Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton

In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781447281368

Pages: 480
Publication Date: 29th October 2019
RRP: $32.99 AUD

Personal Rating:

Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as their agents conclude schemes down on earth, vast warships converge above to gather this cargo.

Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars – although only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means preparing for a future this generation will never see.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a finished copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Salvation Lost begins immediately where Salvation left off. We start with a Neána falling for a trap set by the humans of Julos meant for the Olyix, and learning how humanity has been trying to combat the Olyix race throughout 10,000 years.

Much like the previous novel, the story is told from the past and the future. The past is during the time the Olyix began invading Earth and the future being the meta-humans waiting to raid and attack an enemy Olyix ship. Many of the familiar faces from book one reappeared in book two, along with a few new players. At first, the new faces which included Ollie and his crew the Legion felt a bit off to half in the narrative early in the novel. Still, once the Olyix began their invasion of Earth, the Legion gang provided an insightful look at the chaos having among the “normal” folks during the time of the Olyix invasion and cocooning.

While it was a fun read overall, the story suffered from second book syndrome, meaning that the pacing, dialogue and overall story was slow. Even with the snail-paced plot, the characters keep you invested enough to keep going. Especially the crew on the Morgan which are in the future-thread timeline of the novel. The character growth of Dellian and Yirella, in particular, kept wanting to keep reading during the slow bits of the novel.

The ending was brilliant, leaving you to desperately want the third and final book The Saints of Salvation in your hands. The last 60 or so pages of the novel have set the scene for the impending battle in character arcs and the war against the Olyix. I don’t want to spoil too much but I was not expecting the ship to be who it was. When it was revealed who the sentient ship was I was blown away (I love me some sentient ships)

This is was fun novel and I look forward to the final book! Unless Dellian is hurt, if something happens to him I will be devastated.


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