Book Review of “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”

“The Abyss Beyond Dreams” was published in 2014 and was written by Peter F. Hamilton ( Mr. Hamilton has written more than a dozen novels and many short stories. This novel is the first of “The Chronicles of the Fallers” trilogy within his “Commonwealth” universe.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language, Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in a far future, 3326. There are multiple primary characters, almost like a series of tightly connected Short Stories.

Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, makes his way into the Void in an attempt to avert the threat the Void holds over mankind. Nigel finds the descendants of those trapped years earlier by the Void. He finds that within the Void the laws of physics are different and that mental powers akin to magic are common place in the humans residing there. The humans trapped there are constantly under attack by Fallers – an alien species that can mimic humans and are merciless killers.

Nigel is constantly avoiding threats from the humans he has come to save. He seeks to find a way to use the Fallers to free the humans from the Void.

I had not read any of the prior works on the Void, but this one read well on its own. As I mentioned before, this seemed more like tightly connected short stories than an integrated novel. I am still not sure why the first story regarding Laura Brandt was there. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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