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Review: The Fall of Hyperion

Book 2 in the series


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.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall this was a really excellent book and a satisfying conclusion to the Hyperion story. Simmons does a fantastic job of continuing and completing the stories started in the first book while at the same time adding in interesting new story-lines and characters. He also managed to have just as many unique, intelligent twists and turns as he had in the first book.

However, Simmons does what he always does at the end of his stories: spends an absurd amount of time hammering home any “tiny” detail you might have missed. For example, here he is afraid his readers may not be aware of a book called The Bible. Are you terrified of missing any bit of symbolism in a book? Fear not! Dan won’t stop until you know everything three times over.

Jokes aside, this book is truly excellent until just the final forty pages. And while those are a bit annoying, they are definitely outweighed by Simmons’s incredible storytelling, distinct characters, and fine world building. I never hesitate to recommend this top tier SF duology.