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Salvation Lost

(Salvation Sequence #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  5,906 ratings  ·  382 reviews
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 humanity has ever faced. Driven by an intense religious extremism, the Olyix are determined to bring everyone to their version of god as they see it. But they may have met their match in humanity, who are ...more
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 w
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 wh
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 hate m
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,
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, sf-fantasy
“The galaxy is a tough place, Yirella. Tougher than we ever knew. Think of it as Darwin going turbo.”

Middle volumes are always tricky, as they invariably do not have a beginning, let alone a satisfying resolution. A second instalment can be seen as a bridge between the first and third books, propping up the entire thing. But beware if your bridge is not strong enough for the job and it begins to sag … as the whole structure can crash as a result.

It is not a spoiler to reveal that Salvation Lost
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 i ...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 ro
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!

I have to tell you the Mr. Hamilton badly hurts my reading hobby, because I care a lot less about other writer's books. Sure, I read an Alaistar Reynolds here or a Neil Asher book there, but I am just treading water until waiting for the good stuff. Don't come to me with the Three-Body Problem fellas, that is a massive disappointment and can't comprehend how that actually go
Space opera at its finest. The kind that comes in a trilogy of doorstoppers, and you don’t care because you don’t want it to end. At this time, a couple of hundred years in the future, humanity strives toward utopia with its solutions for cheap energy, ubiquitous teleportation, and the harnessing of wormholes to reach and terraform nearby planets. As we learned in volume one, an alien race, the Olyix, approaches Earth in a large ship with messages about peace and wonderful technology to share. H ...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.
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 Wo ...more
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 th
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 woul ...more
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'Salvation Lost' is book two in author Peter Hamilton's complex and startling space opera called The Salvation Sequence. The hard science-fiction story of an alien invasion of Earth which began in book one, 'Salvation', is continued in 'Salvation Lost'.

Do not read beyond this point, gentle reader, without having read 'Salvation' first. By necessity, my review contains significant spoilers of the first book in the series.

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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
Alex Lockwood
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yeah, just got very immature. Rushed out, quite a few spelling errors in book is always a sign. The plot itself and the technical stuff is good but the relationships are so bloody immature and 2-dimensional and I know the author thinks he’s woke using a range of non-cis gendered pronouns but the writing remains incredibly chauvinistic and fulfilling all those fantasies of the young male the book is intended for, i guess. It just lost a lot of credibility in my eyes as decent sci Fi.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Surprisingly Disappointing

It was all I could do to make myself finish this one. I doubt I’ll get the next one either. It felt like an action movie directed by a teenager, with very little substance. I remember enjoying his previous books quite a bit too so this came as a shock.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
“Salvation Lost” is the second book in the Salvation Sequence by Peter F. Hamilton. Hamilton is one of the most prominent and skilled purveyors of advanced-technology, military space opera science fiction. This new work is another example of this and includes variations on his oft-repeated themes: human contact with alien civilizations, stealth undercover agents and super-wealthy scions of family dynasties.

The plot is split in two different stories that are set at least ten thousand years apart.
(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.
Brian Boyle
Just got more and more frustrated with this book as I read it. Most of the ideas are rehashed from previous PFH books; human exodus from earth in face of all powerful threat (Judas Unchained), religious nut jobs promising salvation (Dreaming Void) a few uber-rich folks running the show and solving all the problems (Commonwealth series), instantaneous travel between worlds punctuated by epic firefights in space (pretty much every PFH book). Sigh.

With the Canterbury tales approach to the first in
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 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. ...more
Luke Burrage
I love me some good portal warfare.

A clear middle novel in a trilogy, which means it's hard to reach full marks. But riding the coattails of the previous book, it comes close!

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #427:
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid 4.5 stars.
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 tha
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 s
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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally enjoy PFH books and have read most of them. But I am not liking the back and forward timeline in the first two books, which I have found to leave me feeling a bit disjointed.

The alien menace Olyix was/is not developed well. I'd like to better understand how they developed as a race, how they came to their mission, what they think is going to happen when they get to the end of the mission. None of that is clear to me.

Similarly, we know little about the "good" aliens (Neanna).

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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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