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The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  23,471 ratings  ·  706 reviews
The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time

The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted mu

Hardcover, 592 pages
Published August 4th 1997 by Spectra (first published 1997)
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I survived!

As I’ve reported in my previous reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if my gray matter was going to be permanently fried by this epic sci-fi story. I finally got through to the end with most of my marbles still in the bag they came in.

It’s almost impossible to give a summary of this without spoiling the previous book so I’ll just say that Aenea and Raul Endymion continue their interstellar journey to fulfill her ultimate destiny as the powerful forces of a corrup
Dan 1.0
After four years on Old Earth, Raul Endymion resumes the voyage on the river Tethys to find the Consul's ship. Meanwhile, Aenea leaves Old Earth behind to find her destiny. In addition to hunting for the One Who Teaches, The Pax launches a Crusade to wipe out the Ouster menace once and for all. Will Aenea fulfill her destiny and end the Pax's reign once and for all?

I have to admit, I was skeptical for the first half of this book. It wasn't urination-inducing good like the first two and I actuall
This book could have been half the length and I would have been thrilled.

Too much philosophizing. Too much useless description, too much exposition of the "science" behind why the characters were able to do what they did. The plot "twist," if it was meant to be one, was pretty damned obvious immediately.

Again, de Soya was much more compelling than any of the major characters, and he's relegated to an even less important role in this book. SO DISAPPOINTING. He may be one of my favorite characters
The scene where Corporal Bassin Kee is undergoing torture at the hands of the Grand Inquisitor , who uses a machine that simulates "crushed testicles" and "hot wire behind right eye" in the victim's brain ... that's a good approximation of the experience I had reading this book. There's Dan Simmons sitting at his desk, finger poised over a computer keyboard. In the place of letters, each key has a different literary torture: "moldy info dump forced down throat", "insufferable protagonist buzzes ...more
Finally I have finished the entire Hyperion Cantos, the series than began with the all-time sci-fi classic Hyperion, almost concluded in The Fall of Hyperion, launched a second arc in Endymion and ends here with The Rise of Endymion.

These last two books read more like a duology than the third and fourth installations of a series. The Cantos is often discussed in PrintSF, my sci-fi books discussions online community. The second half of the series tend to be quite polarizing. Some people love it,
I put off reading Endymion/Rise of for a long time (like several years) because a lot of people I knew seemed not to think much of them and I already wasn't quite as impressed with Fall of Hyperion as the Chaucerian original. If anything the events in this book are a huge payoff for what I remember as the sort of abstract and confusing bits of Fall of... and in a way having that huge time span in my own reading parallels nicely the elegant way in which Simmons manages this incredibly densely plo ...more
This is the last book of Simmons' Hyperion Cantos and arguably, the most moving. Raul, Aenea and A. Bettik have settled on Old Earth for the last four years but young Aenea knows it is time to leave and they must part ways. Raul is sent on a mission to retrieve the Consul's old spaceship (probably one of my favorite "characters" in the entire series) and Aenea and A. Bettik journey on so that the girl can spread her wisdom, so to speak, and to continue constructing her architectural wonders on a ...more
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites (along with the other three books of the Hyperion Cantos). In my opinion, along with the Dune series, the Hyperion Cantos is the best SF space opera series ever written and Dan Simmons is one of the best writers working today. Hyperion is a recognized classic in SF, but I believe that the other three books in the Cantos, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and this novel are equally superb and I think readers are really missing out if they stop at the first ...more
THE RISE OF ENDYMION is the fourth and final volume of Dan Simmons' Hyperion saga and the conclusion of the storyline begun in ENDYMION. I only plodded through that book because I wanted to reach the end, and with THE RISE OF ENDYMION even that motivation almost dried up.

The problems are legion. The book is overlong, with huge sections that just serve no legitimate purpose, such as Raul's time in the Temple Hanging in Air. Simmons' extends his work as much as he can to give it an "epic" feel, bu
Boy does this book disappear up its own butthole halfway through. I've always said, if there's one thing I love its pages and pages worth of metaphysical explanation of imaginary science fiction macguffins that in case you were wondering, do not actually exist, and therefore lack any sort of educational value which the reader might obtain from a similarly dry lecture on a real scientific subject. Anyway.

