book review

Salvation | Peter F. Hamilton




Know your enemy – or be defeated

AD 2204
An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything.

Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy – and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

Many lightyears from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically-engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out – and we’re running out of time.



When I started Salvation, I figured there was either something wrong with me or the book itself. It took me a while to get into a groove with reading it, it may have been that I was in a slump, or the fact that I am someone who doesn’t usually read a whole lot of sci-fi, and has only just started to dabble in the genre, Salvation started a little slow for me.

However with that being said, the more I read, the more I can see why Peter F. Hamilton has “Britain’s number one science fiction writer” on the top of his book.

Let me say, there is a lot going on in this book. By a lot I mean the book is quite lengthy, which I’m not mad about, there were some chapters in there that were quite long, but I can see that Hamilton has a way with words and likes to build his stories with a lot of information, descriptions and action.

Salvation follows two storylines, one in the “present” which in itself is set in our future (e.g. 2204) and the past. The present storyline allows us to see the way the past story line makes for the current day, the reason why they are still there and how all of the characters are important through out the story, especially in the present.

The multitude of characters left me a little confused in the beginning, there is a fair few, but the longer I read on the more it made sense and how they all integrate together somehow.

After a slow start, Salvation is full of twists, mysteries and the out of this world unknown, and the ending leaves you wanting the “what next”, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in this series Salvation: Lost.


A huge thank you as always to the wonderful team at Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of Salvation, along with Salvation: Lost, the next book in this series which I will be reviewing soon!


Until next time, happy reading!


Lizz xx

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