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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--virtu 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.


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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--virtu 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.

30 review for Salvation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Under normal circumstances, I would normally rate a book like this lower because the setup leaves us hanging, but this is PETER F HAMILTON we're talking about. That means, if you're picking up the first book in one of his trilogies, no matter how long each individual book might be, you're invested for the long haul. You might be slightly miffed you need to wait that much longer before SOMETHING major gets resolved, but that's the nature of this beast. That being said, Salvation has a ton of great Under normal circumstances, I would normally rate a book like this lower because the setup leaves us hanging, but this is PETER F HAMILTON we're talking about. That means, if you're picking up the first book in one of his trilogies, no matter how long each individual book might be, you're invested for the long haul. You might be slightly miffed you need to wait that much longer before SOMETHING major gets resolved, but that's the nature of this beast. That being said, Salvation has a ton of great multiple storylines going on here, full of technothriller action, early AIs, assassins and investigators, and a mysterious alien spaceship that seems to be quite benign, hopping into our system and piling us with some pretty cool medical toys turning us all into *better* immortal-ish younglings. There are still people around from our age and tons of understood references from our day, so that means this trilogy is much earlier than most of Hamilton's other books. Oh, and the aliens are encouraging us to join their religious crusade to the end of time. As in, come with us, we'll transform the hell out of you and we'll be on our merry way. But they're not dumb about it. They trade with us, live among us, and are generally good neighbors. Supposedly. Another huge plotline takes us to one of our colonies designed to be a true utopia. Post-scarcity. And they're also trying to go about protecting the hell out of humanity. Fun, interesting characters, and of course there's tons of conflict there because the rest of our species loves to distrust the hell out of them. Is the novel a winner? Only in the sense that it's fun to get a fully established storyline, character base, and feel for the galaxy-at-this-time. We're also rightly suspicious of everyone. The intrigue is high. End analysis? High-quality setup, interested in reading on, and I think Hamilton is mightily imaginative. The devil is truly in the details.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Space Opera Buffa: "Salvation" by Peter F. Hamilton "Book One in the Salvation Sequence, a dazzling space opera trilogy from master of the genre, Peter F. Hamilton Know your enemy - or be defeated. AD 2204 An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship's sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foresh If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Space Opera Buffa: "Salvation" by Peter F. Hamilton "Book One in the Salvation Sequence, a dazzling space opera trilogy from master of the genre, Peter F. Hamilton Know your enemy - or be defeated. AD 2204 An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship's sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foreshadow humanity's extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything. Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy - and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse? AD 50,000 Many lightyears from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically-engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy and they hunt us still. If they aren't stopped, we will be wiped out - and we're running out of time. Salvation is the first title in a stunning science fiction trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton." From the book blurb. "Interstellar war is a fantasy. It makes no sense. Economically, for resources, for territory...it's all crap. Hong Kong doesn't even make drama games about it anymore." In "Salvation" by Peter F. Hamilton

