Regular price: $41.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us. It's time to fight back and take control.

©2014 Stephen Baxter (P)2015 Tantor

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    88
  • 4 Stars
    86
  • 3 Stars
    44
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    126
  • 4 Stars
    70
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    80
  • 4 Stars
    73
  • 3 Stars
    43
  • 2 Stars
    22
  • 1 Stars
    5
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Angus
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 02-01-16

Book 2 delivers the goods.

Uri Eden, the main protagonist from Book 1, has just barely made it through the hatch with Steph Kalinsky and the Col-U. As their brains wrap around the idea that in this version the Roman Empire didn't fall and became space faring, Uri begins to succumb to what he calls Freezer Burn. Apparently when you've been subjected to Cryo sleep for a large portion of your life cancers run amok when you are thawed.
Back in the Sol system Penny Kalinski, Lex Macgregor, and Beth Eden Jones Narrowly escape distaster in a Hulk-kernel ship test platform as the Chinese Hedgemony crash a bundle of kernel ships moving at near relativistic speed into Mercury. The result propels them to the Roman-Bricante-Sheen Universe without the use of a hatch. One other person is with them...Earthshine. One of the three deep core artificial intelligences. He has an agenda.
There is yet two more Universes visited in this book but I will leave those for you to discover. The story is gripping and in this form excellently told through the vocal ranges of the narrator. It did not disappoint and I'm giving it four out of five entertainment points.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What a journey

This is a great book. i was on the edge of my seat the entire time. i can't wait until the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting... not as good as the first book

Even though it is about ancient Romans and Incas, the general concept goes beyond the absurdity of them being in space. In the end, although the are some loose ends, the author brings it all together.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

..maybe skip part 2 for the next mini-series?

First off: I like many of S. Baxter's books and really hope there's much more to come.
However, to me it seems to be a theme with him that the first book quite brilliantly narrates a story often with a unique theme - only to be followed up by a *much* weaker sequel.

Ultima is one of these sequels (much like Flood - Ark, Time's Eye - Sunstorm, ..) that is way less intriguing than the original book of the mini-series. I'd much rather have him write *1* brilliant book ("The Light of Other Days"!) - and just stop there.. instead of diluting the overall impression with a much weaker sequel.

Just my 2 cents, though - hope you'll enjoy your Baxter lecture!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

narrator was amazing

loved the different character voices, could always tell who was talking from voice alone before the text said who it was. if you read the first book you're going to have to read this one. the COLLU is my best friend

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

big ideas but poor dialog

lots of Imagination went into the settings, the scene, the ideas. the elements of alternate history in here and that was done reasonably well. However the dialogue was really too redundant could have been shortened by a third resulting in a Tightened pace.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not for those with short attention spans

The whole book is one very long introduction with minimal character development. Overall plot is thought provoking if boiled down to its core elements.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great and powerful story

Baxter does ideas better by far to anyone. Great story taking that I mostly enjoy

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

1st hard science book I've ever heard

Just wow. No magical warp or hyper drives. Relativity is practiced well.
And there was a story!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

End of the world

Not sure killing off all the main characters in order to conclude the story was an original concept.
The universe ending at a natural wall or boundary is the basis for this story, this is not supported by physics published in the 21st century, therefore it delves into fantasy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful