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The Abyss Beyond Dreams

(Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  11,151 ratings  ·  659 reviews
The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel—self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void.

Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Del Rey (first published 2014)
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Leslie Yes. Start with Pandora's Star, then Judas Unchained, then read the 3 Void books, The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void. In a ye…moreYes. Start with Pandora's Star, then Judas Unchained, then read the 3 Void books, The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void. In a year (4051 pages) you might be ready for The Abyss Beyond Dreams. :)(less)

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Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first one hundred pages were good, I thought I was getting back into the fascinated science fiction universe that I'd spent thousands of pages exploring with this author before. My curiosity was ramping up as I saw pieces of the past being pulled into what appeared to be an exciting new mystery and the puzzle pieces seemed to be assembling. And then...the rest of the book is a boring and totally stereotypical revolution full of comrades and cells and people I don't care about in a city I don ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Nigel!

I love how we're continuing on with SO MANY of the previously great Commonwealth characters again, picking up the same awesomeness we visited in the Void trilogy.

The void is a galaxy eating event that houses an alternate universe that allows the people within it to live VERY fast, generations and generations to our single generation on the outside, but with Psi abilities, depressed technological workings, and... fantastically diverse worlds. :)

The hard-SF universe on the outside, repre
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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For those of you who have never heard of Peter F. Hamilton, he is a giant within the science fiction genre, and specialist in space operas in particular. In The Abyss Beyond Dreams Hamilton returns to the Commonwealth and the universe of his acclaimed Void Trilogy with the first installment of Chronicle of the Fallers, a new two-part series. Abyss is perfect both for fans of Hamilton’s work and for new
ESP + Telepathy + Telekinesis + Sobbing, Hysterical Women = DNF @ 16%

The women in this were absolutely absurd. Over-emotional, tantrums, hysteria, sobbing... Hamilton tried to write it off as the void affecting them but then why were only the women hysterical? And why did the remaining man stay rational? It was a huge contrast to Pushing Ice and Reynolds's extremely well written women.

What a horrible experience, if brief.
The Abyss Beyond Dreams (great and well deserved title given the content) is the first of a duology ending with Night Without Stars which I expect to advance the Commonwealth universe beyond the Evolutionary Void timeline, though for now we are still within it

High class sf combined with the Void magic like properties, an entertaining appearance from Paula Myo who helps Nigel (presumed gone with a colony fleet ~3000 AD but still in the Commonwealth semi-incognito in 3326 as per the blurb) manage
“Gideon” Dave Newell
Like Hamilton’s earlier Void trilogy, this story is largely set in the pocket universe of The Void, where electronics and other post-19th century technology fails, and society has developed around ubiquitous psychic ability. Hamilton avoids continuity problems by devising an independent planet, Bienvenido,
within the same Void as the earlier stories on which to stage the action. Here, all the same physical Void laws remain the same, but have slightly different nomenclature. Likewise, a similar s
Jack Tripper
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
While The Abyss Beyond Dreams is technically the seventh novel in the Commonwealth saga (which began with 2002's Misspent Youth), it still makes for a more-than-suitable entry point into the universe, as Hamilton does an excellent job getting the reader up to speed on all the future-tech and lingo, the history of the Commonwealth, and the nature of the mysterious Void, a black hole-like spatial anomaly about which not much at all is known, other than the fact that it's expanding, and that an anc ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4 Stars

The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter Hamilton is yet another science fiction novel tailor made for me and my interests. This is book one in the Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers series duology. I scored this book only 4 Stars as it does suffer some pacing issues(not uncommon in a Hamilton novel), as well as a few minor quirks. But, make no mistake, for my enjoyment, this was a perfect book that I loved and couldn't put down. There are some incredible portions of this story that are mind
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventures in the Void continue. But they are now taking place on Bienvenido, not Querencia.

Even though there are more or less the same features as in The Void trilogy and a lot more clichés than in PFH’s other books, the adventures are as gripping as always and of course there are plenty elements of surprise. You’ll find a lot of steampunk, nanotech, ANAdroids, telekinesis, time travel and Nigel :)

Lot of questions unanswered at the end so let’s see what brings the last book in this universe.

Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-rev, reviewed

3 stars

At the request of the alien Raiel, human genius Nigel Sheldon enters the Void - a strange section of the universe where normal laws do not apply. Within the void, on the planet Bienvenido, a determined young man fights to protect his world from the dangerous Fallers.

Authors often feel compelled to tell the same story again and again. Sometimes literally the same story, from a different viewpoint (as in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow). More often, it's the same
Carolyn F.

Oh my gosh this book was long! And I agree with other reviewers that this is a book within a book within a book. The beginning was good - at first I thought it would be in the vein of Alien with lots of blood and gore. Then the next "book" started which I did not find very interesting at all and if this were a physical book I would have stopped reading it about a third of the way in. All of the lives intersect neatly in the end - too neatly. It's like the author had to justify all of th
Chris Berko
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My eleventh Peter F Hamilton book and structurally it is unlike all the others. At first I thought it was going to be the first below five star read from him but by the finale all was forgiven and redemption was had. I love the way he writes, I love long multi-volume stories, and I just bought the second in this series. Great stuff!
Mark Medina
Good, not awesome.

Enjoyable but not outstanding. Continues the story of the void begun in previous commonwealth books. Some of the same characters, and lots of new ones. Action moves to a different planet within the void, and introduces New bad guys. A bit over long for what it is, but still a worthwhile read.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Peter F. Hamilton is one of my favourite authors as he excels in creating believable, complex and captivating stories. The characters may not be very deep, but they are always interesting and seem real in the setting of the plots. Pace and thrill are ever present and the complexity of the universes that Hamilton builds are epic in scope.