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This is my most anticipated release of 2018, and I was extremely fortunate to get an early advance copy. I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but Salvation was very good – typical Hamilton. It has a similar feel to Pandora’s Star or Fallen Dragon, if anything, but it’s also a very different story. It’s also clearly the first part of a trilogy, which is good, but with the first book issues that come with the territory. Great world building, great characters, intriguing plot – Salvation ticks almos This is my most anticipated release of 2018, and I was extremely fortunate to get an early advance copy. I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but Salvation was very good – typical Hamilton. It has a similar feel to Pandora’s Star or Fallen Dragon, if anything, but it’s also a very different story. It’s also clearly the first part of a trilogy, which is good, but with the first book issues that come with the territory. Great world building, great characters, intriguing plot – Salvation ticks almost all the boxes. Full review now below: Salvation is Peter F Hamilton’s latest novel, the first book in his Salvation Sequence, and a series set in a brand-new universe. After some considerable time (and eight novels) spent writing in his Commonwealth universe, with a slight detour for 2012’s Great North Road, Salvation is a chance to see Hamilton build a setting from scratch with a longer story in mind. As one of the best SF writers out there at doing this, I was eager to see just how it would compare to his previous stories, and what this fresh canvas would produce. With Connexion Corp’s quantum entangled portals, everywhere in human space is but a step away. When a crashed alien starship is discovered at the edge of explored space, with cargo it shouldn’t contain, Connexion’s deputy director of security, Feriton Kayne, hand-picks a team from across human society to travel and investigate. With security and defence of humanity a high concern, strict protocols are put in place to separate the discovery from the portal network, and it’s a long drive to the crash site. It is during this journey we learn more about the selected team members: Yuri Alster, Feriton Kayne’s boss and security chief for Connexion Corp; Callum Hepburn, former emergency detoxification team leader at Connexion and now living as part of the Utopial society; Alik Monday, FBI senior specialist detective; Kandara Martinez, dark ops and mercenary specialist. We also have some aides with the main group: Loi, executive assistant to Yuri and great-grandson of Connexion founder Ainlsey Zangari; Edlund, aide to Callum and a true Utopial – genetically modified to be both male and female through a thousand-day cycle; Jessika Mye, Callum’s assistant who has been part of both the Universal and Utopial societies. We follow this group through various flashback events, seeing each of these characters doing what they do best, and discovering some interesting information along the way. Some of these sections are quite long (one particularly so), others short and sweet, but each contribute to the overall story in their own way. Interspersed between these chapters is the story of Dellian and his classmates. Set many millennia in the future, humanity are running from an enemy, one that stops at nothing to track them down and wipe them out. Bred specifically as soldiers to take the fight to the enemy, we follow them from childhood to adulthood, watching as they learn and perfect their training… Hamilton starts Salvation off with a couple of revelations that set the scene for the novel. The first of these is the mission of the Neána, an alien civilisation that have sent an expedition after detecting electromagnetic signals from Earth. A species in hiding, they have sent their envoys with no knowledge of where they have come from, only what they must do when they get to Earth. The second bit of information is the discovery of the crashed starship and its human cargo that simply could not be that far from human space when it crashed. It’s with these in mind that we step into the meat of the story – or more accurately, a history of what has come before. Essentially, Salvation is the backstory of the characters on this trek to the alien shipwreck, and serves to give us a lot of information, but without moving the actual plot forward much. However, Hamilton manages to give us this backstory in a way that is interesting and relevant, slowly building the setting he has created and allowing his imagination to run wild with the implications of the technology here. While he has a slightly different take on FTL travel with his portals compared to previous novels, it’s the Utopial society he’s crafted that is of most interest with its focus on working together as a whole rather than the capitalism of the rest of humanity. It’s also a society that requires those who join to have their genome modified so all children born are omnia – both male and female – slowly switching between the two in a thousand-day cycle. With a different core philosophy and equality the standard in their society, it’s fascinating to read and see the more intricate workings as we discover more about it. We have also made contact with the Olyix, an alien species travelling across the universe on their voyage to meet their God at the end of time. They’ve contributed towards human medical advancement, trading knowledge for the antimatter they require to fuel their colossal arkship on its onward journey. But with their advancements come sceptics and conspiracy theorists, and some aspects ever so relevant to the stories we hear. This brings us to the far future narrative, and one that shows humanity on the run from an enemy that is constantly searching for them. Humanity is an omnia society that has now decided to take the fight to the enemy, but is doing so by genetically creating soldiers of distinct gender – Dellian, Yirella, and their cohort. Led and guided by their year group leader Alexandre, they face a variety of situations while growing up that is to prepare them for the inevitable fight. It’s entirely fascinating, yet just not quite enough focus here outside of the necessary, and it’s clearly a thread that is going to be playing a larger role in future novels. This all brings me to my general thoughts on Salvation: it’s a great novel but reads much like a set up for the rest of the trilogy. It’s a frustrating thing to say given how much I enjoyed the book (on both first and second reads), yet it’s true. The split narrative also means that the future sections are written not to give things away, and while it works overall, it raises plenty of questions as the story progresses. However, despite the heavy focus on back-story rather than plot progression, I was thoroughly entertained throughout, and relished getting to know this new setting and all its inhabitants. Salvation is, without a doubt, the type of novel you would expect from Peter F Hamilton. It’s got thoroughly in-depth world-building, a large cast of characters, plenty of advanced technology, and enigmatic aliens. Add all of these together and you get the kind of Space Opera that Hamilton is known for, in a shiny new universe that has plenty promise for a great continuation, and given the ending here the sequel can’t come soon enough. Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I never thought I would say PFH is boring. But exactly that’s what I said up around 20%. Given the fact that I eagerly awaited this one to appear, I couldn’t believe I would not like one of his works. Luckily, the story picks up from there and delivers. What a relief! There are three narrative threads on three timelines: - one set in present, year 2204, in which a team is assembled to check up the remains of an alien starship stranded on Nkya, an exoplanet in Beta Eridani system. On the way there, I never thought I would say PFH is boring. But exactly that’s what I said up around 20%. Given the fact that I eagerly awaited this one to appear, I couldn’t believe I would not like one of his works. Luckily, the story picks up from there and delivers. What a relief! There are three narrative threads on three timelines: - one set in present, year 2204, in which a team is assembled to check up the remains of an alien starship stranded on Nkya, an exoplanet in Beta Eridani system. On the way there, animosities came to life and past events are being reiterated by each of them, which brings us to the second thread: - the stories of above said team members, starting in 2092 up to 2199. The setup reminded me of Hyperion with its pilgrims and their stories, although I liked these here way more. In fact, half way into the first story (Callum’s) I started to feel the old vibe I got when reading PFH, so this was the breaking point for me. - the third one starts in year 583 AA (After Arrival) but I can’t tell yet which arrival are we talking about (view spoiler)[Neana or first Olyix or a later swarm of them? (hide spoiler)] . It involves genetic modified humans which are raised from childhood to take part in the war against the enemy, they being the last hope of humanity’s survival. (view spoiler)[think of Ender's Game (hide spoiler)] The worldbuilding is amazing as always, however this time not so colorful. I would happily live in the Confederation or Commonwealth universe but not here. It’s darker than usual and without intimacy whatsoever. Except one thing: I would be thrilled to have a portalhome. My first encounter with one was in Void trilogy and I was amazed by the concept. Wasn’t such a surprise here, but my longing for one remained. Regarding the characters: there are humans and omnias (genetically modified humans to be both female and male, having a thousand-day cycle between genders, the duration becoming longer with age) and two species of aliens, who are just outlined in this volume; I expect more to come in the sequels. There are also lots of mysteries and twists and PFH masterfully ties some of them in the end; however, most remain to be revealed in future volumes, which at this point, can’t come soon enough. Bottom line, a volume as gripping as always, if you get past the somehow dull beginning. Really missed his stories with the grandiose scope, cutting edge tech, interstellar journeys, crammed universe and last-minute twists. Does anyone know when “Salvation Lost” is due?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Salvation is the first book of a trilogy. For a first book, I had a hard time while reading it. It reminded me too much of another book as far as the way it was written and some of the concepts in the book. Once I got that other book in my head it was hard to not make comparisons. Most of the book revolved around five people that were chosen to investigate an alien ship that had been discovered. During the transport to the alien ship, each person tells a story from their past. The stories each t Salvation is the first book of a trilogy. For a first book, I had a hard time while reading it. It reminded me too much of another book as far as the way it was written and some of the concepts in the book. Once I got that other book in my head it was hard to not make comparisons. Most of the book revolved around five people that were chosen to investigate an alien ship that had been discovered. During the transport to the alien ship, each person tells a story from their past. The stories each tells were all action-packed thriller type stories. Which were a bit of a slog to read. Interspersed between their stories, is another storyline far into the future. I thought the more interesting parts of the books was what was going on far into the future. I was getting worried near the end when the last story was being told. I thought I was going to be left hanging as to what was going on at the alien ship. There was some resolution (albeit very quickly done) and thus the setup for the next book. I can’t say I was enamored with his book. The series as a whole has potential but I am not sure if I am interested enough to keep going or not. I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carlex

    (just in case, apologies for my English) Devoured! I am a fan (or a fanboy) of Peter F. Hamilton. However I "only" give Salvation three and half stars, considering that it is the first of a trilogy, and I prefer to read the rest of the novels, as soon as they are published (sigh here). From a more critical point of view, I must clarify that if you have read some of his previous books, the author can not surprise us as much as in, for example, "The Commonwealth Saga", but in my opinion he has the (just in case, apologies for my English) Devoured! I am a fan (or a fanboy) of Peter F. Hamilton. However I "only" give Salvation three and half stars, considering that it is the first of a trilogy, and I prefer to read the rest of the novels, as soon as they are published (sigh here). From a more critical point of view, I must clarify that if you have read some of his previous books, the author can not surprise us as much as in, for example, "The Commonwealth Saga", but in my opinion he has the talent of showing us a good space opera full of charming characters, intrigue and wonder. One amusing anecdote in this novel (in which the author makes some more tributes): when the alien ambassadors have their embassy decorated with a giant space landscape, and when someone asks if it is their homeplanet they explain that it is a artwork by the great Jim Burns.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Quite possibly my most anticipated novel of 2018 and it did not disappoint. Superb storytelling, just as we'd expect from this extraordinary writer, matched by the novel's vision and ambition. And, blimey, where it takes us! This is going to be a wonderful trilogy. Its beginning couldn't be any better in my eyes. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    I loved the book which will be a top 10 of the year for me and I am really eager for the sequel. For more detail I highly recommend Mark's Goodreads review (link below) as it is spot-on: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... A few shoutouts I would mention that add to the fun - the Morgan, Asher and McAuley starships, the painting by Jim Burns present in the embassy etc

