclusion. My advise is to sit back and enjoy the landscape that Hamilton creates for you. His attention to detail is amazing....so much I am not sure how he keeps it all straight. Every scene is painted in detail, which could be seen as annoying but really ends up immersing you in the characters and the storyline.
Ozzie.....hands down....and the clone detective
Wilson's awakening with the Sylvan
A fantastic and deep look at a strange possible human future that didn't start out with a spaceship! If you like alisdair Reynolds, this is for you.
This book gets better every time I listen to it. As a serial re-listener, I love the complexity of Hamilton's books. You can feel free to just lose yourself in the twisty plot lines the first time through, then over another few listens, focus on the masterful ways you and the full cast of characters were deceived. Love, love this two-book set (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained) and I love the follow-up Void trilogy just as much, maybe even more. Write more books, please, Mr. Hamilton! And make sure you always have the unparalleled Mr. John Lee to narrate them! Listening to anything read by Mr. Lee is a joy.