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(Salvation Sequence #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,810 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
Humanity's complex relationship with technology spirals out of control in this first book of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett).

In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. A new technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transporation--including starships--virtu
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Dan Smith No, this is "a trilogy set in a completely new universe".

That quote's from the interview at
Matt Smyth Published 6th September 2018. I had an advanced copy from my son who is a manager at Waterstones. I’m really quite lucky as I get advanced copies and…morePublished 6th September 2018. I had an advanced copy from my son who is a manager at Waterstones. I’m really quite lucky as I get advanced copies and proofs of some great books.

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Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Under normal circumstances, I would normally rate a book like this lower because the setup leaves us hanging, but this is PETER F HAMILTON we're talking about. That means, if you're picking up the first book in one of his trilogies, no matter how long each individual book might be, you're invested for the long haul. You might be slightly miffed you need to wait that much longer before SOMETHING major gets resolved, but that's the nature of this beast.

That being said, Salvation has a ton of great
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This is my most anticipated release of 2018, and I was extremely fortunate to get an early advance copy. I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but Salvation was very good – typical Hamilton. It has a similar feel to Pandora’s Star or Fallen Dragon, if anything, but it’s also a very different story. It’s also clearly the first part of a trilogy, which is good, but with the first book issues that come with the territory. Great world building, great characters, intriguing plot – Salvation ticks almos ...more
Manuel Antão
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Space Opera Buffa: "Salvation" by Peter F. Hamilton

"Book One in the Salvation Sequence, a dazzling space opera trilogy from master of the genre, Peter F. Hamilton

Know your enemy - or be defeated.

AD 2204
An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship's sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foresh
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would say PFH is boring. But exactly that’s what I said up around 20%. Given the fact that I eagerly awaited this one to appear, I couldn’t believe I would not like one of his works. Luckily, the story picks up from there and delivers. What a relief!

There are three narrative threads on three timelines:

- one set in present, year 2204, in which a team is assembled to check up the remains of an alien starship stranded on Nkya, an exoplanet in Beta Eridani system. On the way there,
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Salvation is the first book of a trilogy. For a first book, I had a hard time while reading it. It reminded me too much of another book as far as the way it was written and some of the concepts in the book. Once I got that other book in my head it was hard to not make comparisons. Most of the book revolved around five people that were chosen to investigate an alien ship that had been discovered. During the transport to the alien ship, each person tells a story from their past. The stories each t ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5-Stars! Completely, utterly brilliant!

Wow! So nice to be immersed again in Peter's wonderful, flowing prose and extraordinary narrative precision. No one considers and plans every aspect of their books like Hamilton, and it shows.

This first book is an introduction to the characters and situations of the series, presented along two timelines with the first (The Assessment Team) about 150-200 years in the future, around the time of the alien Olyix ship arrival in 2144, and another (Juloss) about
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence Book 1 (audio version) by Peter F. Hamilton is what I won from LibraryThing! I have read several of Hamilton 's books and I always feel I have given my brain a good workout, really stretched out those neurons! the books are smart, exciting, well thought out, great characters, and unexpected plots.
This is an eye opener of a future where space ships are not necessarily needed for transportation anymore from planet to planet due to special jump hates that are
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
(just in case, apologies for my English)

Devoured! I am a fan (or a fanboy) of Peter F. Hamilton. However I "only" give Salvation three and half stars, considering that it is the first of a trilogy, and I prefer to read the rest of the novels, as soon as they are published (sigh here).

From a more critical point of view, I must clarify that if you have read some of his previous books, the author can not surprise us as much as in, for example, "The Commonwealth Saga", but in my opinion he has the
Quite possibly my most anticipated novel of 2018 and it did not disappoint. Superb storytelling, just as we'd expect from this extraordinary writer, matched by the novel's vision and ambition. And, blimey, where it takes us! This is going to be a wonderful trilogy. Its beginning couldn't be any better in my eyes. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.
I loved the book which will be a top 10 of the year for me and I am really eager for the sequel. For more detail I highly recommend Mark's Goodreads review (link below) as it is spot-on:

A few shoutouts I would mention that add to the fun - the Morgan, Asher and McAuley starships, the painting by Jim Burns present in the embassy etc
Cathy (cathepsut)
Putting this one on hold after listening to roughly 5 hours of the audiobook, which is about 140 pages.

I like Callum and Savi, but generally I do not care about the story. Not sure if my lack of interest is the book‘s fault or due to my usual atumnal reading slump. Last year was the same—the later in the year, the fewer pages I read. So, might be me! Or not, based on the comments of my reading buddies.... long, slow, plodding plot, not covering any new ground, etc.

The narrator in this
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A complicated prologue to the rest of the series framed as a gradually unfolding mystery.

The central framing narrative is that of the Assessment Team, a hand-picked group of experts investigating a crashed spaceship which they discover carries human bodies in suspended animation, apparently abductees. As they explore we get each of the Assessment Team's stories and how they build towards their individual presences aboard the ship and the central mystery of what's going on on-board as well as wit
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this took me a really long time to read!

It starts out with a very interesting story about a crashed alien spaceship. Unfortunately, this story barely gets any page time until right at the end because most of the book is bogged down in not very interesting background stories for all of the characters. It introduces us to a cast of potentially interesting people but then doesn't give enough time to get to know them to care really what their past stories are.

The back stories were very bog st
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first Hamilton novel, which is kind of weird. I've heard amazing things about his other stuff but it felt like a lot to dig into so seeing this new world I thought I'd give it a go. We have two separate story lines. One in the present and the other in the future. However we get alot of past montage stories which provides the characterisation as well as plot.

