The Dreaming Void
Peter F. Hamilton
Del Rey, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Belle Dessler
n the 34th century, the world is a great place to live. Humankind has all but conquered death, and peace among various factions is the norm. Yet humans still look for a way to assign some kind of meaning to their lives, and to find that meaning they've turned to the
man named Inigo began having dreams of the void; dreams he shared with the rest of mankind through a mind-sharing system called the Gaiafield. A cult soon formed around this phenomenon, and now millions of believers are hoping to make a pilgrimage to the Dreaming Void where they believe nirvana awaits them all.
here's only one problem. Many people believe that once starships enter the Void, they will trigger a catastrophe that will effectively destroy the universe. The pilgrims may very well enter nirvana, but at what cost?
amilton's project is ambitious to say the least. The first in a three-book series,
The Dreaming Void
introduces countless characters, many factions and a series of intertwined plotlines. If all this sounds rather complex, let me assure you – it is. What saves the novel from spiraling into mass chaos and confusion is Hamilton's ability to offer one action scene after another. If politics and mass intrigue on a universal scale aren't your thing, then the imaginative conflict and various spirited encounters are sure to satisfy.
he Dreaming Void
takes place in the same universe as Hamilton's
, which was made up of two novels:
. Although reading the previous novels is not a requirement, readers familiar with that world and the characters will get even more out of this absorbing space saga.
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