- Series: Commonwealth: The Void Trilogy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (February 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034549654X
- ISBN-13: 978-0345496546
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. The first of a trilogy, the far-future plot of this audiobook concerns various factions battling to help or prevent a religious movement from undertaking a pilgrimage to a world hidden within a mysterious void, a journey with the potential to significantly advance the human race—or destroy the galaxy. Listeners to Hamilton's complex SF epic must devote a fairly significant amount of time, patience and attention to the task. A single chapter lasts for hours; within each chapter, the perspective and story line shift multiple times, with no audibly perceptible break. It's comparable to being lost in a strange, dark and, above all, vast room, and takes a while to adjust. Gradually, though, plot lines begin to take shape, and the compelling story and relentless pace drives listeners forward through a highly enjoyable trip. John Lee enunciates a daunting amount of exposition with precision and provides his share of creditable accents and voice pitches. A Del Rey hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 4). (July)
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton
“An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range.”
–San Antonio Express-News
“Bristles with the energy of golden age SF, but the style and characterizations are polished and modern.”
“Richly satisfying . . . wonderfully imagined.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“You’re in for quite a ride.”
–The Santa Fe New Mexican
“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio
“An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”
“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”
“Complex and engaging.”
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Top Customer Reviews
There are some interesting technologies, aliens, and human evolutionary paths. There are some attempts at Banksian mayhem that would work better if you cared about the stakes or even knew what the stakes were. There are some ludicrous sex scenes with an off-putting Playboy Adviser vibe. And you have to wade through more detail about 36th century apartment renovation techniques than is good for anyone.
That storyline is intertwined with the dreams themselves, which, instead of conjuring up the experience of a dream, make you feel like you are plodding through a really dull Young Adult fantasy novel, complete with adolescent-with-super-powers wish fulfillment.
Finally, after about 500 pages, just when all the meandering story arcs seem like they are going to gel into something resembling a plot ... the book ends. I'm taking a pass on the next volume.
Excellent writing. Lots of plots going on all at once, which may become confusing to some. I think I personally preffered the fantasy plotline but both were great. If you do try this one and like it then you are in for a treat as you will like the rest of the books set in this universe.
“The Dreaming Void” is the first book in this trilogy. The book is set in the future in the time following his original Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained saga. The novel takes the reader on another engrossing adventure with many new characters as well as some from his previous series.
Much like the first movie of a Star Wars saga, this volume starts out by laying the groundwork for the other two novels. It gives context, people and adventures that draw you into his story. I also found that it left me at the end of the book wanting more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its many hundreds of pages. It is the perfect set up for the following two books in the trilogy.
That being said, some people love that, myself included. I like incredibly meaty books that I have to sit with for a long while, books that are extremely well written and paint a vast picture. I like books akin to the Sistine Chapel ceiling- huge, complex, lots of characters and side plots and enormous in scale. This trilogy is set up to not be a disappointment in that regard, and for that I’m extremely thankful because the world needs more prolific writers like Hamilton.
If you’re the type who really likes reading Star Wars canon paperbacks and thinks that paperbacks thicker than an inch and a half are just too hard, this is not the book nor the series for you.