This novel had that old school space opera feel to it, although alot of the chapters read like action books (Cussler, Rollins) wi
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Callum Hepburn has just married Savi Chaudhri after a whirlwind relationship. They both work for Connexion, he as a team leader for the emergency detoxification squad and she is in the security division. After their all too brief honeymoon they both head back to work, Callum, to dig a government from the mire with an urgent material extraction and Savi heads back undercover. A week later and he hasn't heard a thing from her, so pings her and does not get a response. Worrying about her he heads o ...more
Karen’s Library
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: aliens, netgalley, sci-fi
This was the first time I've read anything by Peter Hamilton. I found the sci-fi future tech fascinating and enjoyed the future he created.

Salvation's storyline is told using the past, present, and future. 5 people are investigating a crashed alien ship and on their way, each tells a story that gives their backstory. Interspersed are chapters of humans in the future being trained to fight the aliens who are trying to wipe out the human species.

To be honest, I had a hard time staying with this o
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a definite space opera and PFH fan, I was bound to sink my teeth into this one and most likely enjoy it. But, there's no undue bias here when I say that this book is simply superb. There's no other way to describe it and this new standalone series from PFH certainly looks like it's going to be another epic. The style in which it's written is very good, and typically PFH, and he didn't seem to get as bogged down in minutiae this time [as I feel much of his earlier work is affected]. All of the ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, british, scifi
It's definitely a Peter Hamilton book, corporations run by humans with extended lives, decent white male characters, some kick ass women, creepy aliens and lashings of descriptions. Every meal, house or outfit is seemingly described to within an inch of its life.

The plot is a combination of a Hyperion style narrative, only instead of pilgrims we have the mission specialists telling stories, interspersed with a group of teenagers being prepped to fight humanity's enemies in the even further futur
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars? You'll definitely get the dense future world building Hamilton is known for, and some philosophical talks and intense action sequences. He doesn't shy away from the sex either. This is book one of three, so you won't get too far into the alien ship plot. But the ending is definitely a highlight. It's structured like Hyperion or Canterbury Tales, where each traveller goes into a personal story on the way somewhere. The chapters takes place in different times, so pay attention to that. ...more
Plamen Nenchev
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ever since Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton seems to be forever stuck in an ever-repetitive story about wormhole-based human expansion across the stars. Whether he names his built-in digital assistant ‘e-butler’, ‘secondary thought routines’ or ‘mInet’, every novel of his since 2004, whether set in the Commonwealth Universe or not, depicts wormhole travel, digitalisation of everyday life, human longevity and successful space colonisation and terraforming. To kick off the plot, every time a lurk ...more
Noura Noman
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fans of hard science fiction will love this book. Great world building. Intriguing plot. The sub plots proved to be more than they appeared.
Nadja Miller
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advanced copy for an honest review. I enjoy Peter Hamilton's books but this one took me a long time to get through. It almost feels like short stories. There is a main story of youths preparing for war against a big evil. We get to know them and how they progress on their training and the challenges they encounter. The other story is a group of business/ security and government personnel ( which we will know later in the book how they relate to the first group) going out to see wha ...more
Judy Lesley
I wanted to read this book because I have been so impressed with other books written by Peter Hamilton. I am so glad I didn't have much of any idea what the story would be about so I could discover everything for myself. I think the book blurb gives away too much of the story the author is trying to tell and leaves the reader with fewer surprises.

Salvation is told from a past, present and future perspective. The backstory segments are quite long, novella length long, and under other circumstance
Adam Whitehead
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
AD 2204. A derelict alien spacecraft has been found on a remote planet. A group of explorers are gathered together to investigate the wreck and the strange secrets it contains. For each of them, it has been a strange and stressful road that has led to this time and place. And, centuries in the future, they are revered as the “Five Saints” for the actions they are about to take…

Salvation is the first novel in both a new series and a new universe for Britain’s most successful living SF author, Pet
Patrick St-Denis
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
As you know, although I own every single title Peter F. Hamilton has released over the years, other than the stand-alone novels I'm really far behind when it comes to his series. I've finally begun the Night's Dawn trilogy earlier this year and was planning on reading The Neutronium Alchemist when Salvation unexpectedly showed up in my mailbox. I was glad, for now I'd be able to read and review installments of a new Hamilton sequence as they are published.

Having only read The Reality Dysfunction
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salvation by Peter F Hamilton Review

Salvation kicks off with aliens clearly infiltrating human society and then from the Hamilton takes the storyline into a future society where Earth has been contacted by another alien race known as the Olyix! :D Earth is ruled by political and corporations as humanity expands out into the universe! :D The books takes pleasure in changing your viewpoints on a page by page basis and this all works brilliantly to keep you guessing at every turn! :D

It is is in thi
Michel Meijer
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Hamiltonian novel. Having read all his sci-fi work multiple times, Salvation contained a pool of recognition. We got the aliens, the portals, the supersmart detectives and ditto criminals, the rich and powerful old boys and the planetary imperium, all described in Hamiltons great worldbuilding style.

Hamilton put more times in the novel. While the Void-trilogy had it (Void stories in the past, Universe stories in the present), Hamilton played with it in this book at three levels: The story o
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hamilton starts a new series by interweaving several stories. First we have a mysterious landing of aliens infiltrating our world that form the prologue and obviously are very significant. But the story moves elsewhere making us wonder how this short act will play out. Then we have the investigation of another alien craft and the team assigned to do so. Most of the tale isn't about the investigation however, but learning who this team is as they introduce themselves and we learn their individual ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, 3-5
Most of the book is the backstories of the main characters investigating the alien ship (I was surprised how much of it was backstory), with occasional returns to the current setting.

I found some sections a bit slow (eg the flagball game section near the start), but many parts engrossing, as we slowly fit things together piece by piece. There's a lot going on, with a whole range of characters (and aliens), but Hamilton expertly weaves their stories together, leading up to an explosive climax tha
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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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