Endymion

Endymion

eBook - 1996
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An adventure story set in a universe ruled by a church which rewards obedience from its citizenry by dispensing resurrection. The story centers on Raul Endymion, a woodsman from the planet Hyperion, given the task of finding the planet Earth which mysteriously disappeared.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780307781918
0307781917
Characteristics: 1 online resource (468 pages)

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susan_findlay
May 01, 2017

As the narrator warns you in the first chapter, this book doesn't pick up where Fall of Hyperion left off. There has been a gap of several hundred years, and you'll be meeting a completely new set of characters (for the most part). The universe is the same, but different. The changes that have occurred are plausible and consistent with the first two books, but I suspect that a person could read Endymion without having read either Hyperion book and still enjoy it very much.

What hasn't changed is that Simmons tells a great story. He weaves together different narratives as the characters travel to different worlds. He does jump back and forth between two narrative perspectives, switching perspective almost every chapter. This is a writing style that usually drives me batty, but he does it consistently enough that I did manage to get used to it.

I very much enjoyed this book. I find the universe fascinating, and I really enjoy the writing style. The cruciforms are back; I don't know why they intrigue me so, but they do.

I look forward to reading Return to Endymion.

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