This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative
Very disappointed with the conclusion of the series. Halfway through the book I paused and checked to make sure I wasn't reading Twilight. The evolution into a love story was forced and I felt absolutely none of the chemistry and undying love and loyalty that was supposed to have grown between Raul and Aenea. On top of that, her repeated response of "I'll explain later" to a lot of the plot-hole seeming sections were never actually explained! The sex scenes were unnecessary and just seemed like ...more
The closing volume of the Hyperion series had a huge emotional impact on me. By now, I cared about the new characters, whose fates at the end of the series are serious and sometimes difficult to read. Simmons also brings his ideas to full fruition and posits some interesting observations about humanity and our place in the Universe. This is thoughtful, adventurous fiction. I will return to it for the rest of my life.
Sep 26, 2012 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AIs, Roman Catholic starship captains, girl messiahs
Like Endymion, this is a solid 3.5 stars. The conclusion to the four-book Hyperion Cantos is quite epic, and I am still trying to figure out why it just didn't wow me. I liked it okay, but I know a lot of people who love this series and periodically reread it, and I have no desire to.

As with the first duology, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, the second book is actually better than the first; Endymion set up the final confrontation between the Pax, the Ousters, and the TechnoCore, and the fina
Dan Simmons’s novels are complex, abstract, and intricately woven in both form and style. His capstone novel for the Hyperion cantos, The Rise of Endymion, is no exception to this. Like its predecessor Endymion, The Rise of Endymion follows Raul Endymion, Aenea, and A. Bettik as they support Aenea in completing her mysterious mission. Despite his writing prowess, Dan Simmons has two problems: first, he is far too verbose in some areas and too scant in others. Second, his endings are often crude ...more
If you trudged through the first three novels in the Hyperion series, Rise of Endymion offers a beautifully crafted and satisfying conclusion. Just about all of the plot threads are finally woven together, major questions answered, and characters' stories wrapped up in a hopeful, but utterly bittersweet package.
This one is quite a page turner and the action is kept tight and consistent throughout the narrative, with the great majority of chapters focused on the development of Endymion and Anea's
Manish Nair
I loved it so much, it hurt to finish it.

From start to finish, The Rise of Endymion was a spiritual adventure. Raul is an endearing character, telling his story from within a Schrodinger Cat Box and awaiting his imminent death. There is nothing outstandingly special about him; barring his voluntary rejection of the cruciform and his firm dedication to protecting Aenea, he is virtually an almost worthless player in the story, who knows essentially as little as the reader. Yet the manner of the d
At first I simply disliked this book. It was retconning it's own canon and ruining the mythos it has in the name of some cheapened extension of the tale. The mysteries and unknowable nature of The Core, the shrike and the history of it's characters are abandoned in the name of some hack-kneed messiah tale that fails as both a romance and science fiction tale. It's overly long, riddled with psuedo-philisophical stupidity, and just when you hope it will redeem itself it shits the bed and leaves yo ...more
I truly hope the conclusion is as good as everything leading up to it. So far, really enjoying this but let's see!

Ok done.. Some things I liked, some I didn't.. I think in some points the author beats around the bush too much, I don't need all that information on religion and those way too detailed scenes with the Catholics or anything, but the series did need an ending and this gave it a decent one. Just didn't need all of it.. I think he maybe got carried away! lol
It was inevitable. Hyperion was just too damn good not to bite the bullet and read the last installment and get full closure on what everything means. So, at the end of it all, was it all worth it?
Well, all questions are answered, but no, not really. This was just way too much reading and time invested.
But, I do wish I could erase all memories of the first Hyperion novel and read it over again. It really was spectacular.
The Rise Of Endymion by Dan Simmons is a Science Fiction novel on a grand space opera level with a very personal and detailed feel to the characters. It is the fourth and last in the Hyperion Cantos series.

The story follows straight on from Endymion and focuses on the final journey of Raul and Aenea to try to stop the PAX church from gaining total dominion over the hearts and souls of every human alive. It is told through the written account of Raul as he sits in a orbiting prison cell waiting f
Mild spoilers follow.