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A complicated prologue to the rest of the series framed as a gradually unfolding mystery. The central framing narrative is that of the Assessment Team, a hand-picked group of experts investigating a crashed spaceship which they discover carries human bodies in suspended animation, apparently abductees. As they explore we get each of the Assessment Team's stories and how they build towards their individual presences aboard the ship and the central mystery of what's going on on-board as well as wit A complicated prologue to the rest of the series framed as a gradually unfolding mystery. The central framing narrative is that of the Assessment Team, a hand-picked group of experts investigating a crashed spaceship which they discover carries human bodies in suspended animation, apparently abductees. As they explore we get each of the Assessment Team's stories and how they build towards their individual presences aboard the ship and the central mystery of what's going on on-board as well as with the wider human community and their interactions with the only intelligent alien species that humans have made contact with. Interspersed with the Assessment Team's story in the "present" and their individual back-stories in the "past" we get a version of humanity in a completely different time and place as a hunted race, the majority of which are fleeing from unidentified aliens while others are specifically bred to fight them. While this is slightly briefer than most of this author's other works it doesn't tread a lot of new ground. There's a lot of recycled ideas from his other series, including a portal-based interstellar civilization that has humanity on about 50 or so worlds, a god at the end of time and sinister aliens who are masters of biotech and human civilization that's dominated by rampant capitalism while some parts of it experiment with other forms of social structure. Unfortunately, it's also really dull for a lot of its prodigious length, creeping towards a reveal that seemed relatively obvious from early on. The three separate plot lines with the Assessment Team, the hunted humanity and the flashbacks work well to break this up, but towards the second half of the book new flashbacks were being met by a "can we not?" on my part,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Well, this took me a really long time to read! It starts out with a very interesting story about a crashed alien spaceship. Unfortunately, this story barely gets any page time until right at the end because most of the book is bogged down in not very interesting background stories for all of the characters. It introduces us to a cast of potentially interesting people but then doesn't give enough time to get to know them to care really what their past stories are. The back stories were very bog s Well, this took me a really long time to read! It starts out with a very interesting story about a crashed alien spaceship. Unfortunately, this story barely gets any page time until right at the end because most of the book is bogged down in not very interesting background stories for all of the characters. It introduces us to a cast of potentially interesting people but then doesn't give enough time to get to know them to care really what their past stories are. The back stories were very bog standard action thriller style, lots of heroic, smarter than everyone else manly men running around with guns fighting bad guys. It felt a lot like I imagine a Clive Cussler novel is like but with a sci-fi background to make it more souped up. It also made me very sad to see the fight for gender equality hasn't moved on from where we are now in all those years. The best female character in the book, an intelligent and resourceful spy, was there only to get into trouble and be saved by her hero husband. When the story about the crashed alien ship did get going I actually enjoyed it and then the ending set the next book up to be potentially quite exciting. There's a lot that I liked and there are some very interesting ideas but it's overwhelmed by the 'black ops' superhero backstories. It's potential to be a good series is saved by the ending and I am interested in how the story continues, I'm just not sure if I'm interested enough to actively seek out the next book. I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    This is my first Hamilton novel, which is kind of weird. I've heard amazing things about his other stuff but it felt like a lot to dig into so seeing this new world I thought I'd give it a go. We have two separate story lines. One in the present and the other in the future. However we get alot of past montage stories which provides the characterisation as well as plot. This novel had that old school space opera feel to it, although alot of the chapters read like action books (Cussler, Rollins) wi This is my first Hamilton novel, which is kind of weird. I've heard amazing things about his other stuff but it felt like a lot to dig into so seeing this new world I thought I'd give it a go. We have two separate story lines. One in the present and the other in the future. However we get alot of past montage stories which provides the characterisation as well as plot. This novel had that old school space opera feel to it, although alot of the chapters read like action books (Cussler, Rollins) with dome scifi thrown in. The plot was really well constructed, however I did prefer the future story arc as compared to the others. Overall a pretty good start to a new series, I just wasnt as totally convinced this is up there with the best space operas of current times.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Callum Hepburn has just married Savi Chaudhri after a whirlwind relationship. They both work for Connexion, he as a team leader for the emergency detoxification squad and she is in the security division. After their all too brief honeymoon they both head back to work, Callum, to dig a government from the mire with an urgent material extraction and Savi heads back undercover. A week later and he hasn't heard a thing from her, so pings her and does not get a response. Worrying about her he heads o Callum Hepburn has just married Savi Chaudhri after a whirlwind relationship. They both work for Connexion, he as a team leader for the emergency detoxification squad and she is in the security division. After their all too brief honeymoon they both head back to work, Callum, to dig a government from the mire with an urgent material extraction and Savi heads back undercover. A week later and he hasn't heard a thing from her, so pings her and does not get a response. Worrying about her he heads off to see her boss, Yuri Alster to see if he knows anything. The thing is, no one does; she has vanished off the face of the planet. It looks like it might be down to him to find her and in his search, he will discover more than he really wants to know about the company he works for. Connexion Corp, the organisation that they both work for, can really be considered a government in their own right. Their quantum entangled portals is a technology that allows people to live in one part of the world and work in another and literally be there in no time at all. This technology along with most other things on Earth are powered by solarwells, that have been dropped into the sun and have allowed humanity to have unlimited power. In 2204 and an alien ship has been discovered 90 light years from Earth. That there are aliens is not the surprise, another race, the Olyix have been known to humanity for a while now. What is shocking is the cargo that they are carrying; human beings held in suspended animation. No one knows how they got there. No one knows who took them there. Feriton Kayne, Connexion’s deputy director of security is asked to pick a team to investigate. Two of the people that he picks for this team are Yuri Alster and Callum Hepburn, who have a healthy disregard for each other after their earlier clash over Savi. What they are walking into will change everything. Entwined in this narrative is the story of Dellian and his friends set thousands of years in the future. They have been born as soldiers and are being trained to combat an enemy who is prepared to stop at absolutely nothing to wipe humanity from the universe… To say this is fast-paced would be a little bit of an understatement, certain scenes rocket by, in particular, the ones with the Connexion security team. The technology that Hamilton uses in the books, all sounds plausible, the web that they all use is pervasive and all-seeing, however, most people feel free and liberated in the modern society. I loved the portals and the way that they worked with people passing all over the world in the blink of an eye. The scenes with Dellian and his team, set way in the future felt like they were inspired by Enders Game. There are a plethora of characters in here, and it occasionally I had to think who was who, thankfully there is a guide and a timeline included. The only bit that I didn't like was the way it jumped backwards and forwards between the different times and there were several ambiguities that weren't cleared up by the ending. That is fine as there are more books to follow and threads opened here leads onto other things, but this was a brilliant start to a new series. Now have a long while to wait for the next! 4.5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    This was the first time I've read anything by Peter Hamilton. I found the sci-fi future tech fascinating and enjoyed the future he created. Salvation's storyline is told using the past, present, and future. 5 people are investigating a crashed alien ship and on their way, each tells a story that gives their backstory. Interspersed are chapters of humans in the future being trained to fight the aliens who are trying to wipe out the human species. To be honest, I had a hard time staying with this o This was the first time I've read anything by Peter Hamilton. I found the sci-fi future tech fascinating and enjoyed the future he created. Salvation's storyline is told using the past, present, and future. 5 people are investigating a crashed alien ship and on their way, each tells a story that gives their backstory. Interspersed are chapters of humans in the future being trained to fight the aliens who are trying to wipe out the human species. To be honest, I had a hard time staying with this one. The writing was extremely dense and just slogged along. There were so many different storylines, and too many names so I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. Especially at the beginning. And when I finally did get to the end, very little was revealed. The story is a "to be continued" which was disappointing. I was hoping for a bit more to be revealed. At this time, I'm not sure I'll continue with this series. I guess it will depend on my mood at the time. *Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the advance copy.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Les

