Night's Dawn

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“Night’s Dawn” is a Science Fiction trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Some day more than 2 years ago, it was offered in an ereader newsletter for a special price. The plot sounded interesting and so I bought it. At the beginning of this year, I finally began reading the first book.

Now that I finally finished reading the whole trilogy, I can only say that this trilogy was quite fascinating. It contains a bunch of very nicely worked out ideas. There are souls that return to possess the bodies of living people. Even Al Capone returns and takes control over a whole star system. There are aliens - nice ones and not so nice ones. And besides adventures and some romantic moments there’s also a place for philosophical discourse.

Some people complain that there are too many characters in this trilogy. There are indeed quite a few, but it’s a space opera. There’s no way to play a space opera with only 3 protagonists, is there? Sometimes there’s a situation or person in the books, that at first seem to be totally unconnected, but in the end there’s always a connection to the main action. It may take a 1000 pages for it to get visible, but it’s there.

“Night’s Dawn” is a huuuge story, but well conceived and never boring.