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The Evolutionary Void Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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The Evolutionary Void picks up immediately where The Temporal Void left off with no break in pacing, continuing the story in an effective, confident fashion. The many plot threads that have been built up over the first two novels are now dealt with convincingly, some with immediate effect while others come to the fore in preparation for the grand finale. It's very difficult, in fact nigh on impossible, to find any fault with this aspect of The Evolutionary Void. It is clear from many references and clues laid down in Dreaming and Temporal that the Void trilogy has been intricately plotted and even has details that go all the way back to the Commonwealth Saga. This is rather unsurprising when you consider that many of the characters present here have their origins in the duology.
Some of the story lines that I was most anticipating delivered the goods. The Deterrence Fleet is hinted at many times and the revelation of what it is and the capabilities it has still manages to surprise. This can be said of many of the plot points in Evolutionary. For example, Araminta is the descendant of two Silfen friends and this is used during Temporal to show how she is able to share her dreams of the Skylord (albeit unknowingly) with the Living Dream movement.Read more ›
The events take place in a society called the 'Commonwealth'. It's basically the whole of human civilization, which by this time consists of hundreds of words and trillions of human beings. There are also many alien civilizations to contend with. The two books before the Void Trilogy, 1200 years ago, deal with an anomaly witnessed by one of the outer worlds in the commonwealth and the resulting investigation and conflict with the new race of aliens called the 'Primes'. One thing that I should mention is that the universe does allow for relatively easy alien-to-human communications (aided by technology of course), and allows for FTL travel, which may be slightly annoying to traditional hard sci-fi fans.
The trilogy itself takes place 1200 years after that conflict, when humans have become one of the most dominant species in the galaxy and consist of many factions. The civilization is nominally democratic, but each of the factions vie for control, hoping to push the humanity in the direction they wish.
The maneuvering of the factions and their agents is essential, but the central theme of the books is The Void.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Both Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained are 5 star sci-fi works. Who wouldn't want to read more about Paula Myo and the Commonwealth in the previous novel the Temporal Void? Read morePublished 5 days ago by Old Hawkeye
There a few good twists toward the end as I have come to expect from Hamilton, but it still feels like the story could have been told in about half the number of words.Published 1 month ago by J. Norr
Overall, this series is very good. I don't find it as riveting as, say, Greg Bear's best work. But it's very, very good and it proceeds at a pace where I enjoy it but I don't find... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander Cowan
A great end to the trilogy. Most people will never guess the end.Published 3 months ago by Paul Benkovitz
The writing is descriptive as always, the action exciting as always, the character development intriguing, and the science fiction/fantasy highly creative. And some surprises!Published 6 months ago by Jigjam