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Salvation

(Salvation Sequence #1)

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Humanity's complex relationship with technology spirals out of control in this first book of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett).

In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. A new technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transporation--including
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Bradley
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Under normal circumstances, I would normally rate a book like this lower because the setup leaves us hanging, but this is PETER F HAMILTON we're talking about. That means, if you're picking up the first book in one of his trilogies, no matter how long each individual book might be, you're invested for the long haul. You might be slightly miffed you need to wait that much longer before SOMETHING major gets resolved, but that's the nature of this beast.

That being said, Salvation has a ton of great
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Mark
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This is my most anticipated release of 2018, and I was extremely fortunate to get an early advance copy. I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but Salvation was very good – typical Hamilton. It has a similar feel to Pandora’s Star or Fallen Dragon, if anything, but it’s also a very different story. It’s also clearly the first part of a trilogy, which is good, but with the first book issues that come with the territory. Great world building, great characters, intriguing plot – Salvation ticks ...more
William
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5-Stars! Completely, utterly brilliant!

Wow! So nice to be immersed again in Peter's wonderful, flowing prose and extraordinary narrative precision. No one considers and plans every aspect of their books like Hamilton, and it shows.

Update: The second read of this book was even better than the first. Highly recommended.

This first book is an introduction to the characters and situations of the series, presented along two timelines with the first (The Assessment Team) about 150-200 years in the
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Claudia
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would say PFH is boring. But exactly that’s what I said up around 20%. Given the fact that I eagerly awaited this one to appear, I couldn’t believe I would not like one of his works. Luckily, the story picks up from there and delivers. What a relief!

There are three narrative threads on three timelines:

- one set in present, year 2204, in which a team is assembled to check up the remains of an alien starship stranded on Nkya, an exoplanet in Beta Eridani system. On the way there,
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Krystal
This was actually so much fun!

I don't read a lot of sci-fi (my brain can't handle the science) but I was kinda keen for some alien mischief so this one found its way into my hands. WELL.

What I expected:
-Motley crew vaguely described and big enough to allow for characters to get eaten/shredded/sucked into space etc.
-Spaceships and malfunctioning space equipment
-Hostile aliens
-Strange planets
-General carnage and mayhem involving aliens picking off humans one by one

What I got:
-Motley crew
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Chris Berko
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a ride. I had as much fun reading this as I had with my two favorite books by Hamilton: Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Gone are the fantasy elements from The Void trilogy and the Chronicles of the Fallen duology, this is Hamilton back firmly in straight up science fiction. I love the expansive way he writes, too. He does not just tell you that a character and his crew are tight, he gives you a sixty page story about them performing a extremely dangerous, no-room-for-error job, and ...more
Plamen Nenchev
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ever since Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton seems to be forever stuck in an ever-repetitive story about wormhole-based human expansion across the stars. Whether he names his built-in digital assistant ‘e-butler’, ‘secondary thought routines’ or ‘mInet’, every novel of his since 2004, whether set in the Commonwealth Universe or not, depicts wormhole travel, digitalisation of everyday life, human longevity and successful space colonisation and terraforming. To kick off the plot, every time a ...more
Nancy
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Salvation is the first book of a trilogy. For a first book, I had a hard time while reading it. It reminded me too much of another book as far as the way it was written and some of the concepts in the book. Once I got that other book in my head it was hard to not make comparisons. Most of the book revolved around five people that were chosen to investigate an alien ship that had been discovered. During the transport to the alien ship, each person tells a story from their past. The stories each ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence Book 1 (audio version) by Peter F. Hamilton is what I won from LibraryThing! I have read several of Hamilton 's books and I always feel I have given my brain a good workout, really stretched out those neurons! the books are smart, exciting, well thought out, great characters, and unexpected plots.
This is an eye opener of a future where space ships are not necessarily needed for transportation anymore from planet to planet due to special jump hates that are
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Carlex
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
(just in case, apologies for my English)


Devoured! I am a fan (or a fanboy) of Peter F. Hamilton. However I "only" give Salvation three and half stars, considering that it is the first of a trilogy, and I prefer to read the rest of the novels, as soon as they are published (sigh here).

