This really wasn’t what I expected. Yet it blew my mind with creativity and world-building. It took me a while to read this with my busy schedule but this is the book you have to devour and really sit in peace to absorb all the timelines thrown at you at once. We’re in the future the past, then the future, future. It’s astounding how Hamilton set it out.
Humanity's complex relationship with technology spirals out of control in this first book of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett). In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. A new technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transporation--including starships--virtually obsolete. Every place on earth, every distant planet mankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful...until a crashed alien spaceship is found on a newly-located world 89 light years from Earth, harboring seventeen human victims. And of the high-powered team dispatched to investigate the mystery, one is an alien spy... Bursting with tension and big ideas, this standalone series highlights the inventiveness of an author at the top of his game, as the interweaving story lines tell us not only how humanity arrived at this moment, but also the far-future consequences that spin off from it.
Thank you to Pan Mac Millan who provided me a paperback copy to read. This is in correlation with the sequel, Salvation Lost which has been currently released! I’ve also been lucky enough to receive a copy of that as well and to review both.
I will admit, it took me a while to get into. The story doesn’t go anywhere but Hamilton leaves us in suspense throughout the novel. At the start of the novel, we discover an alien starship with unexpected cargo. Feriton Kayne who works with Connexion Corps devises a team of skilled individuals to investigate the site. That’s when we meet the team and the story officially begins. Each team member tells a certain part of their life, what they’re skilled in and how it all connected to the recent events. Each timeline is written to detail, you’d think it’s a bunch of different authors writing one book but it’s actually one great mind coming together.
When each other characters tell their stories, these chapters are considerably long. It’s the only thing I didn’t like based on personal preference. When I read a book, I’d like to stop at the end of the chapter but found myself ending off at chapter breaks to catch my breath.
In this storyline, my favorite characters and backgrounds were, Yuri, Callum, and Kandara. Yuri is Feriton’s boss and security chief for CC. He’s humorous and Callum. Most of the characters bantered so much, I loved it. My favorite plot, a team that’s annoyed and despises each other have to come together and work as one.
While that storyline is going on, we head off into the future where we meet Dellian and Yirella in Juloss. They’re being trained along with their classmates to one day face the common enemy. They look up to the Five Saints. I think they’re called that if I can recall. Yuri, Callum, Kandara along with Alik (FBI agent) and Jessika.
I’d say Salvation was the information we needed in order to understand Hamilton’s world and progress to Salvation Lost. Feriton’s also on a mission to discover a species in hiding, hoping he’ll be able to crack who it is amongst the five. No more on this but I was shook until the end.
There isn’t much I can say without revealing anything. I might as well leave you to it. Hamilton succeeded in creating an in-depth world with so many characters and multiple timelines. I don’t think I’ve ever read such a complex sci-fi novel.