This book is so, so different from what I normally read that I’m not even sure where to start. I know that Peter F. Hamilton is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors, and he’s been suggesting to me for years that I try out some of his favorite epic fantasy novels. So I guess it’s just a coincidence that when I got really frustrated with young adult/new adult as a whole, I saw Hamilton’s new novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, pop up on Netgalley. I never thought I would be approved – most of my Netgalley approvals are embarrassing romance novels – but for some reason, Del Rey decided to take a chance on me and approve the request. I had a little moment of panic when I received that approval email, because, after all, now I needed to read almost 2000 pages of the Void trilogy to really understand what’s going on. What if I didn’t like it? What had I gotten myself into?
I didn’t need to worry. It was a little bit of a change, going from reading fluffy romances to the intricate world that Hamilton has built in his Void series. Instead of following one character, you’re following a good dozen or so, but it’s easy enough to adjust.
I’m actually surprised at how much I liked The Dreaming Void.
Suffice it to say that there’s a lot going on in The Dreaming Void. While there are a handful of stories carefully woven together, it’s split into two main sections taking place in two different worlds. I will admit that at the beginning of the novel, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that I was getting that I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. It took me almost a week to read the first 200 pages, and then another week to finish the remaining 400+. The story starts off a little slow, but then really picks up steam as Edeard’s story unfolds and it becomes apparent why a religion began as a result of his actions.
I wish that I’d actually started with the Commonwealth series to have a bit more background on this universe, but then I’d be even further from completing The Abyss Beyond Dreams prior to its release date. (I suppose I can always go back and read it once I’ve finished the next three books.)
I’m already fairly deep into The Temporal Void, and I’m looking forward to finding out what comes next for these characters that I’ve grown to love.
Final rating: ★★★★☆