- Hardcover: 750 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Signed Copies edition (9 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230769462
- ISBN-13: 978-0230769465
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 5.5 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 255 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers) Hardcover – 9 Oct 2014
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The Fallers threaten not only human settlers, but also the very existence of the universe. Hamilton expertly interleaves disparate storylines (Guardian)
Another stonkingly large and addictive SF thriller from one of the genre's leading exponents. Huge cast, enormous canvas, big ideas - mega in every way. (Daily Mail)
Dramatic and gripping . . . Peter Hamilton's new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison (Locus Magazine)
A thoroughly enjoyable and unstoppable work that will leave you craving more. Fans will adore it and whilst it is also quite friendly to new readers, those new to his work should start at the beginning of the Commonwealth series with Misspent Youth and enjoy the entire wild ride. (Starburst)
A satisfying and well-oiled story, with potential for more epic adventure to come. (Booklist)
Quite simply, this is a novel whose world-building and story have been masterfully interwoven with previous Commonwealth novels, as well as one that stands alone in delivering a complex and immersive narrative, and shows a master at the top of his game. It's intelligent and gripping, action-packed and emotional, but most of all it's a shining example of what science fiction has to offer.I can't recommend this novel highly enough. (SFFWorld.com)
Peter Hamilton doesn't just write Space Opera, he defines it . . . Imaginative, intelligent and accessible, The Abyss Beyond Dreams hits all the right notes (SFBook.com)
If you like your science fiction in shape of epic, sprawling, interstellar space opera things can't get much better than with new novel by everyone's favourite Peter F. Hamilton . . . Quite simply, The Abyss Beyond Dream is Hamilton's love letter to his readers. It's set in everyone's favourite universe and it has everything you'd expect from Peter F. Hamilton's book - epic scope, engaging story and twists to die for. (Upcoming4.me)
Peter Hamilton doesn't just write Space Opera, he defines it . . . Imaginative, intelligent and accessible, The Abyss Beyond Dreams hits all the right notes. (SFBook.com)
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I have read the "Commonwealth" stories and the "Void" stories and been enthralled by them. I thoroughly enjoyed this one too. Classic Hamilton, though doing something a bit different.
If you want to experience the Commonwealth stories in order you can read it before or after the original "Void" trilogy as there is no significant overlap, but you have to read the two "Commonwealth" books first (Pandora's Star then Judas Unchained).
Of course you can also just start reading this as a standalone story and it should work fine - it's all explained pretty well without being tiresome for those already in the know about the background. In fact, considering this is a part one of two, it wraps up its own section of the storyline pretty much completely by the end of this book, but ideally you can then proceed to the sequel "Night Without Stars" to find out what happens next, where deeper and more complex questions get answered.
This time, the inventor of the wormhole technology that opened the galaxy up to humanity is the main character. Nigel Sheldon, an older and wiser figure than the original version in the Commonwealth saga, is approached by the enigmatic Rael to lead an attempt to recover a sentient Rael starship. This involves Sheldon and his close friend Paula Myo devising a strategy to insert a clone of Sheldon into the Void. Only then would all concerned be able to understand the Void and how to stop its inexorable advance.
From there it all goes somewhat 'wrong' as the mission takes an unexpected turn.
Hamilton is a top of the line storyteller. In this first novel from the Fallers story arc, matters are a little less opaque than the original Inigo and Edeard storylines. Characters are developed that the reader can feel invested in, creating a typically 'thick' Peter F Hamilton story of multiple strands all heading to a conclusion in the next in the series. He certainly never disappoints with a book that hs length as well as depth and never flags.
Five well deserved stars for a master of his genre.
The next book will be interesting to see how it all fits into the time line of the previous series. Looking forward to it. If you liked any of the other books in this vain then you will like this too.
And the best thing of all, there's going to be more to come and like me, you won't be able to wait for the next one !
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