Enjoy the adventure
Good follow-up to “The Dreaming Void”. More details on the cool technology introduced in the first book and continuation of an intriguing storyline with many sub-plots. Since this is the 2nd book in the trilogy, I expected a drop off in novelty, but hoped the book would deliver high entertainment value. Basically, I knew what I was getting into and was not disappointed.
I also realized that I must be a Peter Hamilton fan. I have listened to 5 of his books and enjoy his mix of tech, storytelling and action. Importantly, I do not find myself getting bored and wondering “what’s on TV?”.
I would love to recommend this entire series to anyone who just wants escape with a great story.
The way all the books tie together is something of a work of art! Never has a book ran together so seemlessly.
Another great! have not read one of his books that i did not like.
of course Page 1 to the END!
Hamilton is perhaps THE tech-based sci-fi author out there. He explores the human condition as it might be, as it might evolve with our own technology. With the 'Void', Hamilton presents us with an artificial reality writ so large, so manifest, and so tempting that the reader must closely examine what it is to be human, even when 'humanity' transcends the physical. Serious good space opera with a human core. Well worth the read.
Reminded me of Aristoi, by Walter John Williams
Lee excels at presenting a plethora of characters, races and factions. A wry tone preserves the humanity in this story which so far exceeds humanity as to be nearly unrecognizable.
Post-Human? Or Post-Humous?
Not for young readers/listeners. Adult themes and language, with extreme violence.
I finished the entire series a few weeks ago and i've given it a lot of thought since then. This is a really great series, probably my favorite of the 'modern' sci-fi genre so far. I listened to all five books (Commonwealth Saga+Void Trilogy) w/o much pause b/c i couldn't stop myself.
In terms of the Void Trilogy alone, the second entry is superior to the first simply b/c the characters and the society are more established. If you listened to the Dreaming Void and the prequel series, the Commonwealth Saga (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained) already, I'm sure you don't need my review to encourage you to continue. You won't be disappointed!
John Lee, as always, does a fantastic job and hardly needs to be mentioned b/c he is so consistently good. This was a great listen that i will probably repeat in a few months!
I thought the first book was interesting and pretty good, but this one is excellent. The characters are quite compelling and the story takes great direction. By the end you can't wait to get into the 3rd and see what happens.
I think the fantasy sub-story was fascinating.
If you liked the first book, you will like this one. It features renewed emphasis on the fantasy sub-story in the dream sequences,
Say something about yourself!
I often check the reviews of the second and third books in a trilogy BEFORE reading the first just to make sure I'm not making a commitment I don't want to keep. If that's what you're doing, don't hesitate -- this series is worth the time, attention, and effort it will demand of you. Some of the mysteries of the Void begin to deepen in this second volume, and it becomes more sinister as well as more alluring. The coming of age saga of Edeard matures as well, and some of the fun goes out of that part of the tale, even while it begins to explore some serious moral questions in ways that surprised me (pleasantly) at times. As more of the science of the Void emerges, it begins to lose some of its fantasy quality, but for me that was a plus, not a minus. The other six or seven story lines that Hamilton always insists on weaving together begin to emerge as important and compelling in their own right, with the return of the Sylvan paths (see the earlier novels in this universe - Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained) to prominence as especially welcome and well done. Middle books in trilogies are often the weakest part of the series, but in this case that is just not so. It just keeps getting better as you go.
Great Listen with very few boring parts. Hamilton has incredible detail to make the universe very interesting. Lee is a good narrator that keeps it interesting.
Hamilton does a great job with the universe he has created. Mixing technology and the social impacts of that technology in a believable series of events.