From a more critical point of view, I must clarify that if you have read some of his previous books, the author can not surprise us as much as in, for example, "The Commonwealth Saga", but in my opinion he has the
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Kate
Quite possibly my most anticipated novel of 2018 and it did not disappoint. Superb storytelling, just as we'd expect from this extraordinary writer, matched by the novel's vision and ambition. And, blimey, where it takes us! This is going to be a wonderful trilogy. Its beginning couldn't be any better in my eyes. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.
Cathy
Update September 2019:
I just almost managed to accidentally delete the review for this DNF. Wow, phew... still here! However, I have absolutely no recollection of listening to this. I have another of his doorstoppers lined up as a buddy read for October. We see how that goes. And if I don‘t hate it, I will definitely have to give Salvation another try.

November 2018:
Putting this one on hold after listening to roughly 5 hours of the audiobook, which is about 140 pages.

I like Callum and Savi, but
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Helen
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this took me a really long time to read!

It starts out with a very interesting story about a crashed alien spaceship. Unfortunately, this story barely gets any page time until right at the end because most of the book is bogged down in not very interesting background stories for all of the characters. It introduces us to a cast of potentially interesting people but then doesn't give enough time to get to know them to care really what their past stories are.

The back stories were very bog
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Liviu
I loved the book which will be a top 10 of the year for me and I am really eager for the sequel. For more detail I highly recommend Mark's Goodreads review (link below) as it is spot-on:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

A few shoutouts I would mention that add to the fun - the Morgan, Asher and McAuley starships, the painting by Jim Burns present in the embassy etc
MadProfessah
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Wow! Peter Hamilton, who should be considered the Master of Technological Space Opera, does it again. The author of multiple acclaimed works of hard military sci-fi (The Night’s Dawn trilogy, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Great North Road and Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained) has returned with a new trilogy that begins with “Salvation.”

All of Hamilton’s signature story elements appear here: futuristic/utopian
society, disruptive technology, culturally opaque aliens, incredibly wealthy/powerful tycoons,
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Jason
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
3.5 Stars

Salvation by Peter Hamilton had so much potential. A new series by a favorite author of mine. A fantastic future setting. Awesome writing and world building. Unfortunately the characters were flat and the pacing was inconsistent while never being fast paced.

This one was just okay. I am sure that I will still go on in the series when the sequel comes out.
Scott Richmond
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm a massive fan of Peter Hamilton, however this book was a pretty poor read. Almost the entire book is a prequel to setup the next in the series and so introduces quite a few characters. The problem is, you just don't care about them! There is very little to like about any of the character's, which makes reading through their backstories a real slog.

I just don't know if I'm willing to pick up the next in the series at this point. :/
Lindsay
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A complicated prologue to the rest of the series framed as a gradually unfolding mystery.

The central framing narrative is that of the Assessment Team, a hand-picked group of experts investigating a crashed spaceship which they discover carries human bodies in suspended animation, apparently abductees. As they explore we get each of the Assessment Team's stories and how they build towards their individual presences aboard the ship and the central mystery of what's going on on-board as well as
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Oleksandr Zholud
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a SF novel, which can loosely be defined as a new space opera. The book was published in 2018, so is eligible for Hugo Award.

