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Hellhole Awakening

(Hellhole Trilogy #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,018 ratings  ·  93 reviews
In this exhiliarting sequel to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Hellhole, the stakes on planet Hallholme have been raised to new heights.

After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Tor Books (first published February 1st 2013)
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Ms. Nikki
May 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Don't you just hate it when a book has an out-of-this world premise, but fails miserably when it comes to explaining and using the world and futuristic abilities that they have to the fullest extent?

I am really astounded that the authors did not try (if they did, they, again, failed miserably) to expound on their previous book, pulling the reader in and giving them their well-deserved reward of having some story-lines wrapped up and handing out some conclusions to some cliffhangers.

The dialogue
Pat Pierce
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
All the five and four star reviews for this book sound like publisher's blurbs. I think the publisher or authors must be seeding the reviews.

I read the first one because I liked the Dune books by these two, but I was very disappointed by Hellhole and Hellhole: Awakening. The characters are one dimensional, with cheesy dialogue and no real sense to their actions. The authors tell us what everyone is thinking (over and over and over again) so there are not many surprises in the book. All the chara
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, sci-fi, read_2014
HELLHOLE ended with a declaration of war with AWAKENING set up for a large scale confrontation between the Crown Jewel planets and the deep zone planets. Diadem Michella, Escobar Hallholme, and Ishop amongst others against General Adolphus and his alien Xayan race is epic within itself yet the added mystery of an anonymous space craft scanning Hellhole and the planets’ slow awakening added even more drama and chaos. There’s a lot to take in, and to the authors credit, they make it easily readabl ...more
Dunja MacAlister
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow at the start but by the middle and end I couldn’t put it down! Great sci-fi intrigue
Jul 25, 2017 marked it as abandoned
Recommends it for: sweet merciful Twain: NO ONE
Shelves: 2017
Like with true 2017 fashion, this is what I get for letting my 5 year old randomly pick books for me from the library. I'll be gracious and leave off any rating here. Needless to say, I'm flagging as abandoned for a reason.

I will say this: I've read plenty of trashy sci-fi in my day. And even most of the trashy sci-fi sequels that I read could stand on their own in at least a minimal capacity. This one was an obvious sequel from the first page, and was consequently stillborn in my eyes.
3.5 stars. This book was better than the first one, it flowed better and the characters felt more interesting. I probably would have given it four stars if it was more in my area of interest, it was just a bit too political and military for me, but that's just a matter of taste.

There were a few issues though. Some of the sections got very repetitive; Ishop repeated his issues over and over again, and we saw Bolton's history with and concern for Keana too many times, as a couple of examples. And
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty good story overall. Slower beginning, much more interesting in the second half. Some characters have great importance in the first book, and parts of this book, and then are fairly abandoned as their relevance to the plot wanes.

Lots of repetitive moments and reflections. If you haven't read the first book, you aren't missing anything because just about every plot point from the initial story is covered again...and again...and again in this book. I hope the third book doesn't do that.

Barbara Ghylin
I will pick this one up on March 26. I am currently reading the first one in order to catch up with what is going on Hellhole.
I finished this one last night. I was not ready for it to be over. The writers differently need to RIGHT FASTER!!
Stephen Holtman
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the highly anticipated sequel to Hellhole (Obviously). This one delves into both the elevating feud between The Diadem’s Crown Jewels and aldophus’s resistance and the attack by an unknown enemy who is out to stop the Xayan’s Alaru (A.K.A Their destinies). I thought that the way the individual stories were brought closer together while still being their own thing was awesome. I think that the part with the Xayan people was a little bit underwhelming. It was as if they were just there to ...more
Marc Diepstraten
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 2. Some love some hate it. I lean more towards the first. Of course the story is not meant to be finished in this book, leaving certain parts open, to be concluded later. This is somewhat annoying since some very pressing matters are ignored to resolved later. This is not always logical. Enough story left over for the third book. Little is revealed further in this one, it is almost nonstop action whereby events follow one another very quickly. It is not developing as I hoped it would but is ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With more action, more drama, more compelling schemes and juicy drama, Hellhole Awakening cranks things up a notch for an explosive journey. As the second book in the trilogy, I was prepared to expect another fun adventure, but I was pleasantly surprised with how the plot moved forward with grander schemes and richer characters. There were some moments in this book where I laughed out loud, raised my first in triumph, or stared at the page in disbelief. Hellhole Awakening proves that this series ...more
M.A. Kropp
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I did not read the first book in the series. I got this one in a contest, and decided to give it a try and if I needed to read the first, I could always shelve this until I did. As it turned out, I don't think it is necessary to read the first before this one. Sure, some of the nuance may have been lost, but most of what I needed to know was recapped as the story went along. 

