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A-The Evolutionary VoidThe Evolutionary Void is the 13th novel by Peter F. Hamilton and the conclusion to the Void Trilogy.

The Story: A singularity at the center of the galaxy threatens to destroy it. That sounds like bad news, but for members of the Living Dream cult, the Void represents a kind of salvation. For within the Void exists a second, virtual universe that offers humankind a chance at an entirely new level of perfection and happiness. But the very act of so many people entering the Void is what will cause it to expand and end the rest of the world. The Evolutionary Void concludes where the last novel in the series left off, as the messianic and peace-loving Edeard has come to truly understand the power of the Void.
Del Rey. 704 pages. $28. ISBN: 9780345496577

SFX.co.uk 4.5 of 5 Stars
"If his early books--even the much-feted Night's Dawn Trilogy--sometimes had uneven moments when the plotting seemed forced, the fiftysomething Hamilton is in the midst of his imperial phase, when he's simply the best at doing what he does. ... It's a magnificent achievement." Jonathan Wright

Guardian (UK) 4 of 5 Stars
"Hamilton handles massive ideas with enviable ease, manipulates plots and characters to spring constant surprises, and brings the trilogy to a climax with a cannonade of fire-cracker finales." Eric Brown

thewertzone.blogspot.com 4 of 5 Stars
"It is a generally satisfying finale that answers all the major questions remaining from the previous four books in both series whilst delivering Hamilton's trademark, widescreen space opera spectacle married to some solid, hard science and some interesting themes on growth, evolution (biological and sociological) and change, and the risk of ennui." Adam Whitehead

Walkerofworlds.com 4 of 5 Stars
"The Evolutionary Void picks up immediately where The Temporal Void left off with no break in pacing, continuing the story in an effective, confident fashion. The many plot threads that have been built up over the first two novels are now dealt with convincingly, some with immediate effect while others come to the fore in preparation for the grand finale."

Critical Summary

Reviewers of The Evolutionary Void cited the factors that usually make Hamilton's fiction great: his ability to juggle several different compelling characters, his speculations about future human development, and his ability to balance hard science and riveting space opera. But they were mainly satisfied to read the conclusion of not just the plot arcs of Hamilton's last two books but also a few he initiated in earlier novels set in the same universe. Of particular note is a clever, impressive finale. "Hamilton creates truly epic science fiction that nods both to classic space opera and contemporary SF," wrote SFX. Suffice it to say that critics loved The Evolutionary Void, but it probably won't make much sense unless you've read the earlier books.

First in the Series

The Dreaming Void (2008): Hamilton fans know that this book starts about 1,200 years after Judas Unchained (2006), but new readers should feel free to start here. In the 34th century, humans have conquered mortality, but are still searching for fulfillment--which some believe lies in the microuniverse that supposedly exists in the Void at the center of the universe.