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Salvation Lost

(Salvation Sequence #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,382 ratings  ·  168 reviews
All the best in humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat in the sequel to Salvation--part of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett).

The comparative utopia of twenty-third century Earth is about to go dreadfully awry when a seemingly benign alien race is abruptly revealed to be one of the worst threats
Kindle Edition, 494 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Del Rey
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Russ This will be a trilogy. Peter Hamilton reliably completes a book each year, so we should anticipate the final installment of the Salvation sequence to…moreThis will be a trilogy. Peter Hamilton reliably completes a book each year, so we should anticipate the final installment of the Salvation sequence to be released around October 2020.(less)

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Mr. Hamilton does it again. But this time, rather than kicking off an epic war of dead people versus the living in a high-tech far-future space-opera, he twists us around a truly desperate struggle against very powerful aliens coming to "save" us, preserving us and sending us to the end of the universe where we will all share the experience together.

Sound like some religious nutters? They FEEL like religious nutters. And it's awesome. This is the start of the full-on conflict right here. All the
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great second volume! Feels like coming home.

The two storylines are following directly the ones from the previous volume, the present one in 2204 over the course of 10 days and the other set more than 10,000 years in the future. There are a lot of twists and revelations, some of them completely unexpected.

Almost all puzzle pieces are brought together now, having the big picture somewhat completed, but of course, we are still clueless how everything will end. And that’s something we’ll have to
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of Peter's truly extraordinary Salvation (my review). I strongly suggest you re-read it before starting this, book #2.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

The book opens with a clever and engaging chapter, as a Neána insertion ship approaches the planet Vaya, on a mission to warn them of the Olyix. There's quite a wonderful surprise here, truly delicious!

Many of the same players are in this book, with a few new faces
Chris Berko
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My giddy anticipation to read a new Hamilton book > my brain logically telling me to wait for the whole trilogy to be released.

I couldn't wait. After throwing out my personal reading code of not starting trilogies until all are released earlier this year with the first two in Neal Asher's Rise of the Jain series, I decided to punish myself further by reading the first two in Hamilton's Salvation sequence knowing there would be at least a year long wait for the third. And again I love and
Salvation Lost opens as an immediate sequel to Salvation - starting exactly when/where that one ended after a prologue set in the future with the cast from that sequence- and it just rocks; it has mostly the same characters but a few new ones appear too (including some secondary ones from Salvation having a more central role here)

However, the last part of the book twists in quite unexpected ways and a lot of what we think we know is shown to be questionable if not wrong by the end of the novel,
An excellent continuation of a richly woven, sci-fi adventure!

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book of the series, Salvation.

Man, this series really is a lot of fun. I never expected to enjoy sci-fi this much, so I'm really glad I had the opportunity to read it!

Plot: The Invasion is here. Our ragtag band of heroes are trying to figure out how to save the world in the face of a threat that's got some pretty mad technology in their corner. The enemy has been stealthy so far but
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salvation Lost is the second instalment in The Salvation Sequence series and it feels like I've waited an eternity for it to arrive. It is even better than the preceding book but I would advise those wondering whether they can jump into the series here to begin chronologically as it is almost imperative to know and understand the background and scene-setting carried out in Salvation. This is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished and thrilling space operas I have had the pleasure to read and ...more
Judy Lesley
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you worried that Salvation Lost wouldn't be able to stand up to the pure adrenaline rush that was Salvation - first in the trilogy - worry no more my friend. If the first book was an adrenaline rush then this second is simply stacking rush on top of rush and coming out the other side with panting breath and sore fingers from turning pages or, in my case, tap, tapping on my Paperwhite to turn those pages.

I'm beginning to think this Peter F. Hamilton guy can write. Two five star ratings in a
Gyorgy Boda
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pssst...Netflix...shhh...Yepp, you, the streaming mogul...are you listening? Look no further, here is your next big thing!

First, lemme tell you how PFH influences my life...

