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Salvation Lost

(Salvation Sequence #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  594 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever. Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as thei ...more
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Published October 31st 2019 by Macmillan (first published October 29th 2019)
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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 h
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-ipad
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 who add an amplified dystopia an#2.
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,
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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 rat
Gyorgy Boda
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...because I stay/>It/>It
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 Ear
Richard Pearson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 hav
Ralph Blackburn
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 gene ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
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 o ...more
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
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. Like most of Hamilton's first novel's in a trilogy, they can be pretty daunting as he sets up the new story and characters. So it was good to relax into this second novel and enjoy the plot unfolding.
Paul Sparks
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to Salvation on Audible and apart from finding the narration challenging at times I thought the so called twist at the end was actually telegraphed half way through the book so I was left a tad disappointed, the sequel follows straight on from the first but this book in my opinion is much better, more cohesive, more engaging and generally more fun, I won’t be getting the audible again as the narrator is still challenging but as a read it’s well worth getting
Mark Easter
The Olyix are back -- with a vengeance. And, if you think you can just hide in your cocoon waiting for the war to pass, you had best think again. Yes, there is plenty of unnecessary foul language and immature sexual content, but there is an engaging story line if you can overlook it and keep your annoyance in check. The old crew is back with a few new and interesting characters not least of which are Callum, Yirella, and, of course, Ainsley Zangari who, as always, is way out there outside the bo ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it's not obvious, you should read the previous book in the series first... This is quite good, and maybe better than it's predecessor. Great tech, interesting characters and situations, and fun action. Recommended.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
Clare Rhoden
I can't wait for the next one. Space Opera at its best.
Adam Whitehead
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A salvage operation to a remote world has revealed a devastating secret: the alien Olyix, the supposed friends and allies of humanity, are an existential threat to the human race. Humanity is forewarned, but the Olyix are also aware that their deception has been exposed and unleash their forces. As all-out interstellar war begins, it will take every resource on Earth and its colonies to stave off the attack. Meanwhile, millennia in the distant future, humanity's descendants prepare to mount a la ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
So I've read several of Peter Hamilton's series (Night's Dawn, Dreaming Void, Great North Road) and he definitely has a format and style. Although this is a very well crafted series, it feels like the author is rehashing ideas from previous series. Spoilers ahead for most of his series:

1) The large scale exodus of humankind in response to an invasion comes directly from the Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained books. He's using the same story with the same concepts and problems.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 t ...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 w
Andy Lewis
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few people can do epic space opera like Peter Hamilton, and he's in his element here.

I won't bother describing the plot - if you've read Salvation, you know everything you need to, and if you haven't read Salvation, go and read that first.

Salvation Lost kicks off immediately after the final events and revelations of Salvation, and slowly escalates the events of the first book, ending on ... if not quite the nail-biting cliffhanger of the first book, some great twists and turns setti
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat, in this extraordinary sequel to Peter F. Hamilton’s Salvation.

There was definitely something more urgent woven throughout this second installment of Hamilton’s Salvation Sequence trilogy.

As humanity enjoys their hard-earned utopia, an alien race threatens to shatter everything that has been worked for. To ensure that the audience understands the magnitude of this threat, Hamilton writes from multiple perspectives to create a
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Salvation Lost is the second book in the Salvation Sequence by Peter Hamilton. The seemingly benevolent Olyix are actually building to invade us, to cocoon humans to bring back and present to their God.

It's told from three main storylines, two in the 23rd century and one 10,000 years in the future. As is usually the case, the world-building is detailed and persuasive, and there's plenty of future tech with body modifications, terraforming, 3D printing etc.

The big negative
Durval Menezes
- very worthy continuation of the first book (suggestion: read the first book again right before getting into this one).
- fast-paced page-turner; no boring parts at all.
- lots of plot twists -- contrary to the first book, none were obvious to me, so they all added to the excitement.
- new characters and subplots, linking in unexpected ways with the previous ones.

Negatives: none at all.

Rating: a solid 5.0/5 -- no "rounding up to 5" here. Su
Thad Ligon
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This picks up right where Salvation leaves off, with the first chapter introducing a new species. Hamilton's writing is superb and stylishly clever. Shit really hits the fan in this story. For a moment towards the end of the book, I felt like the story was coming to an exciting conclusion to the struggle.. Fortunately, there will be a third book that wraps everything up. Cannot wait! This story was just as well written, fun, gripping, foreboding, and intense as Salvation, and I have no doubts th ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God! Hamilton has an amazing ability to pack an entire series worth of details and drama in a single novel. Just when you think you know where it's going, something that was in plain sight, blindsides you. He seems to enjoy mortally wounding his own story arcs, and then resurrecting them while playing a temporal game of hide and seek. No character is too limited to dictate the narrative, no event is too small to be dismissed and there are many of both.
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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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