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)
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.
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.
Yes! John Lee's performance is excellent, with variation of character voices and rock solid narration with inflection and emotion.
It is epic in scope and polishes off the series very similarly to the way in which The Return of the King concludes that particular story. And given the nature of the Silfen, it's not an unwarranted comparison--I was especially pleased with the Silfen "roads", reminiscent of Tolkien's elves taking their journey out of Middle Earth. A not-so-loose tie-in.
I haven't finished the entire book yet but so far my favorite has been the flight of Araminta to escape the dreamers with the Silfen after the barrier goes up around Sol.
Humanity's Imperial Future Put To The Test
This is, without a doubt, the best of the series, including the two previous novels leading up to it. Starts off fast and continues at a breakneck pace without slowing down, and all sub-plots are dealt with masterfully. I can't recommend Temporal quite as much as this one, although I definitely would not skip any in the series. I was pleased that Hamilton did not re-explain everything. This book is for a fan, not a new reader. I am also glad that there's less time given to Edeard in the Void--though that is essentially the main thread of the book. I don't know how it ends yet, but looking forward to it.
I truely enjoyed this trillogy. The characters were engaging and the story detailed and interesting. This was a great conclusion with lots of excitement and twists. Well worth the hours put into listening.
Personally, I found this book to be very confusing compared to the other books in the Void series or the Commonwealth Saga. There are a lot of 'high' theoretical concepts that the reader is meant to grasp but that coupled with the frequent character story-line changes made it difficult to follow for me. Granted I listen to audiobooks all day long while at my office job so my attention isn't always 100% on the story. However, i do go back and relisten to hours of books if i find a part confusing but even that didn't help much this time.
The way Hamilton writes and integrates the story-lines is borderline genius but not using an actual name for a character and instead using an occupation (the delivery man) confused me from the very first book in this series. I thought two story-lines were the same character until they clearly weren't at the end of this book and that is not a spoiler in any way, i was just confused. The first book i listened to in this 'universe' was Pandora's Star (so i skipped misspent youth) but i found the beginning of that book to be very confusing b/c of all the character jumps and seemingly random events that happened. I felt about the same way in this book (but Pandora's Star turned out to be one of the best books i've listened to on Audible).
Not really a follow up book but a new series in the same universe would be nice, preferably with all new characters.
If you like Space Opera and enjoy the twists and turns of a complex and well-written story this is the book for you.
The consistency of the characters and plot from Book 1 - Book 3 and actually the books leading up to this series as well. The characters were fairly well developed and the plot, while complex could be understood even after taking long (several days) breaks between listens.
The depth and range of characters. I could feel them coming alive in my head.
The initial meeting with the Void
John Lee's voice takes a little getting used to. I heard a lot of him when I listen to all of Alastair Reynold's books. But, once you do, his voice is great.
All loose ends are tied up and there is closure for the characters
If you are into soap operas with their focus on human emotions and reactions to other humans actions and deceits AND you're a Sci Fi buff then you'll love this. It's All My Children 1000 years from now. I didn't care for the sex scenes as much as the science - call me boring!
Say something about yourself!
It takes a lot of hours of listening to get to this concluding volume of Hamilton's epic, multi-threaded tale (a rare reason to be thankful for a half-hour commute and otherwise boring yard work to do every week), but I was actually sorry to come to the end. The complexity and scope of this story is vast beyond describing (just about every contemporary SF trope is here in some clever form or other). You will just have to listen to it (or read it) yourself. Contrary to some other reviewers, I thought Hamilton did an excellent job of bringing all of the complexity to a satisfying conclusion even while making it clear that the universe will go on being complicated and mysterious, just like life itself. In that sense, no good story ever has a hard-stop ending. One story arc reaches its end, but others go on as long as life, in whatever form, remains. I've commented on various aspects of this series in reviews of the previous volumes, but let me add here that Hamilton is not just writing a story of "things that happen" in his imaginary universe. He is making very abstract, high-level comments on the nature of humanity, of morality, of the universe itself across the whole series. He is never obvious or in your face about this; these deeper questions are embedded in the story itself, and if you take the time there is a lot to ponder. You may not like this series if you aren't prepared to really commit your thought and attention to it (this is not for casual listening), but if you invest the effort you will be well rewarded.
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