At the center of the galaxy is the Void, a strange, artificial universe created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.
Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void and shares his visions with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage that the Raiel claim will trigger a catastrophic expansion of the Void.
Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he used to be or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that ought to help.
Meanwhile, inside the Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran, he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again. What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is reaching.
Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2007 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor
"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." (Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." (Kirkus)
(First of two-part review; see "The Temporal Void" for second half.) Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained together were one fantastic yarn. I was so looking forward to The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void, especially since it sounded like a nice follow-on with some of the same great characters. Sadly, IMHO, these latest two novels disappoint greatly. They are slow and plodding. The few characters that are carried over appear infrequently and add little interest. Perhaps 75% of the narrative is given over to the accounts of Eddyard <spelling?> and his friends and enemies, as relayed in "dreams" projected by first one and then another dreamer. Through some magic, everyone in the universe receives these dreams and fall under their spell. Indigo, the first "dreamer", uses his dreams as the basis for for founding a religion of sorts, but then he goes AWOL. All the key competing good and bad factions go searching for him. The second "dreamer" doesn't realize that she's picked up where he left off until everyone then starts chasing her. After she stops broadcasting, there's actually a third "dreamer" near the end, but his dreaming contributes little. The dreams about Eddyard & Co. become EXCEEDINGLY boring ... by the time I heard the narrator (who valiantly struggles on with this tripe) announce the start of "Indigo's Tenth Dream" I thought I was going to run into the head and slit my wrists. Eddyard is some sort of orphan on a world inside the "Void" who develops magical <read: increasingly unbelievable> telekinetic powers. He reshapes embryos, stops speeding bullets, is more powerful than a speeding locomotive, ... well, you get the picture - Harry Potter with a touch of Superman. It gets real old. Eddyard and his friends live in a midieval Iron Age world, with no electricity and barely have running water and toilets. (Jump to second half.)
If only the universe were really like this. But perhaps it is, somewhere. I found this book very entertaining, and have enjoyed the previous books as well. I hope Audible will soon add the next in the series to its collection.
which I obviously didn't have, since I listened to part 1, then part 3, completely skipping part 2, and didn't even notice until it ended. Except it didn't end, it just 'paused' until the next book is available. So I guess when Audible gets the next book, I'll go back and listen to this one, all 3 parts, in order, then maybe I'll enjoy it more!
I had never read any of the author's previous works, so I came in with no previous perspective. At first, the story seemed very confusing and hard to follow. However, the more closely I listened, I began to understand the plot threads, and see the connections in the characters. I was almost ready to give up until the first scene where Aaron shows what he can do. After that, I didn't want to stop listening. I can't wait for book two!
I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.
I have been a huge fan of the two books prior to this one... It seems that this one takes place quite a while after the last installment of "Judas Unchained"... I really loved "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained" and was relly looking forward to this continuation of the the story, but I found this one really hard to follow and even harder to hold my attention. It was a real let down until the very end when it finally got going good. Just as I finally got interested, the book ended, and I hear the announcer tell me that this was just the first in 3 installments for this story. Audible does not have any of the others listed. I really would like to give the next book in the set a try. After reading "Pandora's Star" and Judas Unchained" I feel that as the previous books in the series were slow to start, so would be this one ... It seems that I was right... I just did not figure that it would take the entire book for the story to get started... Audible... Please get the rest of the series!!!
The narrative is disjointed and poorly written. I started this book twice (around an hour and a half into it the first time, I realized that my mind was wandering); the second time I forced myself to listen carefully, and still my mind wanted to wander. It's supposed to be entertaining, not so much work. Skip this one.
Epic, as usual. I wish it told more of a story on it's own without leaving everything hanging for the next book. I like the narrator's voice and characterizations, but am put off by the lack of pauses between scenes. Not as bad in this book as some other books narrated by John Lee, but still annoying.
I really enjoyed the Pandora's Star trilogy. Sadly, The Dreaming Void reads like fan fiction. The characters refer reverentially to characters and events from the Pandora's Star trilogy. This is nauseating and lazy. I found the new advanced culture and the characters that inhabit it difficult to relate with. What does it mean that you give up your body and get uploaded into a computer? Why do people who live for centuries act every bit as petty as people today? Do they not have any personal growth, or anything that looks like wisdom (or even maturity)? The gratuitous sex also is sillier and more distracting than in the first trilogy.
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