September 29th, 2012


Book Review: The Rise of Endymion, by Dan Simmons

The Hyperion Cantos ends with yet another Christ-figure and some time travel cleverness.

The Rise of Endymion

Spectra, 1997, 709 pages

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.

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Verdict: The Hyperion Cantos is a good science fiction epic, and The Rise of Endymion brings it to a conclusion on an appropriately vast scale. You will either prefer the first two books or the second two books, as they are two different stories that are part of a whole. As with the first duology, I thought the second book was better than the first.

Also by Dan Simmons: My reviews of Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion.

My complete list of book reviews.