Following The Dreaming Void and The Temporary Void, The Evolutionary Void is the epic conclusion to Peter F. Hamilton's Void trilogy, set in the world of the Commonwealth Saga.
Time is running out for those determined to prevent millions of followers from the cult of Living Dreams crossing into the Void and triggering an expansion that will destroy everything in its path. Second Dreamer Araminta is on the run but knows that she cannot escape her destiny forever. But when she finally makes her choice it will change her in ways no one could have expected.
Meanwhile, Edeard, the subject of the cult's dreams, finds life as challenging and dangerous as ever. He soon realizes that there are consequences for stability. But is the price for peace too high?
Dense and dazzling with complex story lines, compelling characters, and universe-spanning drama, Hamilton's latest offering is a satisfying conclusion to the Void trilogy (The Dreaming Void; The Temporal Void). Araminta is destined to provide an alternate route to the next plane of existence, where time is mutable. Ilanthe is determined to control the path to enlightenment. Edeard can manipulate time for his planet and he tries to do so judiciously, struggling with the burdens of leadership, growing and grieving as he must lose what he holds dear in order to achieve the greater good. His efforts prove pivotal in resolving the battle between Araminta's flight for freedom and Ilanthe's grab for power. With intimate storytelling threads woven through a grand tapestry of epic adventure, the tale will be a struggle for new readers, but will captivate returning fans who can dive right in.
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The evolutionary void
I was tempted to re read all 4 books leading unto this again but could not hold back and just got stuck into this. This is by far the smoothest conclusion by Hamilton to any of his sagas. He skilfully brings together all the characters from the original commonwealth saga with all the new characters in the void saga, and still delivers a few surprises along the way. I was convinced I had worked out the end and who the Lady was, but was wrong. My only few criticism are that it was too short, the new Paula was too nice, and the humans should not have been able to kick all the other aliens backsides so easily.
the evolutionary void
Out of this world
This final tome in the series has been a long time coming, but it is truly a work of genius. Bought and read in the same day, I could not put it down. That has only happened to me once before and that was Clark's Rama series. Peter is one of the most gifted people I will never meet.