I just finished the third volume of Peter F. Hamilton‘s Void Trilogy: The Evolutionary Void. I feel that there isn’t as much suspense in the end as in the last books but all loose ends are tied down nicely and there are a couple of funny surprises (like the identity of The Lady). All in all, a good conclusion to story.
Go. Buy. Now.
My main critique this time is that some guys check space for enemies all the time while some teams seem oblivious to that option. The author should at least have mentioned that they check once in a while and find nothing.
Similarly with the deterrence fleet and ANA. The idea behind the deterrence fleet is great. But I doubt that just hiding it somewhere will actually protect it against being found. Next, I wonder why redundancy was no option. When the “fleet” is rendered helpless, Kazimir’s successor is unable to call any backup. I can accept that only ANA itself knows about the fleet and since ANA is out of the game at that time, they can’t ask but I wonder why ANA exists only once. There should have been a backup. Earth is well protected but not against something like the deterrence fleet.
If something like that would wipe out Sol, they wouldn’t have a lot of pre-warning. So all in all, I like the twist when ANA is disabled but I don’t quite swallow it.
- Kindle Genre Watch: Sci-Fi, Romance and Western Fiction (4 Sep 2010) (kindlereader.blogspot.com)
- Excerpt: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton (tor.com)
- Book page on the author’s site
- Peter F. Hamilton on sfbooks.com
- My post about the previous book: The Temporal Void