Review | Hyperion | Dan Simmons

Updated: Feb 1, 2019


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


Rating 5/5🌟


Genre: sci-fi space opera


Verdict: RECOMMENDED ✅


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I love everything about books: reading, reviewing, analysing, and writing. I also love adventures.

 

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