A powerful alien force threatens humanity. Can we rise to face it? Salvation Lost is the extraordinary second volume in Peter F. Hamilton's Salvation Sequence, a high-octane adventure from the award-winning author.
'The most powerful imagination in science fiction' – Ken Follett, author of The Pillars of the Earth
Fight together - or die alone . . .
In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever. Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as their agents conclude schemes down on earth, vast warships converge above to gather this cargo.
Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars – although only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means preparing for a future this generation will never see.
Salvation Lost is followed by the trilogy's stunning conclusion, The Saints of Salvation.
'Everything readers of Salvation will have hoped for. A series emerging as a modern classic' - Stephen Baxter, author of Time
The middle volume of Hamilton's Salvation Sequence space opera trilogy (after 2018's Salvation) provides a clever variation on the theme of alien invasion, but it's stronger on worldbuilding than characterizations. Hamilton's early-23rd-century Earth features intriguing developments: 3-D printers produce much of the food supply, and kilowatt-hours back major national currencies. Against that backdrop, and with 100 million humans living in colonies on asteroids and other planets, humankind must confront an existential challenge from an alien race, the Olyix. The Olyix have given humans biotech in exchange for electrical energy, which the aliens need to power their ships on a journey to "the end of the universe." But their true intentions are revealed by another nonhuman race, the Ne na, one of whom, Jessika, discloses that the Olyix are bent on offering human souls to their deity, whom they expect to find at their journey's conclusion. The humans' suspenseful resistance against overwhelming odds sets the stage for the series' conclusion, and Hamilton keeps things grounded with all-too-credible passages about partisan political bickering in the face of disaster. Series fans will enjoy this installment.