If I didn’t say that Judas Unchained was a bloated exercise in writerly overindulgence that is easily three hundred pages longer and about a half-dozen plotlines. 6 Oct Peter F. Hamilton’s superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully. After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of.

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I was a bit irritated by unchaihed Hamilton had one of the characters sleep with almost literally every other character in the novel at some point or the other.

REVIEW: Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton

Worse, what if the war is still going on, and there is a decent chance uncgained imprisonment might not work? Is there the possibility of redemption? But first, let me set the mood. Having been in almost continual combat for its entire evolution, MorningLightMountain believes that it is necessary to eliminate all other life in the Universe to secure its survival into the distant future, it views all life that is not under its control as a potential threat.

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Each planet has its own Cybersphere which connects with other cyberspheres to create the Unisphere. If I didn’t say that Judas Unchained was a bloated exercise in writerly overindulgence that is easily three hundred pages longer and about a half-dozen plotlines more involved than it needs to be, I’d be lying.

It should be clear by now that this novel is among the very best I have ever read. Until she’s a ujchained socialite.

Characters Planets and habitats. View all 7 comments. The few immotiles constantly vie with each other for territories and resources, and by the time of the story, only one remains alive, MorningLightMountain.


The book could be far shorter, and still capture all of the concepts, action, sub-plots and character development. I do however have some issues with them. And yet the Prime judqs have weaknesses the Commonwealth can exploit.

And that’s all I’m going to say about the length.

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She has won her place as arguably the chief character uudas the novel. Slow start; weaker first half; unnecessary world building. It was nice to be proven right, even if that did result in her ignominious death and a lot of Wilson angsting about it. The Void Trilogy continues within the same universe, but set a further years into the future.

The ending was signposted far too early which meant any sense of a dramatic, gripping ending was lost. But this book is filled with dreary scenes.

Don’t get me wrong all that stuff was cool not to mention I had a hankering for some Starcraft after the scenes with the soldiers in badass armor suits going to toe to toe with aliens that remind me a lot of the Zerg. My last issue with this book both actually is the length and juxas pacing at the end. This complex plot-line is filled with lots of shoot-outs and indiscriminate killing.

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The second half of the book was much stronger and mostly returned to its former glory. Now let me elaborate on strong point of the book 1. I really loved Pandoras Star but this book needs some serious editing to be in the same league! As a result, the narrative is a lot more focused on these two plots—though I did enjoy the occasional shout-out to minor events from the previous book, such as the inclusion of Lionwalker Eyre.

I particularly liked the alien Tochee and wish we got more time with him. It’s superiorly well crafted, but low on surprises. Why would anyone want to do that for lifetime after lifetime? Woven through the main narrative of the Prime encounter are several other stories.


It is the first one ever built.

If anyone can sell old wine in new bottles so that it doesn’t lose its bouquet, it’s Hamilton. I’ve read the book several times yet never understood this part. Sure, until she’s a savvy newswoman.

Many of the races featured in the Commonwealth Saga also appear in the Void Trilogy. The Silfen choose instead to wander across uncharted alien worlds on Paths, the Silfen equivalent of wormholes. There’s a sense of wonder here that’s truly unchained. Beta Primes would then become the dominant lifeforms.

But I should mention that each of these books is roug After reading the first book, Pandora’s Star, I was slightly miffed at just how scattered and sometimes The Guardians have long been considered a fringe terrorist organization by the Commonwealth, but now more and more people are coming around to their belief in the Starflyer’s existence. He is dismissed as a crazy terrorist by the Commonwealth forces, and his attempts to interfere with the voyage to Dyson Alpha are thwarted.

That made about as much sense as using the wormhole technology to ferry people to the safety of the future, but not to eradicate the Prime threat.

There are a few things I would have liked to learn more about. Another point that is brought up briefly is why would anyone want to live unchzined if their life didn’t change — I mean the characters of a novel almost by definition are dynamic, go-get-’em types but most people just plod through their lives and then die.

And it’s been setting the stage for this for years! Hundreds of planets are linked in this fashion.