REVIEW: THE DREAMING VOID

Author: Peter F. Hamilton Publisher: Macmillan Price: £8.99 The Dreaming Void is the first novel in The Void Trilogy from Peter F Hamilton – one of the world’s most popular sci-fi writers and creator of The Commonwealth Saga. The Dreaming Void is set in the same universe – the Intersolar Commonwealth – and, subsequent to … Continued

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Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Publisher: Macmillan
Price: £8.99

The Dreaming Void is the first novel in The Void Trilogy from Peter F Hamilton – one of the world’s most popular sci-fi writers and creator of The Commonwealth Saga. The Dreaming Void is set in the same universe – the Intersolar Commonwealth – and, subsequent to the events in The Commonwealth Saga, the human race has become one of the most technologically advanced species in the galaxy. Unfortunately, a massive black hole has been discovered at its centre. The void is an artificial boundary rumoured to guard a legacy billions of years old. Some claim there is an entire universe inside. The void is now slowly devouring all the other stars in the galaxy – and unless someone stops it, the galaxy will die prematurely.

Iniga has a dream to Pilgrimage with his millions of followers to the universe hidden within the Void. The opposition, the Raiel, fear that this mass exodus will cause the Void to expand. They have vowed to prevent this Pilgrimage, to the death if necessary. Aaron is a man on a mission – unknown to himself. Daily, he learns more of his skills and his quest to find Iniga and stop the Pilgrimage.

An intriguing first chapter to The Void Trilogy, Hamilton throws you straight in at the deep end with this epic novel, and hits you hard and fast with complex narrative twists and interesting characters. Space Opera fans will be delighted and tantalised by the cliffhanger ending.