Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga, #2)
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Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  12,598 ratings  ·  505 reviews
After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth's political elite finally acknowledge the Starflyer's existence, and put together an unlikely partnership to track down this...more
Paperback, 1235 pages
Published 2006 by Pan Books (first published 2005)
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Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" Novels. As has been mentioned before, this book is really the second half of a much larger book began in Pandora's Star. When counting the first book, this story comes in at almost 2000 pages. As daunting as that may seem, I was amazed by how easy it was to stay focused on the story. All of the different plot lines were so interesting and well done that I was never waiting for the pace to quicken. No doubt, Hamilton spends considerable time on details...more
Apatt
If you have read Pandora's Star previously starting on Judas Unchained should feel like coming home, as there would be no need to familiarize yourself with the settings or characters. On the other hand, if you attempt to read this book without having read Pandora's Star first it would be like wandering into somebody else's home by mistake, wondering who changed your furniture, realizing your mistake and make a quick exit before the cops arrive.

Judas Unchained continues the epic story started in...more
Ben Babcock
After I finished Pandora's Star , I ordered this sequel online and began it soon after it arrived at my doorstep. This is significant, because while I do not adhere religiously to the general order of my to-read list, I try to follow it in good faith. I couldn't wait over a year to read Judas Unchained, so despite my general moratorium on buying books, I made an exception. And I'm glad I did. Judas Unchained is off the frelling chain!

As with my review for Pandora's Star, I'll try to keep this on...more
Rob
Executive Summary: An enjoyable conclusion to the Commonwealth Duology. I plan to check out the Void trilogy at some point in the future.

Audio book: John Lee once again does a great job. He doesn't do voices, but he's got a great reading voice that I could listen to for hours and seems well suited to Space Opera. I'm excited to see he reads the Void series for Tantor as well as a few other books I plan to check out.

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This is a long one, but overall I enjoyed it. I think this works best...more
David Sven
Wow! What a ride. This is Space Opera at its finest. This second book in the Commonwealth Saga can’t really be described as a sequel as much as a continuation of the same story. If you put both books together you would be unable to discern where the break between the two would be.
As such, a lot of my comments made in my review of the first book still apply http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Some of our characters have decided the mythical Starflyer Alien is a real entity who has been subve...more
Shari
Dreaming heavens, finished at last! Fascinating read. Hamilton's science is the kind I like to read and immerse myself in: realistic with a good sprinkling of sci-fi magic here and there to keep the reader wondering. In this book there are lots of these without becoming overwhelming. The story starts where it's left off in Pandora's Star, and one surprising thing I noticed was that it pretty much moved forward with only brief reminders of what had happened in the first book (which I liked becaus...more
Drake
With all the build up in ‘Pandora’s Star,’ I couldn’t wait to finish up this Commonwealth tale in ‘Judas Unchained.’ Unfortunately, before reading it, was the last time I was excited about this book. Diving into Hamilton’s tome, I was again transported into his magically created world of reincarnation, transporting wormholes, bombs that can cause stars to go nova, and of course, a hostile alien force hell bent on humanity’s destruction. All exciting stuff, a masterfully created universe, creativ...more
Dara
Finally, this book is over!

That was my final thought. After an exhausting total of over 2,000 pages in this saga, I was ready for it to wrap up. I enjoyed the story overall but have a few gripes with Peter F. Hamilton.

Hamilton did an excellent job creating the Commonwealth universe. I really enjoy the feel of it and how it's familiar yet more advanced and fun. There are more toys to play with and the concept of rejuvenation is really interesting. The progression from modern day to the 24th-ish c...more
Oscar
‘Judas desencadenado’ no está a la altura de su predecesora, ‘La estrella de Pandora’. El cliffhanger con el que terminaba ésta, me hacía esperar un inicio más contundente. Pero no ha sido así. La cadencia de la narración, ya desde el principio, es excesivamente pausada y se extiende durante páginas y páginas sin que prácticamente suceda nada. Las piezas tardan excesivo tiempo en ponerse en juego y la trama se pierde en los detalles. Lo que resultaba absorbente y refrescante en el primer libro,...more
Terence
I have a love/hate relationship with Peter Hamilton's books. He's very adept at introducing interesting technology and making a faster-than-light society plausible but, as with a lot of these hard-science, libertarian SF authors, he badly needs an editor. I was skipping over multiple pages of irrelevance in both this book and its prequel, Pandora's Star. He also has far too many "main characters" who (despite 800+ pages) never seem to come alive. They all speak with essentially the same voice. A...more
Frostling
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David
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Katy
Reviewed in 2007.

My Reaction: I could hardly contain myself to wait for the ending and find out whodunit! This book - sequel to Pandora's Star - defies genres and contains elements of science fiction, space opera and mystery.

My Synopsis: While more and more people are beginning to believe that the Guardians of Selfhood have been correct all along about the existence of the Starflyer, the Prime launch an all-out attack to take over the Commonwealth and wipe out as many humans as possible, and en...more
Joshua
If you made it through Pandora's Star, you will definitely need to keep going with Judas Unchained. If they had tacked Chapter 1 of Judas Unchained onto the end of Pandora's Star, you wouldn't tell the difference. And in Judas Unchained, you get all the benefits of Pandora's Star without the confusing three hundred pages of introduction.

Judas Unchained continues the story of the Commonwealth as they battle against aliens both in and outside of their civilization. It basically felt like this enti...more
David
This is the concluding volume of the Commonwealth Saga. Human civilization has spread over a few hundred solar systems. Worm hole generators allow instantaneous transportation among these worlds. Space ships have been designed that can travel much faster than the speed of light.

