An innovator praised as one of the inventors of "the new space opera", Peter F. Hamilton has also been hailed as the heir of such golden-age giants as Heinlein and Asimov. His star-spanning sagas are distinguished by deft plotting, engaging characters, provocative explorations of science and society, and soaring imaginative reach. Now, in one of the most eagerly anticipated offerings of the year, Hamilton brings his acclaimed Void trilogy to a stunning close.
Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent - or facilitate - the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy - energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies...from everything that lives.
Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer, continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies - and temptations more powerful still.
With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.
Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2010 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2010 Tantor
"Epic, multi-stranded, full of wonders." (SFX)
I know...I know...Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, and then The Void Trilogy. That equals almost 150 hours of time. However, this is, by far, the best collection of deeply developed characters, interesting plot, and well-thought out technical explanations of far-in-the-future technology ever rolled together into one story. You won't regret listening to a minute of it. Actually, you'll be upset that the story is over. Peter Hamilton is the God of Science Fiction (if science fiction allows such a thing). My kids will listen to these books. John Lee is the God of Narrators, too. Doesn't get any better than this!
The book is definitely worth the time (especially if you've already heard the other books), but the plot seemed to be a bit wangled.
I really enjoyed the book. Wrapped up nicely!! I would recommend the book to any one who likes space operas
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The Void series takes a LOT of concentration; it has many threads, timelines, dreamlines, and characters (several with multiple instances). Some of the themes are so wild that they cross from science fiction to fantasy then to philosophy. The author writes very intelligently and many of the characters are interesting and well developed. I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the characters but it is just way too much for three novels. By the end of the series quite a lot of stuff had happened, but due to the abstract nature of some subthemes I found it difficult to really care. This is a talented writer but I really prefer a little less. Judas Unchained was complex, but Judas was simple minded compared to the Void.
I have to say, Peter Hamilton's writing style is very immersive. My complaint however, after waiting months and months, is that the ending is just plain crap. With all three volumes I listened to 70+ hours of storytelling. The ending felt as though it were thrown together in a ramshackle fashion. It seemed as though the author was looking at the word count and realized he had to wrap things up rather too quickly. He threw in the ending as a magical farce to an otherwise fun and fulfilling story. Surely Hamilton could have done a better job putting the final touches on this story rather than ending it with the abrupt surprise solution that he did. I was very disappointed and felt that I wasted my 70 hours getting to the end.
Enjoy the adventure
The key players from the previous 2 books gather for the series finale and everyone is rushing to finish their story. The book moves fast. The narrative rushes at you and the futuristic concepts left me with my mouth open. Despite the sub-plots and infighting among the characters, the overriding plot line is the continued existence of the Galaxy. Will it be destroyed or saved. I was not certain until the end and could see it go either way.
The Void Trilogy is one of the very few series I have ever completed. Usually, I start a series, but then see that a new book has been released and I never return. I am easily manipulated by marketers because I love the new and the shiny. This series kept my attention.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
Reading anything from Peter F. Hamilton is like sci-fi poetry. "The Evolutionary Void", the last book in the Void Trilogy is the perfect ending to an epic story and almost perfect from anything regarding science fiction. Hamilton is a true poet in this genre and I am never disappointed when I crack open any of his titles. I read the "Commonwealth Saga" a few years ago as my introduction to this author and even since then, I enjoyed almost anything that I've read from him..
Peter F. Hamilton does not rhymes his words, but has an artistic expression of language at tells a vivid stories that are out of this world.
If you already read Commonwealth, you will be impress with the Void. The universe continues on and comes to an end that you least expected. I took my time at finishing the Void Trilogy because unlike the Black Hole, Hamilton's words eventually stops.
Hamilton is truly in a class of his own. The plot twists, character development, and tech in his books are second to none. So this review is comparison of this work to Hamilton's other work. The book started off strong and then it drifted in the middle and became somewhat predictable. It was somewhat of a letdown after strong finishes for the prior 2 books in the series, but still a good listen. Towards the end it picked up again, but it was too little too late.
The Ozzy scenes were a bit disappointing. I was expecting him to be less wishy washy and more hands on like in Pandoras Star or Judas Unchained. It was a bit anticlimactic after all the build up. I also would also have liked to see some conclusion to the SI's story, some sort of punishment for Alanthi, and a larger role for Adamenta at the end. I guess that's what happens when there are too many superstars in one place. They all have to share the limelight. I don't think Troblum even had a speaking part in the Void. That said, the bit with Macathran and Gore and everything about elevation was pretty cool. Also it would have been cool if the Sol barrier had been broken at the end.
Well I'll just hope for something more in Hamilton's next series. I really like the characters and worlds in this one though. I hope it is not the last we see of them.
The first books can be a little confusing but by this one you know every character and are completely consumed by their actions. The only tough part is wanting to know what everyone is doing at all times because you love all of them equally and having to wait.
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