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A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth: 2 Mass Market Paperback – 1 August 2017
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"An action-packed page-turner . . . It's a joy to witness such a master of science fiction at work."--SFFWorld
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- Publisher : Del Rey Books; Reissue edition (1 August 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345547241
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345547248
- Dimensions : 10.67 x 3.05 x 17.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 441,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book two is quite different to book one in a number of way I felt. The pace and story are much more rapid throughout here.
As usual with Hamilton there are some excellent characters and interweaving story arcs that come together really well.
There is also a lot more elements of classic sci-fi in this second part. More space, more technology, more aliens, more mysteries and more action. It really is a brilliant read.
Despite it being a sequel, there are surprisingly a large cast of new characters. Very well thought out. And builds upon the initial premise with mind bending new direction and purpose. If you read the first book and found it hard going, then I think you will love book two. It has everything book one may have lacked for some readers! I must have gone though it in less than a week or thereabouts. For a book this size it is not something I do often in such a short space of time. Really good page turner.
Some great characters throughout, Chaing, Ry, Florian, Roxwolf, Matthieu, Stonal, to name a few. And many more.
I think I might read these books again. There was so much here, and they're so good, that they deserve a second reading. The mystery of the fallers, and the wonderful time-bending effects of the trees in orbit are explained perfectly, and the mystery around what the heck has been going on is tied up nicely in this book. The way it leaves off, there's a whole lot of unanswered questions, so I'm hoping there are more books set in the Void, either prequels, coincident stories, or (hopefully) with Sheldon exploring other voids in other galaxies! I need more! :)
I have been a fan of this type of story for a long time; Hamilton's Commonwealth Universe space operas have provided many rewarding hours of both reading and listening. His world-building, characterisations & attention to detail are, as always, involving and intriguing.
This novel revives characters and aliens from earlier in the series; you need to be familiar with at least some of these. If you're not, then Pandora's Star is the place to start; certainly not here.
Many loose ends are tied up; I don't think much scope for further expansion of the scenario has been left. I won't give any detailed spoilers.
There is one small editing fault with this audiobook edition; a failure in quality control. The first part of 'Book 3' has been added to the end of the 'Book 2' file. When you subsequently hear the start of 'Book 3' again, it's slightly disconcerting until you realise what's happened.
The 5 stars is for the story.
Sorry had to edit this because I forgot to ask the question that I'm sure other readers want to know as well - and it'll be interesting to see if the author reads his reviews - what the hell is PREDUI?????????
Hamilton can sometimes seem a bit wordy with unnecessary details, but stick with it. Its well worth it and soon enough the pages are turning almost by themselves....