As this second book opens, Tiber Adolphus is gathering his Deep Zone allies and preparing for the coming assault from the
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Argh, this was such a frustrating read. I really liked the first book and was looking forward to reading this sequel and seeing how "Game of Thrones - in space - with body-snatching aliens" was going to continue.

But the first 150 (!!) pages of this book was just a very slow and tedious recap of the first book. I understand, and can even sometimes appreciate, the need to reintroduce the reader to characters, settings, etc, but there is no way this should last more than a chapter or so (and in a w
Tim Eastman
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: garbage
This book was complete trash. I have never seen so many flaws in logic in a science fiction novel before, and I read a lot of science fiction.

The rebels blew out hubs 3 and 4 on the Hallholme line and after the troops from Sonjeera make it back to where hub 4 was they search in vain for a iperion string from hub 4 to hub 5, but are magically able to send a message packet from the now extinct hub 4, back to the extinct hub 3. The second in command on the sonjeera fleet just happens to have a ship
Nick Cato
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exiled General Tiber Adolphus is now unofficially in charge of protecting the 54 planets of the Deep Zone, a stretch of universe where rebels and undesirables are sent by the corrupt government of the 20 Crown Jewel worlds. Sent away by the brutal Diadem Michella in the first book, Adolphus has allied with a strange alien race who are currently coming "back to life" through volunteer human hosts on the planet Hallholme (a.k.a. Hellhole).

Michella's spies have caught wind of Adolphus' growing powe
Alex Shrugged
"Hellhole Awakening" is the second in the Hellhole Trilogy and it furthers the story along. I would have rated this series higher if I had not read "The Saga of Seven Suns" first. The plot is so similar I suspect some reuse of ideas by Anderson.

The story: a large part of the Constellation Fleet is sent against General Adolphus but he has a plan. I can't tell you what happens because a large part of the book revolves around what happened. Suffice it to say that it was gross... and reasonable for
Timmy Valionis
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Let me start with the bad.

The plot holes in this book kill it for me. Let me give you an example, (Very mild spoiler) there is an asteroid heading to a planet, this planet has multiple battleships capable of faster than light travel around it yet the idea of deflecting them is never mentioned, surely they could have at least tried to move it, I assume it'd be a pretty normal and easy task, but they never do try it.
Then there's the resources, each faction seems to have very convenient numbers th
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the collaborations of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and Hellhole Awakening is no exception. Really, I'm not entirely sure what to review here since this is #2 in a series and, by this point, you've made up your mind one way or another about the series.

