WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER • “An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range.”—San Antonio Express-News
In the star-spanning civilization known as the Intersolar Commonwealth, twenty-three planets have fallen victim to the Prime, a technologically advanced alien species genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. But the Prime is not the only threat. The Starflyer, an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist, has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth and is sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage? Caught between two deadly enemies, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before. This will be humanity’s finest hour—or its last gasp.
Praise for Judas Unchained, the sequel to Pandora’s Star
“Bristles with the energy of golden age SF, but the style and characterizations are polished and modern.”—SF Site
“You’re in for quite a ride.”—The Santa Fe New Mexican
“The reader is left breathless in amazement.”—SFRevu
Set in the 24th century, bestseller Hamilton's richly satisfying space opera is less a sequel to Pandora's Star (2004) than the second half of one dauntingly complicated, wonderfully imagined novel. The diverse human Commonwealth is fighting back against the implacably hostile mass-mind Prime, while discovering that agents of another hostile alien force are sabotaging war efforts. In a multitude of subplots, Hamilton adroitly leaps from the struggles of one engaging, quirky character to another. Meanwhile, the main action expands and the super-scientific weapons become increasingly terrible. Then the story shifts focus and presents a moral question: if it's now possible to wipe out the Prime, is it permissible to commit genocide? Hamilton demonstrates that humans not only can shape huge masses of data to their own ends but also can recognize when to stop doing so. Some of the people manage to transcend their small, personal concerns sometimes. The density of detail may slow readers down, but the distinctive characters and the plot's headlong drive will pull them along. In more ways than one, this two-part work is monumental.
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One of My Very Favorites
Read Pandora’s Star First. A magnificent but flawed future civilization of 600 worlds connected by wormholes (and trains, what??) faces an existential threat. Threats, really, from within and without. Offers some mind-bogglingly fascinating technologies, aliens, and environments.
Entertaining and creative, science fiction at its best!
What a roller coaster ride through time, space and generations of humanity and aliens alike! Interesting, captivating and thought provoking. I loved the characters, each of whom was wonderfully flawed in their own way. The science and future technology was believable. Do not be put off by the length of this two part series. Dive in and enjoy the journey. It's definitely worth it!
Excellent science fiction with a high level of complexity. Multiple plots which converge into a larger story. Well done.