On the world called Hyperion waits the creature called the Shrike — this time-travelling, insanely powerful being has a key role in the future of the universe. Eight pilgrims visit the Shrike as intergalactic war threatens the universe.
What I like
✅ delicious, delicious prose with amazing, vivid descriptions
✅ a sci-fi book which actually has good science in it
✅ varied, interesting characters with varied motivations and backgrounds
✅ thought-provoking, addressing complex themes such as religion, life, death, humanity, the soul, good and evil
✅ complex ideas presented in digestible, understandable portions; complex writing expertly weaving backstories, themes and ideas together
✅ worldbuilding is expertly interwoven into the story
What I didn't like
✖ lacks a satisfactory ending; slightly anti-climactic
✖ you won't walk away from the book feeling good about yourself or happy with life and humanity
Things to consider
➖ some people may not like how the book is formatted into essentially seven characters recounting their backstories to each other while they travel to visit the Shrike
Genre: sci-fi space opera
Verdict: RECOMMENDED ✅
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