Alright, I’ve been putting off writing this review for a couple days, but I think that I finally need to just do it. It’s hard because, while I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t. I might think that something’s wrong with me — after all, I haven’t enjoyed most of what I’ve read recently — if I wasn’t 100% in love with a book I’m currently beta reading. But anyway.
I would consider myself a fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I’ve previously read both the Void trilogy and The Abyss Beyond Dreams, which are set in his Commonwealth universe. I honestly adored both and was fully expecting to have the same feelings about Salvation. Maybe I wasn’t in a sci-fi mood, or maybe I just wasn’t in a Salvation mood, but as much as I wanted to like this book, it really fell flat for me. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t really feel much of anything for it.
As usual for Hamilton’s books, we’re all over the place. The book takes place over many years, over many continents and planets, and involves a whole lot of people. And also, as usual, everything is connected. The problem is that I never really felt any connection to any of the characters. I also felt that the book was unnecessarily long and ended up skimming a lot of the chapters.
I know that this review sounds pretty negative for a book that I gave three stars, so I feel like I should say again that I didn’t actually dislike this book. I think that people who read a lot of sci-fi would probably enjoy it. It’s a slow start to a new universe, but given what I know about Hamilton’s writing, I’m sure that it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Have you read Salvation? Are you a fan of Peter F. Hamilton?
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