Pandora's Star

Pandora's Star

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"An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert's Dune or Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy."-- SFRevu

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars, contains more than six hundred worlds interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, the Second Chance, a faster-than-light starship commanded by Wilson Kime, a five-times-rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, led by Bradley Johansson. Shortly after the journey begins, Kime wonders if the crew of the Second Chance has been infiltrated. But soon enough he will have other worries. Halfway across the galaxy, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

"Should be high on everyone's reading list . . . You won't be able to put it down."--Nancy Pearl, NPR

"Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga."-- Library Journal
ISBN: 9780345479211
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mvkramer Nov 30, 2014

This book is a complex, long, space epic that takes a while to get started -- but once it does, boy does it move! Peter Hamilton does a great job with worldbuilding: a multi-planet human commonwealth bound together by wormholes, "rejuvenation" technology that lets people live for centuries, mysterious aliens that have built mystical "paths" between worlds, entire star systems contained in enigmatic force fields. Some plotlines are a bit slow and bloated, but the real science fiction elements - exploring mysterious star systems and dealing with potentially hostile aliens - are very interesting.

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dr4x0n
Jun 18, 2012

This is a massively long epic of a tale that goes into great detail about an alien species that we want to find out about, but they have other plans for us. Peter F Hamilton has done some serious research into writing this great book.

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zenonbudzey
Feb 08, 2011

Great story-telling, what more can I say? I wasn't really into sci-fi but this book gave me a mind-orgasm. The plot can be slow at times due to tons of description, but it's not so much about what happens as the Journey - letting all the description take you into Peter Hamilton's futuristic universe...

If you like it there's a sequel called "Judas Unchained," and after that you can read Peter Hamilton's 'Void' trilogy for hours upon hours of quality fantasy escapism.

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