    As a definite space opera and PFH fan, I was bound to sink my teeth into this one and most likely enjoy it. But, there's no undue bias here when I say that this book is simply superb. There's no other way to describe it and this new standalone series from PFH certainly looks like it's going to be another epic. The style in which it's written is very good, and typically PFH, and he didn't seem to get as bogged down in minutiae this time [as I feel much of his earlier work is affected]. All of the As a definite space opera and PFH fan, I was bound to sink my teeth into this one and most likely enjoy it. But, there's no undue bias here when I say that this book is simply superb. There's no other way to describe it and this new standalone series from PFH certainly looks like it's going to be another epic. The style in which it's written is very good, and typically PFH, and he didn't seem to get as bogged down in minutiae this time [as I feel much of his earlier work is affected]. All of the action and sub-stories are firmly part of the greater storyline, which is only just beginning to take shape in this book. The format is excellent, with numerous flashbacks and flashforwards from a central narrative, all of which link together and give you a hazy yet tantalizingly intriguing picture of where the story appears to be headed. It finished well and I am very excited to see where the series goes, this book being a good introduction to the universe and players before the story slips into a higher gear. Now tell me that doesn’t sound exciting. To read, it felt a lot like a short story collection where the individual stories link together to form the framework of a larger tale, and this is pretty much what it is, each “chapter” giving a portion of the background, mostly about the key characters but also about the places and things within this new universe. As per usual, PFH’s world-building is second to none [ie. awesomely cool] and I found myself re-reading more than once some of his descriptions of locations and technology so that I could better grasp the wonder of it. Another hallmark of Hamilton’s fiction which is again present are lots of high-tech future cops and robbers and there’s no shortage of these in Salvation, with most of the central characters being some sort of police officer, security specialist, mercenary or criminal. The future flashforward sections are excellent, slightly reminiscent of other child or youth sci-fi soldier stories that you may have read, the characters struggling to come to grips with the knowledge that the future existence of mankind rests upon their shoulders. Overall, you can quite clearly how the different timelines relate to each other and how things might transpire. It’s space opera as it should be, a story painted on a canvas of galactic scale with an abundance of massive awesome stuff contained therein. There are interesting alien life-forms, interesting alien agendas and interesting alien technology, which is totally what you’d expect from PFH. Anybody who enjoys good sci-fi [and galaxy-spanning space opera in particular] will just devour this and love every moment of doing so. It’s a must for any PFH fan and also a perfectly suitable starting point for any readers new to his work. Hamilton has been shortening his novels a little in recent years and his work is much the better for it in my humble opinion, meaning that his work is probably that much more accessible for a mainstream audience. The earlier Night’s Dawn Trilogy, Commonwealth Saga and Void Trilogy books, while truly excellent books, were seen as a bit daunting by some readers. Such were my observations anyway. There are no such worries with this one, however, and it should be a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read for a lot of people. Get into it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    It's definitely a Peter Hamilton book, corporations run by humans with extended lives, decent white male characters, some kick ass women, creepy aliens and lashings of descriptions. Every meal, house or outfit is seemingly described to within an inch of its life. The plot is a combination of a Hyperion style narrative, only instead of pilgrims we have the mission specialists telling stories, interspersed with a group of teenagers being prepped to fight humanity's enemies in the even further futur It's definitely a Peter Hamilton book, corporations run by humans with extended lives, decent white male characters, some kick ass women, creepy aliens and lashings of descriptions. Every meal, house or outfit is seemingly described to within an inch of its life. The plot is a combination of a Hyperion style narrative, only instead of pilgrims we have the mission specialists telling stories, interspersed with a group of teenagers being prepped to fight humanity's enemies in the even further future. These all unfold reasonably cleverly to form one narrative. The problem is I just didn't warm to the characters in either section. Some segments were tedious, particularly the portal home murders section (which again was very reminiscent of Hyperion, or rather Endymion). Others I just couldn't relate to such as Callum's romance. It was only getting really interesting in the last two chapters. Will I read book 2? Probably but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it either.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tamahome

    3.5 stars? You'll definitely get the dense future world building Hamilton is known for, and some philosophical talks and intense action sequences. He doesn't shy away from the sex either. This is book one of three, so you won't get too far into the alien ship plot. But the ending is definitely a highlight. It's structured like Hyperion or Canterbury Tales, where each traveller goes into a personal story on the way somewhere. The chapters takes place in different times, so pay attention to that. 3.5 stars? You'll definitely get the dense future world building Hamilton is known for, and some philosophical talks and intense action sequences. He doesn't shy away from the sex either. This is book one of three, so you won't get too far into the alien ship plot. But the ending is definitely a highlight. It's structured like Hyperion or Canterbury Tales, where each traveller goes into a personal story on the way somewhere. The chapters takes place in different times, so pay attention to that. I think this would be tricky as an audiobook. There's some time displacements, new terms, and weird character names. I actually ended up reading and listening at the same time. That seemed to be the most fun, without missing any details. Hamilton's writing style seems a little work to take in. I'm only writing this review so Luke will read it on his SFBRP podcast. Good interview on the Geek's Guide podcast: https://geeksguideshow.com/2018/09/13...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Noura Noman

    Compelling Fans of hard science fiction will love this book. Great world building. Intriguing plot. The sub plots proved to be more than they appeared.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nadja Miller

    I received an advanced copy for an honest review. I enjoy Peter Hamilton's books but this one took me a long time to get through. It almost feels like short stories. There is a main story of youths preparing for war against a big evil. We get to know them and how they progress on their training and the challenges they encounter. The other story is a group of business/ security and government personnel ( which we will know later in the book how they relate to the first group) going out to see wha I received an advanced copy for an honest review. I enjoy Peter Hamilton's books but this one took me a long time to get through. It almost feels like short stories. There is a main story of youths preparing for war against a big evil. We get to know them and how they progress on their training and the challenges they encounter. The other story is a group of business/ security and government personnel ( which we will know later in the book how they relate to the first group) going out to see what they think might be an alien crash site that includes (dead?) abducted humans. We get stories of things that happened in the past that connect them. This is the part that felt a little bit like short stories. They were well written, they were interesting but they were hard to connect with and I am not sure why. I understand that he slowly builds up his stories but his one felt like it went on forever but I am a fan so it will take a lot more than a slow story for me to stop reading his books. Still the ending was awesome