It hurts my family life...because, when I read his books, I stop properly looking after my family: I get home after work, sit down, tell everyone to leave me alone and go on reading. My wife sometime talks to me, but I perceive only distant noises, something that must not be too important.

It hurts my professional life...
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, wow, the story seriously shifts into gear with this second installment in Peter Hamilton's newest trilogy. This is galaxy-spanning, alien apocalypse mania. Instant galactic travel via quantum spatial entanglement, gender (and age) bending bio-engineering, extreme terraforming, von Neumann style self-replicating tech and more, even some cyberpunk vibes, mix with a thrilling story of humanity's fight for survival against an enemy of implacable, highly advanced alien zealots. Part War of the ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apparently, Peter F. Hamilton is doing it again. All the wonder, all the fascination that shows, for example, the highly recommended The Commonwealth Saga can also be enjoyed here.

Now, to wait (sigh!) for the third and final installment of this saga, to be able to comment on the story as a whole.
Oleksandr Zholud
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hn-2020-longlist
This is the second volume of the trilogy and it is so great that I cannot wait for the third book. Peter F. Hamilton is IMHO an underappreciated SF author, possibly for being on the wrong side of the Pond. His books are often Hugo-worthy but have never made it to the short list of nominees. The review contains spoilers of the first volume, Salvation.

The story continues in both timelines. The plot of alien Olyix is uncovered, which forces their hand into action. This is one of more serious (to
Peter F Hamilton is one of my most favourite authors and so a new novel is such a big event. I loved Salvation, which set up Salvation Lost perfectly. The whole thing is a glorious, vast apocalyptic tale which, like the first novel, is set in the near future (early 23rd century) and a few millennia into the future when humanity is very different and is driven by a singular purpose. It's very exciting and pacey, too, as chapters move between different groups of characters. I do wish that PFH ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
Life in the mid 23rd Century is the closest that humanity has got to a utopia, energy is pretty much free because of the quantum entangled portals and it has enabled mass transportation to almost anywhere. That comfortable life is about to come to an end as a threat of epic proportions has just been discovered. Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered that the supposedly benign Olyix race are heading to Earth.

They plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of
(Full disclosure: I believe the Commonwealth Saga is one of the best sci-fi stories out there. I really like Peter F. Hamilton.) This book is great! I think my favorite part about this new series is the length. These aren’t 900 page bricks. They feel much tighter. The plot is pretty simple. 200 years in the future we meet some aliens. These aliens are both fascinating and terrifying. I can’t recommend this book series enough.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton (Randon House/Del Rey Books; 2019)
Salvation Lost is the second of a planned trilogy from prolific and popular hard sci-fi author Peter F. Hamilton. This series, "The Salvation Sequence," is set in an entirely new world that is similar to his earlier series like "The Night's Dawn Trilogy," and "The Commonwealth Saga," in that Earth plays a role that is more central to this latest series than others --- mostly because the this latest series features an Earth
Richard Pearson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Firstly I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now that’s out of the way I’ll say it again: wow.

When I read Salvation last year it immediately entered my top 10 favourite books. I’ve always been a fan of Hamilton but this particular trilogy has pushed all the buttons for me. Portals? Check. Aliens? Check. Espionage? Check.

Salvation Lost is actually better than Salvation. If I have one criticism is that the book ends; and the
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good. I did finish it after all. I wasn't a big fan of the skater boy plot. I liked the new character at the end. It's nice that he seems to have book 3 all worked out and can hint at it. I wonder how it would read if an American rewrote it with just a little less detail.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Peter F Hamilton writes vast and intricately plotted space operas with a large cast of characters, mostly over many volumes, and while perhaps most known for his Night’s Dawn trilogy, it’s his Commonwealth Universe books that really show the staggering vision he has when telling his stories. The Salvation Sequence continues this trend, the first in the series, Salvation, building up a picture of humanity’s near future in detail, and leading us towards a revelatory conclusion. Salvation Lost is ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Events pick up almost immediately from the point where Salvation left off. The Olyix have been revealed to be not nearly as benign as they first appeared. Their master plan involves the invasion of Earth and every human outpost, followed by the enslavement of every single one of us. Not to worry though, from their perspective it is all for our own good. Unsurprisingly, the various factions that make up our future society are not hugely keen on that idea.

