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)
I enjoyed this book. The sporadic story line was slightly discombobulating. Although, I really liked the dream sequences. The narrator wasn't overly compelling, but he did a decent job.
Unlike many sci fi authors, Hamilton successfully keeps the story in the time period. Many authors have a difficult time coming up with new technologies to fit the time period, or confidently introducing time-line appropriate pop culture references. They lean on what is familiar, such as making all the characters conveniently nostalgic for the same era the author grew up in, or they just show insufficient appreciation of scale by using updated versions of current technology that is already being replaced or advanced beyond the author's expectation by the time the series is completed.
Hamilton solves this dual problem first by causally introducing artists and pop culture references that aren't familiar to the reader, but in a context that makes it obvious what he's talking about. It shows that he's confident enough in the intelligence of his readers that we won't need an explanation for every unfamiliar pop culture reference.
The technology problem is solved by his completely abandoning current technology and putting obvious effort into researching the scale required, as well as the potential shortcomings, and then explaining it in a way that is believable.
I came to this without having read the Commonwealth Saga. You are dumped in a world where humanity is struggling to hold on to itself while striving to take the next steps. And you follow a cavalcade of interesting characters.
It sucks you in. I usually dont like political drama, but something about the mix of SciFi and the characters just sucked me in. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of other genres thrown in, but the politics are the anchor of this world.
This was my first audiobook and I am still working through the Commonwealth Saga which is also read by John Lee. I wish all the fiction books I have lined up were read by him.
Yes...if only that were possible
While I came to this trilogy without having read the Commonwealth Saga I am glad to see Hamilton did enough world building and back story in this to not make me feel left out or lost. In fact I kind of love doing it in the order I did. I love treating the Commonwealth as a prequel and seeing the origin stories of all theses facilitating characters.
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Just finished the first book in the Void series by Peter F. Hamilton and I couldn't get enough of "The Dreaming Void." I've read the Commonwealth a few years back and I absolutely loved it. The Void takes place about a thousand years after the Commonwealth saga and its just as good.
Wishing that I had more Audible credits to read the next book in the trilogy, but I have to admit that Hamilton is an outstanding writer when it comes to science fiction and space opera.
There is something about his style of writing that makes you get lost in the vast universe and makes your thoughts erect up to the point at climaxing. Toward the end of the book, you are begging to go again because his combination of the two genres interacts together with the complex storytelling and interesting characters.
Some of the main characters are back from Commonwealth. At the end of "The Dreaming Void", you are left with an uncertainly on what is going to happen next, but that is the reason of a trilogy. It's not necessary to read Pandora's Star or Judas Unchained, but those two books are almost like to prequel to the Void.
This one did not start as one that I even remotely liked. Initially, I wanted to return this for anything else. Fortunately, that didn't work so I slogged through the first hour or so. There are several stories that move the plot along and the movement between them seems to come without warning. Once you learn the characters and start to figure out what is really going things get interesting. By the end I was actually looking forward to listening to the second book in the series. Just take my word that no matter what, this is not a book or a series that can be picked up in the middle you have to start at the beginning and work your way through our it's like watching Lost starting at season 3.
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.
A great story on a grand scale, well told, fully developed characters, fascinating backdrops and enough science to keep your head spinning. Keep going back over segments of the story to crystallize the arc.
The people and the scale of the story.
Some parts surprising but it is the wealth of detail that really drives my interest. The author is to be applauded for his effort.
..from the Commonwealth Saga. This book is both a brand new story line and a continuation of (some of) your favorite characters from the prequel series. The new characters are very different but the blending of the new and old makes for a great story. I finished this trilogy weeks ago and i'm still thinking about some of the concepts Hamilton created. I had to repeat some parts of the book a couple times b/c a few of the concepts are very abstract but don't be deterred, everything makes sense in the end.
John Lee does a great job with the new voices as well as keeping the old voices the same. This made the story that much better for me.
You won't be disappointed.
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