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    I wanted to read this book because I have been so impressed with other books written by Peter Hamilton. I am so glad I didn't have much of any idea what the story would be about so I could discover everything for myself. I think the book blurb gives away too much of the story the author is trying to tell and leaves the reader with fewer surprises. Salvation is told from a past, present and future perspective. The backstory segments are quite long, novella length long, and under other circumstance I wanted to read this book because I have been so impressed with other books written by Peter Hamilton. I am so glad I didn't have much of any idea what the story would be about so I could discover everything for myself. I think the book blurb gives away too much of the story the author is trying to tell and leaves the reader with fewer surprises. Salvation is told from a past, present and future perspective. The backstory segments are quite long, novella length long, and under other circumstances I would have become impatient with being kept away from what the "real" story - the present - was about. That didn't happen in this book because the backstories were all critical to placing the characters in the present, plus they were mini-stories within the book and were as superbly written as the present and future segments. This novel had me questioning the motives of every character, whether they were human or alien. The science was especially intriguing for me with an incredibly large corporation discovering the means of traveling around earth or planet hopping with their transport system. I had read books containing similar transport methods but this one explained it better for me and sold me on the concept. The methods used for extending life also gave me much food for thought as did the religious beliefs at the core of the justifications for actions taken. This was a thought provoking novel for me. This was one of the best books I've read in a long time and I eagerly await Salvation Lost, second in the Salvation Sequence series. Definitely five glowing stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Del Rey for a digital galley of this novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam Whitehead

    AD 2204. A derelict alien spacecraft has been found on a remote planet. A group of explorers are gathered together to investigate the wreck and the strange secrets it contains. For each of them, it has been a strange and stressful road that has led to this time and place. And, centuries in the future, they are revered as the “Five Saints” for the actions they are about to take… Salvation is the first novel in both a new series and a new universe for Britain’s most successful living SF author, Pet AD 2204. A derelict alien spacecraft has been found on a remote planet. A group of explorers are gathered together to investigate the wreck and the strange secrets it contains. For each of them, it has been a strange and stressful road that has led to this time and place. And, centuries in the future, they are revered as the “Five Saints” for the actions they are about to take… Salvation is the first novel in both a new series and a new universe for Britain’s most successful living SF author, Peter F. Hamilton. It’s also a novel that mixes Hamilton’s well-known strengths – in-depth SF worldbuilding, an epic narrative, the meticulous construction of intriguing mysteries, his skill at both the long-form novel and short stories – with a new approach which splits the story into three distinct strands. In the first approach, we have the “modern-day” storyline about the gathering of the protagonists (of which there are six; the disparity between the number of characters and the later veneration of five of them is the first clue that something odd is going on) and their deployment to the alien crash site. This story is told in the first person from one of the team and is interesting enough, although it really only serves as a framing device. In the second part of the story we get a lengthy flashback from each character about a key event in their lives, one that also defined who they are but also ties in directly with the over-arching mystery. This section feels a lot like Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (itself inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales) and is where Hamilton gets a bit structurally interesting, as he combines the six apparently unrelated novella-length narratives into one story. In the third section, it’s centuries or millennia in the distant future and the human race seems to be in desperate straits. This part of the story is most baffling, initially, due to a lack of context, but as the story unfolds the reader can start to put together the pieces. This results in impressive foreshadowing. Hamilton moves between the three plot strands with skillful economy – at 530 pages this may not be a short book, but it’s positively a novella compared to so some Hamilton books (the longest of which are more than twice this size) – building up this new vision of the future. It’s a much less advanced vision than either the Confederation of the Night’s Dawn series or the Commonwealth of much of the rest of his fiction, but it’s still a big, brash and optimistic view. The key invention this time around is the quantum entanglement portal, which stands in for the wormholes of his earlier books. In practical terms they are similar, but they have a limitation in that twinned portals have to be created together and then one of them physically moved to the destination to be set up (it can’t be generated from light-years away). They are also much less energy-dependent, meaning that portals are set up everywhere, allowing someone to commute to work in London from their flat in Glasgow in five minutes. The super-rich even have “portalhomes”, where one bedroom might be in New York City but the bathroom is in Antarctica. It’s a fun concept that Hamilton explores to the hilt. There’s also a foreboding tone to events. Hamilton is building up to something quite terrible happening between the present and far future storylines, and it’s not until late in the book we get an inkling of what that might be. Of course, the book ends on a cliffhanger just as we get to that point. The good news is that the second book, Salvation Lost, is almost finished already and locked for release in 2019, with The Saints of Salvation to wrap things up in (presumably) 2020. Character-wise, Salvation probably lacks a figure as dynamic and memorable as Paula Myo, Ozzie or Syrinx, but the Canterbury Tales-style structure does allow each of the major characters to be painted in a lot of depth with their backstories and motivations fleshed out. There are also political and ideological differences between the group, which have to be overcome for them to work out what is going on. The far future storyline is a lot weirder, with characters being trained to face an enemy who may not appear in their lifetimes, but Hamilton sells the weirdness quite well, even if the characters aren’t quite as engaging this time around. Salvation (****) is in many ways classic Hamilton: bold, brash, epic, optimistic and packed with great worldbuilding and ideas. It’s also structurally original (for him), relatively constrained in scope and page-count and builds up a terrific momentum which is only arrested by the all-too-soon ending. On the negative side of things, the characters perhaps aren’t among Hamilton’s best and although quantum-entanglement portals may not be wormholes, they are very similar and it does feel like Hamilton is revisiting well-trodden ground here. Still, it’s a compelling, rich SF novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrick St-Denis

