Judas Unchained is the high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from Peter F. Hamilton, one of the world's bestselling science fiction writers.
For hundreds of years the human race has been manipulated into starting a war that could destroy civilisation. As Chief Investigator Paula Myo hunts down the terrifying creature behind the ploy, the invasion continues...more
I read the Void trilogy before I got to the original two books. And I was quite surprised in one of the final chapters, where Ozzie used a Silfen path to get to the MLM system. From the Void books I understood that nothing could get through the Raiel DF shields, including Silfen paths. Is that wrong? (hide spoiler)]
The confession was necessary because seemingly everybody and their brother loved the book. Everybody except for grumpy me that is.
Let me remind you that in the previous book the humans of future opened a Pandora Box and let some aliens with Highlander motto ("There can be only one")
out in the wild. The latter happily proceed to exterminate our future race. End of book 1. This one picked right where the previous one left. Human ...more
Hamilton did an excellent job creating the Commonwealth universe. I really enjoyed the technological advancements yet it was familiar 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 cent ...more
Judas Unchained continues the epic story started in ...more
Well. It became important eventually. But I should mention that each of these books is roug ...more
As with my review for Pandora's Star, I'll try to keep this o ...more
In a spirit of full disclosure, I think of myself as a rather lazy person. So it should come as a bit of a surprise to me (and you, if you know me) that I am inspired, nay, compelled to submit a review of Judas Unchained (and the Commonwealth Saga of which it is the ass-end). But it does not surprise me. In fact, I’ve been saying for weeks how much I looked forward to finishing this series just so I could get ...more
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.
This is a long one, but overall I enjoyed it. I think this works bes ...more
This book picks up immediately after the end of Pandora's Star, and it distinctly benefits from not having to establish as much worldbuilding as its predecessor. Here, instead of introducing the reader to the numerous worlds and characters of the Commonwealth, Hamilton can simply jump right into their stories. With one major exception, the plot feels a lot tighter and less of it seems extraneous to the point. That said, the pacing ...more
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
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
In terms of content, this book hit's all my particular sweet spots required for the genre. There is so much in here ...more
Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained should essentially be viewed as one LONG book, nearly 2000 pages long in fact. It is epic, in scope, in vision, in ideas…….and in bloat. Hamilton really does need a better editor.
There is certai ...more
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
As the pu ...more
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
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
This is a very long, detailed, imaginative, and sprawling epic space opera that involves dozens of characters, plots, advanced technologies, alien races, ancient galactic mysteries, nefarious plots and counterplots, all told in an engaging narrative that doesn't get bogged down in exposition like a lot of other hard SF stories. It's far more entertaining than the more grim future vision of Alastair Reynolds, to which Peter Hamilton ...more
Is it worth ~1800 pages (including Pandora's Start)? Not sure.
The best is still the world-building: I can't remember any sci-fi that can rival it and only the best heavyweights in fantasy could beat such a complex (but feasible!) world.
Not all good, since in this second book the characters start feeling a bit flat: Everyone seems to behave the same way, just with different goals.
But the main issue of the whole endeavour is that, although everything adds together at end (which is ...more
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
Incredible science fiction from the master Peter Hamilton. Book two, or really more like the second half of Pandora' States is a complex, hugely entertaining space opera that is really about an alien invasion. I loved both of these books as they appeal to my tastes and my favorite genre. I do however have some issues with them. The sheer size makes them difficult to complete and as a result to truly love. At over 2000 pages for just two books, most other authors would have written it as f ...more