I was very disappointed by the end of the series. There was little of the adventure that made Endymion fun, there was significantly more of the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo that detracted from Fall, and what soul the book possessed was only a pale imitation of the depth that made Hyperion great.

I appreciate what Simmons was trying to do, and he is a phenomenal writer, but this falls short. Raul degenerates into a simple-minded plot device. Aenea's transition from a childish and
David Mcangus
The Cantos ends with its most ambitious entry. It is due to this ambition however, that the book doesn't quite reach the potential that the previous novels hinted at. Nevertheless it's still a satisfying and rewarding tale that I would encourage readers of the previous books to pick up, as it does a remarkable job at finishing the story.

Throughout my time with Simmons's spectacular series, I couldn't help but mentally contrast it with Frank Herbert's much revered Dune series. I read the later e

As the finale to the series, this book winds up the foursome in a whirlwind. And it unexpectedly brought tears to my eyes with the strength of the ending. The first 3 books were very good indeed but this one was the best.

Told as recollection by a prisoner in the ultimate prison (in a Schrödinger's cat capsule in orbit around an abandoned star) the story ranges from love story to religious corruption to art retreats (and their pitfalls) to the nature (and innate power) of information and life in

I could not have asked for a more perfect conclusion to this series of books. Simmons really outdid himself with this thoughtful, contemplative, action-packed, moving and ultimately deeply, richly philosophical masterpiece.

As Aenea grows into the "messiah" she was said to be from the beginning of Endymion, her message grows both more simple and more complex. Without spoiling it, I will say that her ultimate two-word message to humanity was among the wisest things I have heard a character in a s
Andrew Fourn
Stray Observations:

-The Hyperion series, as a whole, is excellent. The first book is one of the greatest works of science fiction to date. However, I think the sequels diminished its strengths. There was a TON of reinterpreting the past stories. It reminded me of the TV show Lost or the tried to tie up too many loose ends and it needed to modify the story to fit the ending.

-Seems like a lot of Alfred Bester inspiration here. "The Stars My Destination" was what came to mind immediate
James Aguilar
I did not like this book. Simmons did with it what he did with fall of Hyperion. We spend entirely too much time focused on characters we don't care about (Cardinal Mustafa, for example -- it was Meina Gladstone (view spoiler) in Fall). Rise gets way too explainy, and not actiony enough. The fact that Aenea is an architect doesn't help. Are you ready for chapters full of descriptions of imaginary worlds that serve no purpose but to satisfy Simmons' world-building wanker ...more
I hate this book. I hate the narrator. I hate the main character.

Hyperion I enjoyed. And for the rest of the series, the story, the characters, the drama-- everything just... declined.

When I read Hyperion, I had real investment in the characters-- making it through their quest alive (or not, but that's also a testament to how fantastic the story and character development were-- I had strong opinions about all of them), finding resolution, etc. By The Rise of Endymion, most of those characters
This is the fourth and last part of what is usually called the "Hyperion Cantos" series (actually two duologies), and all in all the instalment I enjoyed the least. It goes on where the previous book left off; describing Paul, Bettik and Aenea's (surprisingly dull) years on Old Earth and subsequently Aenea's rise to become the "messiah" she is destined to become.

This book explains a lot about what has been going on in the last three books (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion & Endymion), such as the
The first book I read this year was Dan Simmons' Hyperion, which in turn led to The Fall of Hyperion and Endymion, comprising what I believe is one of the most well-written and compulsively readable science fiction adventures of our age. I really grew to love these books and the fascinating universe they contain, so it was a bit of a bummer that the last book fell apart.

The first three books consisted largely of high adventure, intergalactic politics, epic warfare and apolcayptic social collapse
Dave Musicant
I won't go as far as to say that Simmons jumped the shark by the end, but wow, this series really fell far from the stunningly amazing first book. The story in this book definitely had some decent moments, but it had a lot of dumb ones too. I don't have a lot of patience for a sequel that says, repeatedly, "Oh, that explanation of xxxx that you got in a previous book? The person who told you that was lying, and the _real_ story is different." This book felt at times to me like BSG in that Simmon ...more
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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, ...more
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Hyperion Cantos (4 books)
  • Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
  • The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)
  • Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3)
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