This is typical Peter F. Hamilton: there is a way of faster-than-light transportation (quantum entanglement portals), which allowed to colonize worlds, sentient life is rare in our galaxy, but there are aliens hiding between us, bio-tech is a significant alternative to [‘mechanical tech’. This things are habitual to readers of [book:The Reality
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Paul
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2018
Callum Hepburn has just married Savi Chaudhri after a whirlwind relationship. They both work for Connexion, he as a team leader for the emergency detoxification squad and she is in the security division. After their all too brief honeymoon they both head back to work, Callum, to dig a government from the mire with an urgent material extraction and Savi heads back undercover. A week later and he hasn't heard a thing from her, so pings her and does not get a response. Worrying about her he heads ...more
Gerhard
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, sf-f
You know when you start a Peter Hamilton book, it is going to take a large chunk out of your life due to its sheer length and unputdownability. I honestly think there is no one else in the business for composing intricate setpieces that just suck you in. The particular trick with Salvation is one that James Gunn used so effectively in his Transcendental books: A bunch of disparate spacefarers recount their individual stories, which are effectively separate novellas that tie together in the end ...more
Roy
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first Hamilton novel, which is kind of weird. I've heard amazing things about his other stuff but it felt like a lot to dig into so seeing this new world I thought I'd give it a go. We have two separate story lines. One in the present and the other in the future. However we get alot of past montage stories which provides the characterisation as well as plot.

This novel had that old school space opera feel to it, although alot of the chapters read like action books (Cussler, Rollins)
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Jamie
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first Peter Hamilton, and I'm quite impressed. The story is well crafted and expertly paced, and reminds me quite a bit of Alastair Reynolds, though perhaps not quite as dark or with as much of a focus on transhumanism. This first installment in a new trilogy is all wind up, presenting the personal backstories on a cast of characters in two alternating timelines - a 22nd/23rd century near future, the other set in the very far future. Presumably they tie together in future books, but on their ...more
Karen’s Library
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, aliens, sci-fi
This was the first time I've read anything by Peter Hamilton. I found the sci-fi future tech fascinating and enjoyed the future he created.

Salvation's storyline is told using the past, present, and future. 5 people are investigating a crashed alien ship and on their way, each tells a story that gives their backstory. Interspersed are chapters of humans in the future being trained to fight the aliens who are trying to wipe out the human species.

To be honest, I had a hard time staying with this
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Les
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a definite space opera and PFH fan, I was bound to sink my teeth into this one and most likely enjoy it. But, there's no undue bias here when I say that this book is simply superb. There's no other way to describe it and this new standalone series from PFH certainly looks like it's going to be another epic. The style in which it's written is very good, and typically PFH, and he didn't seem to get as bogged down in minutiae this time [as I feel much of his earlier work is affected]. All of the ...more
Claire
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, british, 2018
It's definitely a Peter Hamilton book, corporations run by humans with extended lives, decent white male characters, some kick ass women, creepy aliens and lashings of descriptions. Every meal, house or outfit is seemingly described to within an inch of its life.

The plot is a combination of a Hyperion style narrative, only instead of pilgrims we have the mission specialists telling stories, interspersed with a group of teenagers being prepped to fight humanity's enemies in the even further
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Steve
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
The prologue gives away the secret. Then characters appear fully formed in the first chapter, ready to start looking for the secret. Then begins a series of flashbacks while the characters inch along waiting for the narrative to catch up with them. Sometimes non-sequential storytelling is fun or innovative, but in this case it was just annoying.
G.S. Jennsen
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last 20 pages earned the book a 4th star, and *might* have redeemed it for me. I love PFH's books and writing style, but if I ever write a 552-page prologue like he just did, somebody come to my house and shoot me.
Tamahome
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars? You'll definitely get the dense future world building Hamilton is known for, and some philosophical talks and intense action sequences. He doesn't shy away from the sex either. This is book one of three, so you won't get too far into the alien ship plot. But the ending is definitely a highlight. It's structured like Hyperion or Canterbury Tales, where each traveler goes into a personal story on the way somewhere. The chapters takes place in different times, so pay attention to that. I ...more
Chris Wright
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The novel is a healthy mixture of thriller and space opera that cleverly puts together mankind’s greatest problem-solvers on a mission to investigate a crashed alien spaceship on a distant planet. Aliens and serial killers. A huge twist of politics and conflict. A back-and-forth narrative of a vast number of heroes and heroines, all pawns of a galactic conspiracy of betrayal and backstabbing that puts a lot of detective books to shame. I was delighted by how Hamilton took small independent ...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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