Hammilton does again. Creating a truely manificient Si-Fi future, with a magnitude of ideas and technology I for one have not come across before. The ..Show More »plot unwinds slowly - this book alone is over around a 1000 pages and the story continues in the newly released follow-up. But that does not make Hammilton a slow writer - the story is facinating and captivating all the way through.
Reades migh be confused by the sheer number of characters and parallel plotlines, as well as the little trick of inserting a series of dreams essential to the plot inbetween the normal chapters. But rest assured knowning that Hammilton is the man to bring it all together to create that perfect picture in the end (the eventual end, that is).
It might be recommended that you start with Pandoras Star followed by Judas Unchained, since a few characters reapper (and that series is now completed). Not essential though, as the timeline has progressed 1200 years, and the plot is all new.
Hammilton is a must-read for Si-Fi fans, but be warned: Like me, you might not be able to turn it off. Beam me up.
For my money, Peter Hamilton is the best writer of space operas working today. Like all of his books, this one has a cast of many characters, frequent..Show More » shifts in perspective between at least 8(!) storylines that initially seem unrelated, some great action sequences, lots of interesting speculation about far future technologies, and an occasional need for an editor.
This book takes place 1500 years after his last two-book series (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained). Some of the characters from that series are still around, due to the virtual immortality provided by future medicine, but knowing the previous books is not required, though it will make some of the story more interesting.
As the first book of three, this one starts a bit slower than Pandora's Star, but builds over the first third or so of the audiobook to become a really compelling story that weaves together the stories of a far-future hitman, the leader of a religious movement, a semi-omniscient AI, a young woman launching a business career, and a young man who initially seems to be living in a fantasy novel. And yet, as the story comes together, these desperate elements weave together into a story about interstellar intrigue and an upcoming event that could threaten the galaxy.
I thought this was an excellent start to a new space opera, much better than Hamilton's Nights Dawn series, but not as immediately action-packed as the previous Pandora's Star novels. Some segments run a bit long, and the occasional sex scenes can seem a trifle gratuitous, but if you like sprawling novels with dozens of characters (think George RR Martin, but in space) and innovative space opera spanning dozens of worlds, this is a great, very well-read choice.
I've had to spend some time in various hospitals lately, and just by luck I found that several different book series I've enjoyed in the 'not so dista..Show More »nt' past had more books added to them that I had somehow missed... NOTHING makes you actually ENJOY time spent in the Hospital like knowing you have several Awesome, LONG, books to get through.. the kind of books you can't put down! In the hospital, aside from the occasional test you get wheeled out to, you get to listen to good books as long as you want to without feeling guilty about your horses starving, your dogs needing flea treatments, etc... Nope! Nothing to do but lay there and wish that your well-meaning visitors would go home and let you get back to your book!
You know how it goes when you get near the end of a good series of books... you keep looking at how much time is left, and dreading the time winding down to the finish, because the next book you listen to by another author can't possibly be nearly as good as the book you're about to finish... How can new characters compete with the characters you've come to know and like in your current book? ("I don't want a NEW puppy, I want my old dog back!" ;)
Such was the case as I wound up the last book in "The Subterrene War" series, 'Chimera' by T. C. McCarthy... With heavy heart, I got on here with my laptop, and with IV hoses hanging out of the backs of both hands I typed up my review, and finished it up with, "off to try to find another of those rare books that will leave me sleep deprived"... as luck would have it, with the very next left-click I stumbled right into 'The Void Trilogy'! How I missed it all this time, I don't know, since I really liked "The Commonwealth Saga" and *thought* I had been keeping an eye out for more books in the series!!! Duh!
Near the end of Book 1, "The Dreaming Void", I became afraid I was getting well and the doctors were going to send me home! A few chapters into book 2 here, and my wife accused me of making up new symptoms so I could stay longer! Luckily, she was only one book behind me herself and had a rather decent "Guest Bed" in my private room, so she didn't rat me out to the doctors, knowing they'd make HER leave if *I* left, and she wanted to at least finish the first book before we went home ;)
Seriously though, you can't just "Kinda pay attention" to this series of books, you HAVE to keep up with what's going on, meaning you may have to hit the "Back Up 30 Seconds" icon on your iPhone a few times if you feel like you've missed something. The more attention you pay to what's going on, the more raw enjoyment you get from Hamilton's Books! How he can write novels that are so detailed, technical (yet easily understandable), and far-reaching is way beyond me! By the end of Book 1 he's got so much going on that you feel like there's no way you'll be able to keep up with it all, yet somehow, you do!
...In "The Temporal Void", the author puts even more balls into the air, and you just know there's no way he's going to be able to pull this mass of characters and situations together in a way that you'll enjoy enough to cause you to dive right into the next book in the series... yet somehow, he does!
The series just keeps getting better! Hamilton's novels are HUGE, without being 'cumbersome', and I just keep dreading the end of each book drawing near...
I admit I'm an engineer (please don't tell my sainted mother!), and I love how Hamilton tickles the ragged edge of scientific discoveries, and seems to understand the implications and technology that *could* be possible some day thanks to those discoveries... He has the gift of being able to take your imagination past the dry science, and show you all of the things that *should* be possible once "discovery" turns into "practical applications"! For example, he extends "Social Networking" out to a time where sharing "the actual emotions with each other" is the norm.. Any Emo Kid would give his entire razor blade collection for THAT ability! ;)
A friend of mine (and fellow Sci-Fi buff) came to visit me at home the other day, and looked at my phone to see what I was "reading".. He said "25 hours?!?! That's some serious escapism dude!".. I replied, "Escapism?? Not Hardly! You know I LOVE my life, and while I'm living it I get to listen to awesome Sci-Fi books like this one!!"
Satisfying conclusion to a hard core Sci Fi series
This book concludes the Void trilogy: (1) Dreaming Void (2) Temporal Void (3) Evolutionary Void.
If you are new to the series then you have to s..Show More »tart with Dreaming Void, if you can get it : "The Dreaming Void" seems to have disappeared from the Australian store but there it sits in my audible library.