This story has such a vast scope it
This is the second part of a trilogy.
I must admit, that I had forgotten almost everything about the first book and I guess by the time the last book comes out this will have happened to the content of this book as well.
A lot of ideas and action set pieces have appeared in Peter F. Hamilton's earlier books.
It's OK, but not one of his better books.
One day I want to reread the The Commonwealth Saga of which I have such fond memories.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
At the conclusion of this book discovered this is going to be a trilogy. Not thrilled... This should have been a single novel with short stories to provide the history of the saints. The way this volume of the Salvation Sequence ends would have been a good conclusion to the story.

Salvation Lost immediately follows the first installment of the Salvation Sequence, Salvation. The organization and telling of the story is identical to Salvation without the Saints vignettes - thank God! So the story
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the predecessor. It moves pretty quickly, comes in at under 500 pages and moves things forward. The future timeline in particular is much better. No more YA warrior teen drama bullshit.

You can't not compare it to Benford's Galactic Center Saga, and it holds its own. Benford wastes even more time on weird sex stuff, and Hamilton doesn't use a blatant Mary Sue. Benford's far future guerrilla setting is still way, way better though, despite the improvements
Ralph Blackburn
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton- The 2nd book in the Salvation trilogy- This is where the Shit hits the Fan! All the buildup of discovery and intrigue from the first book erupt into a full-on alien invasion, which gets more and more desperate and hopeless with every passing moment. Lots of action, surprise, and shock! The story rotates around from character to character, story-line to story-line, all centering on the overwhelming catastrophe happening to each participant and humanity in ...more
Harrison Schweiloch
Peter F. Hamilton’s latest tome, Salvation Lost, is fantastic and well worth your time.

I have been a fan of Peter F. Hamilton since I first got Fallen Dragon as an SFBC book of the month. I fell in love with his worldbuilding and excellent characters. I plowed through the Nights Dawn series and still remember how I felt when, not realizing it was not a standalone novel, I blitzed through Pandora’s Star when it was first published and howled with dismay as I turned the last page and realized I
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
The first book mainly gave a background of the world and the backstory of each of our main characters, whereas in this book the action really heats up. The novel is told in alternating timelines between the year 2204, and 10,000 years later, which I know sounds bizarre, but Hamilton has made it work so beautifully. These books have been my first foray into the techy sci-fi genre. I’ve read sci-fi before that is dystopian or alternate reality type stuff, but never space travel / futuristic ...more
Oliver Bowdoin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The threat to humanity and the galaxy is finally taken serious by those threatened. I was blown away after just the first few pages. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, or for the author, whom I have the utmost respect of. But you know how some books will leave you on a cliffhanger, a big revelation and then take that story forward at the beginning of the next book? Well, Mr. Hamilton not only drops a bomb at the end of the first book, but sets the setting for an incredible continuation ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
So far my favorite book from PFH. The story is easy to follow and full out unexpected twists while the B storyline that Hamilton really likes to use is minimal. We get a glimpse of a universe that has many species (even though very little details about each). I can't wait for the third book to be released.
Erik Hellman
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good and solid sequel. Typical Peter Hamilton style. Fans will be happy.

I do hope it won't end with the usual "Deus Ex Machina" solution in the final book.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here comes another outstanding, beautiful cover that suits the story behind perfectly. And not just that, it also blends in with the cover of book one in this series.

I have to say, that 'Salvation Lost' is just as addicting as book #1 of the Salvation Sequence. Peter's writing style is extremely detailled and absolutely thrilling. Therefore it is not an easy read. The length of this book might also be an indication for this.

The characters are pretty much the same, though I gotta admit that I'm
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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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  • Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1)
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