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)
Peter F. Hamilton is now one of my favorite writers. Very solid characters. Compelling story. Excellent presentation. Look forward to more from him.
I am a huge sci-fi drama fan and when I came across the Void series after listening to the other Peter F. Hamilton books. I listened to this book when it came out but I just relistened to the entire void series to hear them as one book.
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What a wonderful trip this was. It just kept getting better. Bravo Mr. Hamilton. Your work covers all the bases and illuminates the situations from such diverse points of view. The dangerous dogma of the Dreamers is such an appropriate metaphor for a contemporary equivalent.
First, I've disliked the narrator's reading style throughout the trilogy. John Lee's method of reading, to me at least can only be described as "funereal". His voice deflects downward at the end of each sentence, and indeed, at times, if feels as if it's at the end of each phrase, a style of reading that I immediately found extremely annoying. Still, through the first two books, and into the thrid, the story carried me along, despite the reader.
Until the very end... The story became so contrived it seemed that Mr. Hamilton just wanted to end it. For maybe the third time in my life I failed to complete a book. Between the annoying narrrator and the deteriorating story line, I just simply couldn't get through it. It's really too bad. The trilogy was great up to the end. I'm sure the narrator's style didn't bother others. But for me his "style" was very annoying. In the end, I could only give this volume a 3 rating, and that was based more on the greatness of the over all trilogy, than this book standing alone.
A continuation of "The Commonwealth Saga", the void trilogy does tie in enough nostalgic characters and places to remind you of the well-written universe in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Unfortunately, the technology in this series has moved a little too far ahead, and it's hard to really believe that society itself is so far behind when the technology is so far ahead. The dreams of this series could be a story themselves, and are very engaging. But like the technology, the advancement of the psychic talents in the Makkathran world have progressed too much, ultimately just becoming a let down... like the end of the book also is. The first book in the void trilogy was the best of the three, but Hamilton should have just ended the commonwealth with Judas Unchained.
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you have to read the first 2 books for this to make any sense at all, this is the one that finishes the story off and it does it in a great way - many people go into the Void but someone important comes out - if you are waiting for an ending that can be predicted you are going to be surprised, like everything from Peter F. Hamilton the ending is always something you didn't see coming, even if you know that there is an ending that is not what is expected you will still get it wrong - PFH does another great trilogy here and if you haven't read PS (Pandoras Star) and JU (Judas Unchained) go and do so - you should read them first but in case you haven't its no big deal to do it now
I am so sad to have the saga end. I just hope Hamilton finds it in himself to carry on the commonwealth saga. I've started reading the Dysfunction series, but it just doesn't compate to the Star and Void books.
Whats Next ? Does the Series Continue ? I want more..... If you like adventure and Scifi its all here, you need to really start at the beginning and end up here. amazing series.... keep it coming
If you like big stories with wild plots, interesting characters, and themes upon which to think about for weeks, start with Pandora's Star and listen through the entire series until you get to this one. And if the superb writing isn't awesome enough, John Lee's reading will completely captivate you. These are very credit worthy listens.
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