Generally, these tend to be great stories that span star systems. The characters are mostly credible, but tend not to change over the course of the narrative -- the good guys are clearly good, the bad guys relish their evil (t
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I know that Ray Bradbury was right when he said that we should always read books even the bad ones, because it's important to read, but this book killed me. The first one was alright. It wasn't great, but it was okay. So I saw this book at the library and thought I'd try reading it since I had read the first one and see if it was better. It was not. Hellhole Awakening has to be one of the worst books I have ever read and I read an incredibly dry and droning book on String Theory that nearly put ...more
William M.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The second book in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s original Hellhole trilogy is very consistent with the first book. Taking place immediately after the first book ends, the authors build upon both the characters and situations, creating a more action packed second book, with considerably more deaths and political deceit.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will no doubt have a good time with this one. And while certain secrets are revealed that were quite predictable, it was still a fun rid
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
There are not many writers who do space sagas better than Kevin Anderson (i know the Goodreads lists shows Brian Herbert as the lead author but trust me, KJA had to be the strong hand here). This series is no exception, with plenty of space battles, political intrigue, action and aliens. The reason I gave it three stars is not because it is lacking in the elements that make this type of book entertaining, rather it just doesn't break any new ground nor does it give me a sense of wow. I suspect t ...more
James Caldwell
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think it's important that you come to the Hellhole trilogy with certain expectations. I'm not used to the style of writing Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert did on this trilogy, so I ended up feeling the first novel was kind of slow, with promise of a lot more to come in the sequels. And even though that is true for Hellhole: Awakening, I finally came to the understanding that this series is not an "action packed" story.

The Hellhole trilogy, in my opinion, can be best described as a politica
William Crosby
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
In general, the rebels are more complex characters whereas the Constellation nobels are one-dimensional ("hit hard hit fast" is their military model and reflects their basic approach to life). No character has the complexity of George Martin's Fire and Ice series.

Also, the plot developments can almost always be predicted: any time a character on either side is confident then that character's plans are disrupted. It got annoying fast.

In addition, a suggestion regarding irony: it needs to be dishe
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
I'm ok with cliffhangers, but not finishing any major storylines (and there were several), only bringing minor episodes to a close, is just annoying.

Hellhole: Awakening borrows from the creativity of the first book Hellhole, and brings us a repetitive tale that, basically, takes us nowhere. Most of the "big" revelations were pretty obvious and any attentive reader would have figured them out a few chapters before.

If you are dying to know what happened next after the previous book, AND you can fi
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I read this without reading Hellhole.

Colonial planets fight for independence.

I had no problem following the plot, even though I didn't read the first book. There are many repetitive passages; each shift to certain characters involves an introduction as if we had never before met the character. There are other minor repetitions and it gets worse as the book grows longer. With these exceptions, all the words have a purpose beyond adding length; there are few extraneous details or sub-plots. The en
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to reading this, the second installment. It starts off slow. In fact it took to almost page 200 before things get really interesting, but that's because there are so many different layers and characters driving the plot. It took that long to get all the pieces in play, kind of like a chess game. From that point on, it was an edge of your seat thrill ride. To anyone familiar with sci-fi, think 2 parts Dune, 1 part Foundation and 1 ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a trilogy... the first was good but I found the second to be kind of... eh, not really silly but I just had a hard time taking the characters seriously... the main character, Tiber Adolphus, every time he was in a scene I kept imagining Zap Branigan from Futurama... the story moved along quick and was good, so I'll probably read the third book when it comes out so I at least know how it all ends... but now, on to Stephen King's new book, "Doctor Sleep"... my copy should com ...more
Natalie Williams
It's hard to know where they'll be going with this next . . . I'm not a spoiler, so I'm not going to tell you what happened . . . read the description for a sense of the story. Brian and Kevin weave some intricate plots and they sure threw in a few big twists . . . sometimes, I worry they get so complicated there's no way to easily resolve all the story-lines in a satisfying manner.

Nonetheless, they have my attention and I'll read the next one, and the next one, etc., until they decide to end th
A. Roy King
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Hellhole Awakening" is the second book in Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert's "Hellhole" series, a space opera about a rebel general and his attempt to form a breakaway confederation of planets in opposition to an evil empire.

This novel shows Anderson's great plotting ability. He skillfully weaves a number of subplots, layers of narrative, plot twists, and reverses, to create an engaging story.

I would have to give this book a cleanness rating of only three stars out of five. There's some prof
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