One of the technologies that has been developed, is the ability to copy memories. By downloading memories to a memory cube, a person can be "relifed" if he dies in an accident (or is killed). Rebirth is equivalent to clon...more
Andrew O
This book had so many good things going for it, but a few bad things really overdone degrade the whole story.

The ideas and story are brilliant, and keep you interested. There are only 2 problems:

1. Hamilton cannot write characters with personality at all. They are just stereotypes and many of them act so similar I couldn't tell one from another. All the soldiers acted the same, all the villains acted the same, and everyone had the same attitudes concerning most subjects. I assume they are the a...more
Mad Professah
Reviewed at http://buckmire.blogspot.com/2006/11/...

Peter Hamilton is one of my favorite all-time authors, with his Night's Dawn series being one of my favorite science fiction outings.

Judas Unchained is the concluding half of the Commonwealth Saga begun in Pandora's Star.

Pandora's Star ends with an Alien invasion which seem to threaten the very existence of the human race. Judas Unchained starts seconds later.

The multiple plot strands that are strewn through the two novels finally come to fruit...more
Robert
After loving Pandora's Star, despite its problems (over-long, gets sidetracked in less important plot and less important characters, slows the action down too much at times) I was very much looking forward to Judas Unchained. With the way things had been left in Pandora's Star, I could only see Judas Unchained ramping up the pace as it sped towards a conclusion.

Unfortunately, Judas Unchained meanders around irritatingly, avoiding the most interesting plot threads and focusing on things which see...more
Andreas
These two books are simply two volumes of the same novel, dubbed the Commonwealth Saga. In the tradition of the other (even more) massive Hamilton opus, Night’s Dawn, it is a somewhat daunting cornucopia characters and interweaving subplots. This author can get away with it, since even his explanatory filler is eminently enjoyable. A very rich societal backdrop forms the stage for a drama with some very unexpected twists and turns. The most insignificant details come back to haunt the characters...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Don’t approach this book as a sequel to Pandora's Star. It is merely a continuation of the story. The two books form a cohesive whole, and are really just parts one and two of the same story. There is no way, really, that the two books can be read separate from one another.

The war between the Commonwealth and the Prime was always going to reach critical mass in this novel, and this is more or less what happens. However, things didn’t pan out quite how I was expecting. In this novel there is a sl...more
Jerico
Nov 26, 2007 Jerico rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: space opera fans
I used to really like Hamilton. His Night's Dawn series, all two million words or so of it, was great when I was younger- kind of Dickens meets Asimov, with billions of characters, subplots that zip around an immense and vivid universe, alien aliens, etc.

Hamilton was one of the first of the new space opera writers from the UK but his work at both novel (and series) level and his short fiction was limited to one main universe. He branched out with the very interesting Fallen Dragon which satisfie...more
Mike
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Mark
May 31, 2011 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Space Opera fans. Tom Clancy fans looking for Space Opera.
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Judas Unchained is the follow-up to Pandora's Star. There's really no reason for you to read it unless you've already read the first novel, as it is a direct continuation of the action. Judas Unchained and Pandora's Star are really both two halves of one book. Weighing in a 2000+ pages, it's a long one....a loooooooong one. But even long reads are worth a gander if they're good. If you don't want to read the entire review, then my recommendation is that you should read it if you're a space opera...more
Punk
Science Fiction. Not really a sequel, more like the second half of Pandora's Star. In fact, it starts before Pandora's Star even ends! Which would be fine, except Hamilton treats you like you just put down the first book ten minutes ago, and the only reason there was a ten minute gap was because it took you that long to lug Judas Unchained over to your reading chair.

I was happy to pick up this 800 page monster to find out what was going to happen to Paula, Ozzie, and the rest of the Commonwealth...more
Gail
I've been in a bit of a reading hole just recently. Maybe this will be the book that drags me out. Excellent action sequences. Aliens that simply have very little in common with humans or a human way of thinking. Some great characters, both male & female. There are plenty of twists and turns, you can figure them out if you've been paying close attention. There are a few things that simply left me scratching my head. Really? There are some slow bits where my mind started wandering off onto ot...more
Nico
Fantastic conclusion to the Commonwealth Saga and gladly no cliffhanger ending. Peter F. Hamilton tied all lose ends neatly together and let just a few tiny plot strands open, which I guess will be picked up in the Void Trilogy, set in the same universe. I ordered it directly, because I really enjoy Peter F. Hamiltons writing style and his eye for the detail on the technical aspects of his world building. If he could broaden his focus on the social and ethical aspects it would be a truly amazing...more
Joe
Peter Hamilton writes a strange sort of science fiction that is guided more by aesthetics than solid explanation. As I said elsewhere, it's like fantasy with the trappings of sci-fi in that the world-building is all sci-fi tropes, but his attitude seems to be to just run with something if it sounds like it would create an evocative setting, rather than providing a sensible explanation for why things work the way they do in his worlds... that said, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Can get EXTR...more
Ryandake
well, i was right about the skimming and eye-rolling, as well as some napping, i think. another reviewer wrote that if s/he saw the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete" one more time, there would be death and pain.

yep, i totally understand.

this book wraps up the pair nicely--no loose ends dangling, and all in all it's a satisfactory ending. without spoiling, there are some surprises that aren't very surprising, and one or two that are.

but it's never a good thing to read on and on, hoping that a boo...more
Tamahome
Nice space opera concludes from Pandora's Star. Didn't really care much around the end, but a good ride along the way.
Subhodeep Bandopadhyay
First impressions: Brilliant. It has been a long time since I have read a work of fiction that actually seems to be happening somewhere in a parallel universe. The entire array of characters, technology, species and plot twists that Hamilton has brought together in this book is completely mind boggling.

This book is a second part of Pandora's Star which ended exactly where you have an intermission in an action movie; right when the villain reveals it self and shows the world what it can do.

This...more
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author.
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