The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.
After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book 😛
I was curious of course to know what happened next to the pilgrims we’ve come to know and sympathise with in the first book, but I knew immediately at the end of Hyperion that it would just be difficult to follow that act up with a sequel. Hyperion was just such an amazing and complex book and with all of the players involved outside of the pilgrims and their personal plights, it’s just sprawling. It’s just hard to conceptualise how everything will turn out, it could very well be a case of war without end, especially with the Time Tombs playing such a role here in wrecking havoc and in the larger chess board of all of these intergalactic political organisations in play. Unlike the previous book, this time around it does require a bit more focus in terms of reading as well as lesser breaks in between just to keep track of what is going on.
The strength of the book still lies on its humanity highlighted by the pilgrims stuck trying to reach the Time Tombs: of a parent’s love, of betrayal, of romantic love, of the future. Sadly, because of the number of characters involved–both characters we know from the first book as well as new characters introduced in this book, some characters fall by the wayside, like Hoyt and a few others whom I shall not mention because spoilers 😛
Overall, I enjoyed The Fall of Hyperion and discovering what happened next in the story. I felt like not very many answers were supplied here; if anything, it felt like the story became ten times more complex here, not to mention open ends at the end of the volume. But I went in to reading this book with those expectations anyway and I relished in the complexity and the ideas and the twists and turns that the story took me through. Definitely curious to pick up the next two volumes of the Cantos at some point to see where the story goes.