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Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence) Paperback – June 30, 2020
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“How far ‘space opera’ has come! The Old Masters of sci-fi would admire the scope and sweep of Salvation.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[A] vast, intricate sci-fi showstopper . . . The journey grips just as hard as the reveal.”—Daily Mail (U.K.)
“Exciting, wildly imaginative and quite possibly [Peter F.] Hamilton’s best book to date.”—SFX
“Dynamic, multifaceted characters, strong mind-expanding concepts, and impressive flair for language [make Salvation a] rare celestial event. . . . One of Britain’s bestselling sci-fi authors has launched an addictive new book as the initial stage of what is sure to be an intriguing new series called The Salvation Sequence.”—SyFyWire
“[Salvation is] a bravura performance from start to finish. . . . Hamilton is juggling chainsaws while simultaneously doing needlepoint over a shark tank. It’s a virtuoso treat, and I for one can hardly wait for Salvation Lost.”—Paul Di Filippo, Locus
“Peter F. Hamilton is known as one of the world’s greatest sci-fi writers for a reason. . . . Salvation is well worth the effort and a great introduction to some good old-fashioned space opera.”—Fantasy Book Review
“Packs a teeth-rattling wallop . . . Hamilton expertly keeps his audience coming back for more.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Peter F. Hamilton smashes through the crazy battlefield of space opera like a giant all-conquering war-robot. His newest is loud, proud, and beyond epic. Accept no substitutes, this is the real deal. You need Salvation, my friend. Everyone needs salvation.”—Ian McDonald
“No one offers action-packed, meticulous, suspenseful, and consistent high-tech futures better than Peter Hamilton, and Salvation cranks all of that up five notches.”—David Brin
“[An] epic galaxy-spanning conflict . . . Told in a quick-reading style with humor, a depth of character, and a cunning plot, Salvation Lost nicely sets up the conflict for the series finale.”
"The pacing is swift, with spectacular action, thoughtful strategies, eye-popping ideas, and Hamilton's usual attention to detail, all woven into a taut, gripping narrative."
“Everything readers of Salvation will have hoped for. A series emerging as a modern classic.”
“Savage, brilliant, and compelling. A master class in tension and spectacle.”
—Gareth L. Powell
“I found myself gripped by Salvation Lost, as I devoured it right to the scintillating end. Earth-invaded/humanity-enslaved stories usually put Homo sapiens through the wringer—and Hamilton ratchets that up and then some. This is vertiginous in its scale, covering vast tracts of time and space, and mind-bending as it examines new frontiers of human physicality. This is a dazzling tale of humanity face-to-face and toe-to-toe with the ultimate enemy!”
“Pacey, scary, heart-in-the-mouth thrilling, Salvation Lost is a total blast.”
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Now, a little less breathlessly...
When I saw "Salvation Lost" was coming out at the end of October, I went back and read "Salvation", the first book in this apparent trilogy. It's something I recommend with Hamilton's serial novels - they take him some time to write, so unless you have an exceptional memory, details will be stale and Hamilton is not really into the repetitive backstory method of giving your neurons a refreshing kick. I appreciate that, and I was especially glad I'd read the first book again because this one starts immediately after, and with much the same cast.
So, expect to see Yuri, Ainsley, Callum, Kandara, Jessika, Dellian, Yirella, and the rest plus a host of new characters. The tone is similar to most of Hamilton's stories, with a strong huge-corporation-as-good-guys theme, somewhat inept governments taking a backseat when it hits the fan, capitalism is King, technology as ultimate savior, and a UK-centric vibe that is a nice difference to the majority of US-centric sci-fi that is written.
This is a direct extension of Book 1, starting immediately the last one ends, but exposes the true motives of various alien races, fills in the hints we've seen of the future humans on Juloss, and provides various vignettes that thread through the novel to adroitly place characters at the right place and time for the plot to pivot on. That positioning of seemingly incidental cast members who suddenly burst bright for a moment is pure Hamilton, and very few authors do it anywhere as well as he does.
I really enjoy that about his stories.
Hamilton also sets up for another book, which is terrific, though the wait will be frustrating.
