Review: Judas Unchained

Today has started from the wrong side of bed. I’ve been forgetting things, I ran out of coffee for my coffee machine and my ass is a jandal.

But enough about me. What about Judas?

Judas Unchained – Peter F. Hamilton

Judas Unchained is the sequel to Pandora’s star, which is in turn based off of the same universe as Mispent Youth (thanks Bob). I’ve enjoyed most of Peter F. Hamilton’s books to various degrees, but they’ve always been rather light scifi entertainment – very much space operatic. Pandora’s star is basically about humanity inadvertantly releasing a single minded alien race that is bent on being the only lifeform in the universe. Judas Unchained tells of how humanity fights back, and it wouldn’t be too much of a spoiler to say that we “win” in a way, because otherwise everyone would be pissed off with the ending (I use the speech marks so that if you haven’t read it there will still be an air of mystery… ooooOoOOo).

Like the Night’s Dawn Trilogy there are lots of mini story arcs progressing through the books, and it took me a while to remember what had happened in the first book. If you have the time (which I suspect none of us do) I recommend rereading Pandora’s star, especially if you have difficulty recalling what the Lost23 were, where the hell Ozzie was, and what the deal is with Far Away. The arcs all merge reasonably well towards the end, and I was satisfied with the conclusion, although I know other people who thought it was a bit of a let down.

You can expect lots of ridiculously destructive weapons, a pornstar and gratuitous sex, large interdynasty politics (although this is mainly done through the sex), and superman. This may make it sound bad, it isn’t my intention: the sex isn’t always gratuitous, and superman is actually super augmented human that has only a very brief moment of showing his power.

Rated 7 out of 10 exploding stars


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