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The Evolutionary Void Hardcover – August 24, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Void Series

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Reviewers of The Evolutionary Void cited the factors that usually make Hamilton's fiction great: his ability to juggle several different compelling characters, his speculations about future human development, and his ability to balance hard science and riveting space opera. But they were mainly satisfied to read the conclusion of not just the plot arcs of Hamilton's last two books but also a few he initiated in earlier novels set in the same universe. Of particular note is a clever, impressive finale. "Hamilton creates truly epic science fiction that nods both to classic space opera and contemporary SF," wrote SFX. Suffice it to say that critics loved The Evolutionary Void, but it probably won't make much sense unless you've read the earlier books.

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As the story of the Void draws to a close, Hamilton takes up an extraordinary number of threads. Araminta, who has evaded pursuit thus far, comes back from the Silfen paths with a risky plan. Earth, and therefore ANA, is trapped behind a force field. Ilanthe, aims to fuse with the Void and create her own twisted utopia. Gore Burnelli and the Delivery Man seek out the Anomine’s means of transcendence. Edeard, in Inigo’s dreams, finally gets it right, and Querencia is fulfilled. Inigo and Araminta are finally brought together at the Spike. Inigo at last reveals his final dream, of Querencia after Edeard’s ascension. Paula Myo and the Cat finally square off in an epic battle. While Living Dream adherents plan their pilgrimage, others—including the Raiel—plan their flight from this galaxy, and some will fight to the very end. Eventually, the scattered threads join in the Heart of the Void, where the truth about Makkrathan’s origins and the Void itself is revealed. It’s an altogether satisfying conclusion to the epic, and one of Hamilton’s strongest outings yet: a spectacular space opera. --Regina Schroeder
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition first Printing edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here it is, the book I've been waiting nearly two years for: The Evolutionary Void. The conclusion to the Void Trilogy, started with The Dreaming Void and followed up by The Temporal Void, is by far my most anticipated book of the year and the series is making very strong noises to be my favourite finished series ever. So, with expectations that simply couldn't get any higher, does The Evolutionary Void meet these? Simple answer: Hell yeah!

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.
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The 'Void' trilogy as it's called is actually five books. The first two take place about twelve hundred years prior to the Void Trilogy but while not required, will add much more to the overall story. The story is magnificent. It's magnificent in the Clarke's upbeat, positive sense rather than magnificent in the "My mind is blown but I want to cry" Stephen Baxter sense (I'm a fan of both types).

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.
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I wanted to go slow. I really did. I'm a huge Peter F. Hamilton fan, and I really wanted to slowly savor each chapter of The Evolutionary Void, but it's like trying to eat M&Ms one at a time. I don't have that kind of control. Other reviewers have given you a pretty good blow-by-blow account of the over-all story, so I'll stay away from that. And, as others have mentioned, the Void Trilogy actually began in Hamilton's earlier works, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. And while you don't need to read those books to enjoy this trilogy, they do lay the groundwork for a lot of what plays out in these three books. Peter F. Hamilton is known for his grand epics and this is no exception. (We actually follow two major stories throughout the trilogy, and I found myself so engrossed in one that would completely forget about the other.) Hamilton takes his huge cast of characters from the Dreaming Void and Temporal Void and brings them, ultimately, to a conclusion that is extremely satisfying. In fact, the very end of this book was so touching and pitch-perfect, it was the ending I didn't know I wanted until I read it. I can't recommend this book, and the Void Trilogy, highly enough. And as I mentioned in the title, I've been a big fan of the unabridged audio versions, along with the narrator, John Lee. When it comes out, I'm getting it.
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By xenoc on January 16, 2011
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Lots of exciting build-up and story arcs with a resolution that is.....bleh. Like many of Peter Hamilton's work, all the complexities once again get resolved by a deux ex machina with the the big twist this time being that the main characters travel to it rather than it appearing at the last moment to solve all problems. The bad guy (girl, thing, whatever) is a big fizzle and half the action leading up to the big finale makes no sense (why did Justine have to travel seperately to the Void from the rest of the group, what was Ozzie doing in the story at all, why did everyone follow Aaron around, etc). Perhaps the Void "reset" function could be done on this book and Mr Hamilton could give his universe another try and do it better next go around. All and all pretty disappointing at the end of an otherwise gripping journey.
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