There is something missing however, and that's a strong emotional connection with most of the cast. I find that while all characters are well fleshed out, there are just too many to really draw a one-on-one bead with any of them. So stuff happens - good and bad - and it's a bit muted in emotional tone because there's literally something (usually worse) looming that needs to be dealt with, so it's a quick hug of relief, then the action starts again.
Not that I am complaining. The Kindle edition price is reasonable for an author of Hamilton's consistency and book length, and he still manages the occasional sideways thrust of surprise that provides some frisson to proceedings. If you've read and enjoyed other Hamilton books you know what to expect (and obviously, you need to buy Book1 before this one). If you've not read Hamilton, I recommend you go back to where it all started and buy the Greg Mandel series. Then work your way up to this one. Either way, "Salvation Lost" is highly recommended, two thumbs up, and please Mister Hamilton, hasten the next book!
I am not interested in engineering. Hamilton leaves me way behind in this area, and I confess my eyes glaze over and I skip paragraphs, sometimes pages, sometimes quite a few pages.
Many of us read for character. I do too. Hamilton's characters started out as original, quirky, and capable of evolving in many cases. In this series, however, I am recognizing characters from previous novels thinly disguised. The extremely long-lived rich family with epic adventures, lovely houses on bodies of water or in an asteroid, and busy sex lives appears again. I found the gang member refreshing, as another reviewer mentioned. He is a fascinating guy, interestingly warped.
Don't get me wrong -- I will definitely finish the series to find out what happens to the human race.
Now that some people know that the aliens (unnamed to avoid spoilers, but should be very obvious) are trying to take humanity to their god, the fight begins.
There is plenty of action, both in the present and in the deep future. And even the regular tech is fun. There is also a new group of criminals in the legion, which mildly tie in with the bigger events, but they are OK, and introduce some new tech.
There is a fun twist in the end (on the future) with someone's identity. I can't help but think that the interloper is a bit of a deus ex machina event - something that does happen often with Peter F. Hamilton books.
Still, the book was just awesome and I can't wait for the conclusion...
PS: As someone also recommended, you might want to read Salvation first, to have it fresh on your memory. I did, and it really improved the experience.
I will surely preorder the third book without a second thought.
Sure it has Hamilton's big deep world building but it's selective in using the items brought to the plot.
oh it also suffers from mid trilogy release when it is obvious the ending has already been written.
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Eon spanning storylines
Portals, wormhole etc - more than you can shake a stick at.
Amoral tech billionaires who will save the universe - nearly all male old and white.
A deadly threat to the universe - usually alien in nature.
A chance for humanity to be worse than the current threat.
A deus ex machina of some kind that is either the solution or a big chunk of it.
The salvation sequence has all of these in spades with added intersex / hermaphroditic characters - though the leads are nearly alway cis heteros and nearly all relationships straight. So those hoping for a bit of wokeness in their latest Hamilton should probably not bother. Those who are happy with "standard" Hamilton tropes should probably dive in and gobble it up.
Setting the story in a very familiar but not quite the same universe as the last few series gives Hamilton a chance to play with the same themes and concepts without the baggage that was beginning to weigh those books down, and the story arch is all the better for it.
In this book we see parallel threads as the horrific alien plans are put into place, and we get to see the futile fight for Earth which we have been expecting since Book 1. In parallel we get to see the story 10000 years later as Humanity both runs and fights back against the Alien crusade, with a few hints of new Alien allies in play. And it's a hell of a ride! There is another book to come though, so at least a years patience will be needed to finish the sequence.
Although the intro of this review was downbeat it cannot be denied that Hamilton is firing on all cylinders and as long as you like his style and don't expect much evolution in it you'll love this book, and look forward to the final one as much as me.
I won't go into details, other have done that. But as a person who listens to books for 5-6 hours a day (I have that type of job), I'm always in awe at the quality of books from Peter.
If you read the first book last year, I would highly recommend skimming it for a quick recap, also as reminder of how the particular trilogy jumps between time-lines.
Male/female hybrid's leave me cold, balls and fanny.no thanks!
Half way thro second, still dont get it....think its ghost written off bits of paper in Peter's waste basket.
I really enjoyed this second book in the salvation trilogy, couldn't stop reading this book and couldn't put it down, and I'm really looking forward to the next book. Will be pre-ordering book 3 as soon as I can.
Unexpected number of typos though (even after realising that that some of them are alternate spellings of future English).