However, I was hoping for more Science Fiction in this novel -- it only amounts to perhaps 20%. Much of the story take place in the Void on a particular planet
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok, I'm really not sure how to rate this one. Well, it started off on fire! Everything I ever wanted in a sci fi novel. The Void, a space within space that is somehow giving everyone that enters it these awesome abilities, but is the Void just a weird pocket of space...or does it have a purpose? Maybe even a mind of it's own. And who are the skylords! It was just everything. just seems to turn into a completely different book. All about the politics on this planet within the Void. Did ...more
Shannon Callahan
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This would be the first time I admit that I did enjoy the multi-characters story. The whole science ideas were thoughtful, new, and fun to think of...they made me want to read more. However, I have to admit that one thing that bothered me the most. It would be the language itself...especially with slangs and cussing. They are too attached to modern speaking. It shouldn’t...the language for this book should be different and unfamiliar. On another side of the note, I loved the early twist
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Two or three stars....that is the question. This was a very 'science-y' science fiction book....and I loved the start. I was completely hooked on the opening story. Then it switched to a different story. Unfortunately, I just wasn't pulled into that one like I was with the opening story. The characters and the world building weren't as intriguing. However, I thought the plot was very creative. I liked how the author tied it all together. SO....I'll go with 3 stars. ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. There's not really another word for this book. Since I'm such a huge fan of Peter's Commonwealth Saga and the Void trilogy, this went straight to the top of my reading list. And what a book! It just felt good to read.

The story is built inside the same amazing universe as those previous series but new readers will not struggle either as Hamilton has created an entirely new story thread with enough background information to support it if you have not read any of the other Commonwealth
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, dnf
I liked the first 25% or so of this book. The concept of the Void and Skylords was interesting. There was a little too much science babel for me in the beginning of this book but at around the 10% mark it started to get very exciting. Part 2 skipped ahead about 200 years and started to tell the story of Nigel who is sent to investigate the source in the Void of some unusual dreams that are forming the basis of a human cult. I was just getting caught up in this story when the book abruptly skippe ...more
3.5 stars

I enjoyed Hamilton’s writing style, but I must admit to being a bit confused or at least uninformed about his existing Commonwealth and Void universes. This was my first Hamilton novel so I dived right in and either sank or swam by his efforts. To his credit, even with limited world-building or recap exposition in the Prologue, I gleaned enough to make the read enjoyable.

Read the rest of my review at my blog.
Steven Stennett
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in familiar territory at the beginning, the commonwealth a place I have traveled to before with Hamilton.

The middle of the book, slightly stilted for me. It was OK, something I wouldn't have expected from this author, whose previous work I have devoured.

The latter, final act redeemed the book for me, raising the bar of the whole piece.

This book is a solid, set up for the next.

I would liked a little bit more umpth from the get go, for the next installment, but all that said, it is solid 4
Yet again Peter F Hamilton proves why he is my favourite author - utterly engrossing storytelling, combining wonder, adventure and horror, full of vividly-realised portraits of people, environments and strangeness. The novel travels back into the Void but there are also elements that reminded me just why I enjoyed the Night's Dawn trilogy so much. A magnificent book with a perfect title.

Fred Hughes
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Another great story from master story teller Peter F. Hamilton. Getting into the Void was never possible however with the help of the Rieal some humans have done it. 3000 years later they are safely on a planet with basic living standards, except the Void slowly destroys any technology so simple is the guiding principal.

Great series from a great author

Oct 11, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is copy 268 of 800 signed numbered slipcased copies signed by Peter F. Hamilton.
Michel Meijer
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Oke, Peter Hamilton is one of my top favorite writers win the sci-fi scene, so I really wanted to like this book. And whilst reading it, my progress was slow and I could myself not find to be engaged with this one. What happened here? Why could the new novel of my number 1 not bother me too much? Well, it's the Void. I knew this was a Void novel, but that it turned me down like this I didn't expect.

The start was promising: A spaceship with human colonists end up in the Void, which is in the mid
Executive Summary: This one started slow but ended strong and them just kind of stops. It really feels more like half of a book than the first in a Duology.

Audiobook: John Lee does his usual excellent job. For me he's a bit synonymous with Sci-Fi, and certainly with the Commonwealth. He doesn't really do a lot of voices, but his main reading voice gives the story a sort of gravitas that makes these always in audio.

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I really liked the first dulogy of the commonwealth. There were som
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the very beginning and the very end, this had the feel of a steampunk novel. Nigel, inventor of the teleportation device from the Void trilogy, travels into the Void to rescue humans trapped in its pocket universe. He lands in a world very similar to Quarencia of the previous series, with the very same physical properties, where most advanced high tech won't function, with some exceptions subject to the author's poetic license. Nigel embarks on a long-term plan to develop or recover s ...more
Back to the Void but to a different planet and to a time before the ending of the Void series. As usual in a Hamilton space opera there are different story lines that at some future point are pulled together and the same time period is often relived in the various story lines. The first story line - of the ships that find themselves in the Void - ends with an event that hangs without mention again until at least halfway through the 25 hour audio!

I did not like this first book of the 2-book seri
Brianne Reeves
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I should preface this by saying that The Abyss Beyond Dreams is the first Peter F. Hamilton book I've read. So, I can't really speak to the extent to which it incorporates the rest of his world.

Hamilton's novel features The Void, a black hole in space that seems to be exerting a conscious will. When a Commonweath fleet is absorbed into the Void, Nigel determines that he must go in after it and rescue the Void's captives. He arrives to find a fully established planet, Bienvenidos, with a governm
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