    As you know, although I own every single title Peter F. Hamilton has released over the years, other than the stand-alone novels I'm really far behind when it comes to his series. I've finally begun the Night's Dawn trilogy earlier this year and was planning on reading The Neutronium Alchemist when Salvation unexpectedly showed up in my mailbox. I was glad, for now I'd be able to read and review installments of a new Hamilton sequence as they are published. Having only read The Reality Dysfunction As you know, although I own every single title Peter F. Hamilton has released over the years, other than the stand-alone novels I'm really far behind when it comes to his series. I've finally begun the Night's Dawn trilogy earlier this year and was planning on reading The Neutronium Alchemist when Salvation unexpectedly showed up in my mailbox. I was glad, for now I'd be able to read and review installments of a new Hamilton sequence as they are published. Having only read The Reality Dysfunction, I can't really compare the opening chapter in the Salvation Sequence with the Night's Dawn, the Commenwealth, and the Void series. Yet as was the case with the Peter F. Hamilton books I've read thus far, it's obvious that Salvation is another space opera yarn of epic scope. Here's the blurb: 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. Hamilton is renowned for his worldbuilding, which is always vast in scope and vision. And Salvation is certainly no exception! By the beginning of the 23rd century, mankind has taken to the stars. Demonstration of quantum spatial entanglement engendered the creation of portals that now connect every place on Earth and every settled planet and asteroid out there. Solar powerwell portals dropped directly into the sun provide the vast amount of energy required to keep everything running. In 2144, as a number of planets are being terraformed, an alien starship approaching our solar system is detected. The extraterrestrial civilization is known as the Olyix and they travel in the arkship Salvation of Life to the End of the Universe to meet their god. The arkship requires enormous amounts of electricity to generate antimatter, so the Olyix begin to trade their superior biotechnology with humans in exchange for the energy they need to continue their endless pilgrimage across the galaxies. When a portal ship arrives in the Beta Eridani system in 2204, it detects a beacon signal coming from a crashed alien spaceship light years away from Earth. And as impossible as it sounds, that ship contains the remains of human victims. An assessment team comprised of powerful and important men and women is sent to investigate, and they'll soon realize that they have more in common than they ever thought possible. And eighty-nine years from their home world, they'll come to realize that Earth might be facing a threat and that no one is aware of the imminent danger. The structure of this novel is a little unusual and takes some time getting used to. There are three different timelines, and one of them feels somewhat discordant until you realize that it takes place far into the future. The first timeline follows the assessment team as they make their way to the alien ship's crash site. The second timeline explores the backstories of a number of members of the assessment team, and these chapters allow readers to connect the dots and find out how some of these people are related to one another and why they were selected for this mission. The third timeline occurs on Juloss, a terraformed planet nearly six centuries after the arrival of human settlers. That final timeline is decidedly different and it takes a while for things to start making sense. Protected by skyforts and with traveler generation ships having portaled out of orbit, the only people left on Juloss are those training to face the enemy which has decimated countless of mankind's home worlds. It's only when they refer to some of the assessment team members as Saints that it dawns upon you that the Juloss plotline takes place centuries, or even millennia, in the future and that Earth may already have been destroyed. This atypical narrative structure can sometimes make for an uneven reading experience. Salvation is never boring, mind you. But until everything comes together at the very end, one often wonders why such a big chunk of the pagecount is dedicated to some characters' backstories. The plot doesn't progress a whole lot for the better part of the novel, and Salvation often feels like the introduction to an introduction. Peter F. Hamilton always had a knack for creating interesting and genuine characters and the same can be said of the Salvation cast. The perspective through which we follow the assessment team is that of Feriton Kayne, an exosolar security division officer from the Connexion company. He is convinced that someone on the team could be an alien spy and he's trying to uncover who it might be before they reach the crash site. The second timeline features the points of view of disparate protagonists as their respective backstories are unveiled. It was interesting to discover what led to Callum and Yuri's profound hatred and how they were both involved with Jessika. And I loved how the mysterious dark ops agent only known as Cancer showed up in both Alik's multiple-murder case and Kandara's secret mission. The Juloss timeline is comprised of two POVS, that of Dellian and Yirella, following the evolution and training of a boy and a girl at the beginning, all the way to adulhood when they ultimately board a battleship and leave their world in search of the nameless enemy for a final showdown. Sadly, Salvation does suffer from occasional pacing issues. As is habitually his wont, Hamilton's latest novel weighs in at 565 pages and is another big work of fiction. Problem is, the bulk of the book focuses on the aforementioned backstories, not on what the blurb promised. And although those backstories can be fascinating and action-packed, there are times when you wonder why such a huge portion of the novel is devoted to what at first appears to be extraneous material. Only a handful of pages actually deal with the assessment team's arrival at the crash site, which was a bit of a disappointment. Having said that, Peter F. Hamilton closes the show with panache, with all the storylines culminating into the sort of ending that makes it impossible for me not to want to read the second volume, Salvation Lost, as soon as it comes out. In the end, Salvation is another epic space opera that sets the stage for what should be another gripping series featuring rich worldbuilding and complex characters. On its own, the book is not as self-contained as it could have been and that can be detrimental to both the plotlines and the rhythm of the novel. Still, it's a satisfying read that will likely get better and better when the forthcoming sequels are published. For more reviews, check out www.fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Salvation by Peter F Hamilton Review Salvation kicks off with aliens clearly infiltrating human society and then from the Hamilton takes the storyline into a future society where Earth has been contacted by another alien race known as the Olyix! :D Earth is ruled by political and corporations as humanity expands out into the universe! :D The books takes pleasure in changing your viewpoints on a page by page basis and this all works brilliantly to keep you guessing at every turn! :D It is is in thi Salvation by Peter F Hamilton Review Salvation kicks off with aliens clearly infiltrating human society and then from the Hamilton takes the storyline into a future society where Earth has been contacted by another alien race known as the Olyix! :D Earth is ruled by political and corporations as humanity expands out into the universe! :D The books takes pleasure in changing your viewpoints on a page by page basis and this all works brilliantly to keep you guessing at every turn! :D It is is in this environment that a crashed ship is found and the characters Alik Monday, Kandara Martinez, Jessika Mye, Yuri and his assistant Loi! :D They are dispatched to investigate the alien ship! :D There are more twists and turns in this story than you an throw a fish at! :D Salvation will keep you hopping throughout as you reckon you have worked out the story when it throws another spanner in the works! :D Salvation will really keep you hopping throughout trying to guess which way the plot is going! :D Characters tales and POV's shift throughout the book and this gives all the characters a unique feel and POV that forms part of the whole! :D This works as a great structure and the storyline build up off this! :D You will find yourself trying to guess how everything comes together and the light bulbs will go off only to have things changed around again as things change constantly throughout the book! :D At the same time the book also time jumps where we see a future society that is the remnant of human society following an alien invasion! :D The book will keep you guessing and on your toes throughout as the red herrings are out and figuring out everyone's allegiances is mind twisting! :D The plots start to coalesce at the end but they raise more questions than answers that will keep you guessing all the way! :D The plot of the book is cleverly done throwing in new plot points all the time that will have you guessing away at what is going to happen in the next books! :D The plot is epic in every way and this is cleverly hidden in much of the twist allowing you to make the connections yourself! :D In addition the characters all have their motivations to boot that will keep you guessing as to the ultimate loyalty but the future jumps keep letting you know that they are on the up and up which serves a great plot devices to keep you routing for the team and not expecting them to go at each others throats which works really well! :D Hamilton drops intrigues left right and centre but the changing time period gives things and overall perspective that really works and keeps everything fluid and cognisant! :D Salvation is on the face a politically driven detective story that takes a plot twists that you will not see coming that takes in into galaxy spanning war that you will see all the time but that is cunningly hidden amongst various plots and the twist will come and surprise you at every turn! :D Prepare for a wild crazy ride Salvation's doesn't pull it's punches at any point! :D Salvation is full of plot twist, heroics, Batman like detection, cunning, world building, adventure and action packed throughout! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D Go and get! :D

