Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Comfort Read | The Void Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton
I've struggled to read since just before Christmas for a variety of reasons, but I finally managed to break into some books this past week. I've been eyeing quite a few that have arrived at the house over the past couple of months, but every time I start one my attention seems to drift off and I can never really get into them. I decided that it was time for a comfort read, and me being me I don't do things by half. So, last week I cracked open The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton, planning to read all three books over a few weeks. However, much like the Void, I devoured them, and in just a week too. Excellent!
Set 1500 years in the future, the Void trilogy is the story about galactic turmoil after the Living Dream followers announce a pilgrimage to the Void, a vast artificial construct at the heart of the galaxy that can grant ultimate fulfillment to those living within. With much in-fighting between human factions, both for and against the pilgrimage, tensions between humanity and other races, and many other events, the Void trilogy truly is epic in scale. And all of this is focused around the story of Edeard the Waterwalker whose life inside the Void Inigo dreamed of and shared.
So, why the Void trilogy? Simple - I know I enjoy it. It's got some great space opera elements with lots going on, but it also has Edeard's story within the Void. These sections are sci-fi light, perhaps even science fantasy, but they seem to work so well. I enjoy the characters Peter creates and the settings and situations he puts them in. It all ends up being a very readable story, and that's exactly what I needed at the moment and it seems to have done the job of re-awakening my interest in reading again :)
My full reviews of all books are already on the blog, check them out here for some more detailed thoughts on them: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void.