For sheer scope and wonder, few writers of science fiction equal the inventiveness of Peter F. Hamilton. With The Temporal Void—book two in the trilogy that began with The Dreaming Void—he once again displays his skill at setting very human stories against convincing far-future technology.
The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the launch of the Living Dream's pilgrimage into the Void draws near. The Second Dreamer, a young woman named Araminta who is just coming to terms with what she is, has refused the Skylord’s bidding to lead billions of pilgrims to their nirvana—triggering a retaliatory devourment phase from the center of the Void. As Living Dream forces invade her home world in a desperate attempt to identify and seize the Dreamer, Araminta finds herself on the run from just about everybody.
At the same time, an Ocisen Empire fleet is fast approaching on a mission of genocide. Defying the increasingly desperate Factions is Paula Myo, the ruthlessly single-minded investigator. Beset by foes from her past and colleagues of dubious allegiance, she is losing a race against time as she realizes the shocking truth of how far some people will go to determine the course of evolution.
Hardcover Book : 736 pages
Publisher: Ballantine/Delrey Books ( March 24, 2009 )
Item #: 12-651148
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 25.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Peter Hamilton has a very fertile imagination and is using it to create a story-line that has many waiting for the next installment. The story has many plot points and they all are a factor in the outcome of the story. I was taken by how the rejuvenation process has removed death from human life unless the data store is also destroyed. This removes the human soul from the equation when memories are effectively used as a surrogate. It is fascinating storytelling and has my attention. I find it also a conundrum that the characters are using the name God and Christ in vain almost as much as Ozzie is used. To effectively remove all of the influence from God in the story it would seem correct that the swearing would do this also. It is interesting how Peter Hamilton has weaved a story that has captured the imagination of many people with the scope and excellent character developments.
I understand his use of large amounts of time between Judas Unchained and Dreaming Void, as it allows many things to change while the continued characters, Myo being one, remain essentially the same and must react to the changes occurring in the universe while trying to prevent its destruction or a too radical change. The most interesting aspect of the Void is that it appears to be an automated system to grant a life that is dreamed for while sucking life or energy from the universe outside.
This is also a step away from spiritually directed living with the downloading of personality into the virtual world and makes machines the real god without the morals or any kind of judgement for those actions. I know this is good storytelling and respect Mr Hamilton and his abilities. However, I am not going to fall into the group that wants this kind of life to be reality, as some fans reactions to this story suggest at Mr Hamiltons site, or that it is anything other than good science FICTION!!!!.
Reviewer: Eric H
Peter Hamilton continues with the characters and plot lines first seen in "The Dreaming Void." Atypical of most second books in a trilogy, "The Temporal Void" is not simply "filler" until the last volume comes out. It has plot twists and set ups to keep you enthralled. I heartily recommend this book.
Reviewer: Dean D
I am a definite fan of Mr. Hamilton's work. I'm enjoying where he's taking us in his latest trilogy. This is definitely one of the more difficult books of his to follow, since you spend quite a bit of time away from certain characters and have to back track sometimes to refresh your memory. There are also, I think, some jumps to conclusions (particularly by Paula Myo) that are hard to follow. This book endeared me to Edeard and his quest (didn't really care at all about him in Dreaming Void). Readers persevere and you will be rewarded with a wonderful story!
This was a great acceleration of the Dreaming Void. Unbelievably intricate and complex intersection of storylines. Spent a lot of time on Inigo's Dreams...which happen to be my favorite parts, so I was satisfied. Mr. Hamilton has his work cut out for him in Book 3...due out in 2010. (Hate having to wait that long.) If he pulls it all together, it will be a truly epic conclusion to an epic trilogy. Really, really good stuff. Glad I discovered Peter Hamilton here in SFBC.
Reviewer: Drew M
Peter F. Hamilton is my new favorite author. This takes place immediately (and I mean immediately) after the first book The Dreaming Void. It could be one book. Characters, plots, sub-plots, oh my! An excellent read. It does not disappoint.