  23. 5 out of 5

    Plamen Nenchev

    Ever since Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton seems to be forever stuck in an ever-repetitive story about wormhole-based human expansion across the stars. Whether he names his built-in digital assistant ‘e-butler’, ‘secondary thought routines’ or ‘mInet’, every novel of his since 2004, whether set in the Commonwealth Universe or not, depicts wormhole travel, digitalisation of everyday life, human longevity and successful space colonisation and terraforming. To kick off the plot, every time a lurk Ever since Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton seems to be forever stuck in an ever-repetitive story about wormhole-based human expansion across the stars. Whether he names his built-in digital assistant ‘e-butler’, ‘secondary thought routines’ or ‘mInet’, every novel of his since 2004, whether set in the Commonwealth Universe or not, depicts wormhole travel, digitalisation of everyday life, human longevity and successful space colonisation and terraforming. To kick off the plot, every time a lurking alien threat appears, humanity is brought to the brink of disaster, but, alas, the threat is averted, THE END. Salvation fits the description of this generic Peter F Hamilton book to the letter: A derelict alien spacecraft carrying abducted comatose humans is found on a newly-discovered planet, and leading experts from the various factions of humanity are brought in to assess the threat. The structure of the novel seems to have been lifted straight from Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, with a backbone taking place in the ‘present’ and backstories of the experts forming the ‘past’. There is also an additional, ‘future’ timeline, which reads like formulaic, predictable YA fiction. The novel is a slow burn even by Peter F. Hamilton’s rather liberal standards. Things start to get mildly interesting once you are first one-quarter in. Some of the individual backstories are intriguing, others not so, but the ‘present’ timeline is sluggish, and the ‘future’ one is an atrocious slog that tested my nerves on a number of times. This does not mean that the novel is wholly without merit. Peter F. Hamilton still writes entertaining mind-boggling epics sprawling across hundreds of light years, dozens of uniquely crafted worlds and multiple fleshed out characters. However, it seems as if his writing grows more tired, more repetitive and less and less original with each consecutive book. This is the umpteenth time where Peter F. Hamilton writes more or less the same story, recycling and rehashing themes, elements and even stock characters from the Commonwealth Saga. Yes, the alien threat may be different, the point of view may be skewed to the left or right, wormholes can open up or down, terraforming can be less or more successful, there can be an added horror, fantasy or speculative subplot, but the basic principles always stay the same: wormholes, longevity, terraforming, expansion, bla-bla. Whatever originality Hamilton ever had seems to have been lost with Fallen Dragon some 20 years ago. I think this is the end of the road for me with Hamilton, I just see no point in buying his books any more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michel Meijer

    Very Hamiltonian novel. Having read all his sci-fi work multiple times, Salvation contained a pool of recognition. We got the aliens, the portals, the supersmart detectives and ditto criminals, the rich and powerful old boys and the planetary imperium, all described in Hamiltons great worldbuilding style. Hamilton put more times in the novel. While the Void-trilogy had it (Void stories in the past, Universe stories in the present), Hamilton played with it in this book at three levels: The story o Very Hamiltonian novel. Having read all his sci-fi work multiple times, Salvation contained a pool of recognition. We got the aliens, the portals, the supersmart detectives and ditto criminals, the rich and powerful old boys and the planetary imperium, all described in Hamiltons great worldbuilding style. Hamilton put more times in the novel. While the Void-trilogy had it (Void stories in the past, Universe stories in the present), Hamilton played with it in this book at three levels: The story of the investigation crew of the alien wreck in the present, their "what happened with you" intermezzos that took place in the past and a more disconnected story in the far future. It took me some time to have the flexibility to switch along, but in the end that was no problem anymore. Because I do track most of the sci-fi in this genre, I could not suppress the feeling that I have seen several themes before: portals from Hamiltons own book (albeit more detailed here as they are not depending on trains), the dark forest universe from Liu, the traveling group in Hyperion and the side-tracked human group with a more socialist theme against the kapitalist main stream economics in Hamilton own books. Also some of the characters showed recycled treats from the Commonwealth Universe characters in just a different setting (but I guess that happens when detective operations are described in more of Hamiltons work). I could not get used to the "sie" and "hir" gender neutral experiment in this book. Everytime "sie" and "hir" interrupted my reading. I think the Hamilton reader can cope with a gender switching race without the hybrid wording and in the end it was just irritant. Besides the things above, the novel and its science are great as "expected" from Hamilton. After finishing Salvation I longed to start Pandora's Star again to reread more of his work. Yes, the cliffhanger is real, but I knew that. Still I really want to know what is going to happen in part 2 as Salvation may not be what it is. Overall 4 stars. Salvation is a typical introducing novel, giving you the main characters, the worldbuilding and society and the force that is going to change it all. Now its time for the serious business to start. so I hope for a great sequel, with some real surprises.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Hamilton starts a new series by interweaving several stories. First we have a mysterious landing of aliens infiltrating our world that form the prologue and obviously are very significant. But the story moves elsewhere making us wonder how this short act will play out. Then we have the investigation of another alien craft and the team assigned to do so. Most of the tale isn't about the investigation however, but learning who this team is as they introduce themselves and we learn their individual Hamilton starts a new series by interweaving several stories. First we have a mysterious landing of aliens infiltrating our world that form the prologue and obviously are very significant. But the story moves elsewhere making us wonder how this short act will play out. Then we have the investigation of another alien craft and the team assigned to do so. Most of the tale isn't about the investigation however, but learning who this team is as they introduce themselves and we learn their individual backstories. This team is the focus of something significant, as they are legendary figures known far far in the future too. The final thread is the story of a group of budding warriors in the far future training to fight the enemies besetting humanity on all sides. Slowly these threads mesh to tell the tale of what appears to be an alien threat against all of humanity. Strongly looking forward to the next installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Most of the book is the backstories of the main characters investigating the alien ship (I was surprised how much of it was backstory), with occasional returns to the current setting. I found some sections a bit slow (eg the flagball game section near the start), but many parts engrossing, as we slowly fit things together piece by piece. There's a lot going on, with a whole range of characters (and aliens), but Hamilton expertly weaves their stories together, leading up to an explosive climax tha Most of the book is the backstories of the main characters investigating the alien ship (I was surprised how much of it was backstory), with occasional returns to the current setting. I found some sections a bit slow (eg the flagball game section near the start), but many parts engrossing, as we slowly fit things together piece by piece. There's a lot going on, with a whole range of characters (and aliens), but Hamilton expertly weaves their stories together, leading up to an explosive climax that sets up the next book well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liutauras

    I am still not sure if I like the way the story was presented. Trying not to spoil the plot, I suggest the reader to be patient until the end, which some times are difficult.... Anyway, looking for next book in series

