Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Pandora's Star

By Peter F. Hamilton

  • Release Date: 2004-11-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 59 Ratings
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The first part of the epic Commonwealth Saga, Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton is a fantastic galaxy-spanning novel from the master of space opera.

"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." Publishers Weekly

Earth AD 2329: Humanity has colonized over four hundred planets, all interlinked by wormholes. For the first time in mankind's history there is peace.

Then a star over a thousand light years away suddenly vanishes, imprisoned inside a force field of immense size.

Only a faster-than-light starship, captained by ex-NASA astronaut Wilson Kime, can reach that distance to investigate.

But there was a good reason for sealing off an entire star system. And getting in may not be as difficult as stopping something from getting out . . .


  • Magnificent

    By CrimsonSeven
    Magnificent! Nobody can built the complex worlds like Peter Hamilton. An extraordinary story crossing many worlds with the most unique adversary I’ve ever read. 5/5 wonderful!
  • Space opera story telling at its best

    By Andrew G123
    They don't get better than this. Intelligent adventure, drama and fun all in one. You'll be challenged to put it down and will cheer for the countless well developed characters. Absolutely worth your time.
  • Overlong long winded

    By ChristopherToon
    Well written and starts of very strong, but like Ozzie and Orion following the Silfen the reader is soon lost mired by too many characters and too many sub stories. Especially when one or two main storyline grabs you and the others, inevitably bore you. The over-arching plot which binds the work together is not evident until more than halfway through the book, by which time you're struggling with dozens more new characters and wondering why some are so fully developed and others are so obviously chapter anchors. At the end I am left with the impression of an author attempting to write an epic, but missing the finer touches of ruthless editing/hacking/pruning. It would've been an amazing piece of work hacked down to about 1/2 size. As it stands, it's frustrating and unsatisfying.