In the year 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation—including starships—virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. All seems wonderful—until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world eighty-nine light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat, a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem. . . .
Peter Hamilton just keeps getting better and better with each book, more assured and more craftsmanly adroit, and more inventive ... It’s a bravura performance from start to finish ... a virtuoso treat.
Mr. Hamilton paints with a very broad brush, skipping from planet to planet and plotline to plotline, but each strand is at the same time finely detailed...The Old Masters of sci-fi would admire the scope and sweep of “Salvation,” but marvel even more at the amount of thought that now has to go into making futures plausible.
A great novel, but reads much like a set up for the rest of the trilogy...despite the heavy focus on back-story rather than plot progression, I was thoroughly entertained throughout, and relished getting to know this new setting and all its inhabitants...without a doubt, the type of novel you would expect from Peter F Hamilton.