  28. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Is Azathoth

    Review: SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton Each time I open a novel by Peter F. Hamilton, I am in awe, throughout the reading and after. In a colloquial sense, Mr. Hamilton is like the Stephen Hawking of Science Fiction, such an utter genius that our minds and imaginations are tasked and stretched trying to comprehend. I think his oeuvre ought to be a required university course. In this massively dual-timeline story, we are introduced to multiple species of aliens, with diverging purposes, and a human Review: SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton Each time I open a novel by Peter F. Hamilton, I am in awe, throughout the reading and after. In a colloquial sense, Mr. Hamilton is like the Stephen Hawking of Science Fiction, such an utter genius that our minds and imaginations are tasked and stretched trying to comprehend. I think his oeuvre ought to be a required university course. In this massively dual-timeline story, we are introduced to multiple species of aliens, with diverging purposes, and a humanity with advanced technology under control but still displaying the vices of greed, covetousness, vanity, and violence. SALVATION is Book One in the SALVATION SEQUENCE Series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    When I’m looking for science fiction with epic scale and a plot that is guaranteed to be engrossing I find there a few more reliable than Peter F Hamilton. His latest, Salvation, is another classic that is bound to please new and old fans alike. If aliens, global conspiracies, cool technology and a suitably vast collection of characters sounds like you’re thing then look no further, your next read has arrived The chapters involving Feriton Kayne and his colleagues reminded me of portmanteau films When I’m looking for science fiction with epic scale and a plot that is guaranteed to be engrossing I find there a few more reliable than Peter F Hamilton. His latest, Salvation, is another classic that is bound to please new and old fans alike. If aliens, global conspiracies, cool technology and a suitably vast collection of characters sounds like you’re thing then look no further, your next read has arrived The chapters involving Feriton Kayne and his colleagues reminded me of portmanteau films I’ve seen in the past. It feels like Salvation can almost be viewed as an interconnected collection of short stories. Each of the characters has their own story to tell and each of those stories help to move forward the main narrative. Each character takes a turn revealing to the others how and why they are part of the mission to the shipwreck. As they all sit around waiting to arrive at their destination, everyone is getting more and more suspicious of everyone else. Who can be trusted? And what secrets have yet to be revealed? We are in a whodunnit where we don’t know the details of the crime, never mind who perpetrated it. Don’t panic, you ultimately find out. This approach is a very effective plot device. It adds a nice extra layer of tension to proceedings Interspersed throughout this is a second thread of the narrative that is set many years in the future. It follows a young man called Dellian and a group of his classmates as they grow into adults and prepare to take part in a war. Since the day they were born, they have been training for one purpose – destroy the enemy and save what is left of humanity. Their development and inter-relationships allow the reader to explore how the human race has changed. This works as a good counterpoint to futuristic political thriller being played out in the other chapters. At first glance these two strands appear entirely disparate. How can Dellian’s story connect with Feriton’s? Hamilton drops a few tantalizing hints but this is only the first book in a series, so there is plenty left unsaid. This approach is likely to drive some readers a little bit bonkers, but I was left wanting more. Peter F Hamilton has always shown great skill when it comes to stories that are huge in scope, and I don’t think this book is any exception. You’ll soon realise that Salvation is just the beginning of something far larger. When it comes to genres, Science Fiction and I have a sometimes-fractious relationship. I remember the first time I tried to read The Reality Dysfunction, also by Hamilton, I could not get past the first chapter. It’s the weirdest thing, but I tried it again a couple of years later and it just clicked. I think it is the science part of science fiction I can find a little intimidating. If a novel is science heavy, for want of a better term, my brain goes into a bit of a blind panic. Salvation does feature some quantum entanglement related jiggery pokery, and some faster than light bit and bobs, but never so much that I found it jarring or distracting from the plot. If I can deal with that level of future stuff, then I’m sure anyone else can. In fact, some of the technological marvels are very easy to understand and appreciate. Hamilton’s take on future travel is particularly well executed. I loved the idea that there is a whole Stargate-esque gate system that allows people to quickly travel anywhere in the world, and beyond. Live in Edinburgh, but commute daily to Tokyo for work. The development of these gates immediately changes the face of the entire planet. That level of detail is consistently impressive. You can tell a great deal of thought has gone into considering all the aspects of how technology shapes humanity. When it comes to futurism, I think Peter F Hamilton is a bit of a master. He explores all manner of topics in his writing. Social injustice, gender equality, capitalism and religion all feature in Salvation in some form or another. As with his other novels there is much to digest. If you’re a Hamilton fan that it is almost a foregone conclusion that you’ll pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read his work before then Salvation may well be the place to start. It’s the ideal gateway drug. This is a news series, unconnected to any of his previous work. If you enjoy it, then the good news is that he has an extensive back catalogue which are all excellent. Nearly twenty years since its original publication* I’m still a huge fan of The Night’s Dawn trilogy. *Yes, I am terribly old. Thanks for noticing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am always excited to read a new to me author, especially in one of my favorite genres, however that excitement dwindled a little because I had a hard time becoming invested in the story. I loved the plot. However, there were a few things about the book I did not enjoy. I’ll get into that later. The story open with aliens, disguised as humans, landing on Earth. Skip forward to the beginning of the 23rd century and the Olyix, another alien species, has made contact. They are on a religious missio I am always excited to read a new to me author, especially in one of my favorite genres, however that excitement dwindled a little because I had a hard time becoming invested in the story. I loved the plot. However, there were a few things about the book I did not enjoy. I’ll get into that later. The story open with aliens, disguised as humans, landing on Earth. Skip forward to the beginning of the 23rd century and the Olyix, another alien species, has made contact. They are on a religious mission and are making a stop over to refuel before continuing on their journey to the end of time to meet their God. They have given humans technology to greatly extend life expectancy in exchange for the fuel they need. In addition, humans have now begun to colonize the galaxy. A new technology of jump gates, literally, makes far flung plants just one step away. A crashed alien ship is found on a newly discovered planet and this has a highly skilled team assembled to review the findings. As the team travels to the crash site, we learn more about each team member and how their lives, and what they do from this point forward, will affect the future of mankind. Interspersed with the team member’s stories is a look at life in the future at least 1000 years later. The humans of this time are being genetically modified to do battle against a group of hostile aliens. The reader learns that the crash site investigation team members are now called “Saints”. Therefore, you know something is not at it seems and the reader does not yet know why they are called “Saints”. I loved the story. My beef is with the execution. First problem, there is no main character. Therefore, I never had someone to identify with and root for. In addition, I did not enjoy all the various stories and the jumping around between time lines. It made the pace of the plot rough. Basically, it felt like a bunch of short stories strung together. I liked the inventiveness of the story and a couple of characters I liked a lot. I just wished the author had focused on one or two of the characters to advance the plot. I did like the story enough that it over came some of the problems and I liked it enough to read the next book in the series. Two addition items to note. First, this book ends on a cliff hanger so if you enjoy the book it will be a wait for the next installment. Lastly, my rating is 3.5 but I have rounded up to 4. I recommend this book to all those who love Science Fiction. If you are a true Sci-Fi fan, I think the flaws in the book are not fatal and you will still enjoy this one. I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my blog at www.thespineview.com.

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