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(Salvation Sequence #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  8,860 ratings  ·  809 reviews
Book One in the Salvation Sequence, a dazzling space opera trilogy from master of the genre, Peter F. Hamilton

In the year 2204, an abandoned alien spaceship is discovered 90 light years from Earth, in an uninhabited star system. The ship is found to be carrying humans held in suspension - yet humans have never ventured this far out into space before. Faster-than-light trav
Paperback, 532 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Macmillan (first published September 4th 2018)
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Scarred Grey He refines "his" tropes but goes in different direction based on the changes. Kind of like he takes all the things people like about his books, throws…moreHe refines "his" tropes but goes in different direction based on the changes. Kind of like he takes all the things people like about his books, throws them into a hat and pulles out random ideas then lets the outline lead the way.

Don't knock it, as he is firing on all cylinders. A fool will try to be good at many skills or many types of telling a story but the man that hones one set of skills is to be feared or envied.(less)
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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
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 fu
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 almos ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
I am a bit conflicted on this review. It was interesting, even compelling sci-fi, but somewhat predictable and its originality is somewhat deceptive as many of the concepts and even the storytelling was directly inspired by Dan Simmons’ extraordinary Hyperion. As far as I have read, the portals idea (particularly with fluid flowing through them) leveraging quantum entanglement to travel enormous distances was one of the cooler ideas in Hyperion. And the multiple stories that each of the protagon ...more
Plamen Nenchev
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 lurk ...more
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,
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 introduc
Chris Berko
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 t ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
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
Bentley ★
Jun 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I made it 117 pages in and I'm sorry, but I've got to tap out. 100 pages is more than enough time for a novel to engage the reader and pull you in with at least the hook for the story. Things are definitely happening in the story, but nothing really plot related yet. It's been 100 pages of backstory for the characters, a futuristic sports game (like Quidditch) and some special ops tasks introducing aspects of the world, but nothing really compelling enough to grab my interest.

Not to mention tha
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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. ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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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 st
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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 g
Scott Richmond
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. :/
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:

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
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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,
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 wit
Oleksandr Zholud
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 Dysfunction|1237484]
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
kartik narayanan
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is bad. DNF.

I went into it with high expectations because, you know, its Peter F Hamilton. But, this book fails to meet even the basic standards of story writing.

The premise is interesting as is the prologue. But then the suckage starts. There is a long chapter on some random individuals (whom I am sure will be part of the story later on), but this killed the pacing. It was boring and full of cliches. And then at the end of the interminable chapter, I found out that the prior chapter
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, sf-fantasy
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Salvation' by Peter Hamilton is book one in a trilogy called the Salvation Sequence. It is a world-building introduction to an extremely high-tech Earth of the future. It synthesizes some major plot ideas from Ender's Game and Hyperion, but I thought the novel very inventive and interesting, and exciting!, on its own merits nonetheless.

There are two (and a flashback third) timelines, with flashbacks. There are five main characters in one timeline which centers around the planet Earth or off-Ea
Luke Burrage
A book written just for Luke? I think so!

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #425.

Luke shares his enthusiasm for Salvation by Peter F Hamilton with Juliane, who has only just read the first few chapters.
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 o ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) wi
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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. ...more

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