Book cover - Pandora's Star - Author Peter F. Hamilton

Pandora's Star

Author Peter F. Hamilton

  • Release Date: 2004-03-02
  • Genre: Adventure
Our score: 4.5
From 240 Ratings

Pandora's Star Summary

Pandora's Star - “An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”—SFRevu

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars, contains more than six hundred worlds interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, the Second Chance, a faster-than-light starship commanded by Wilson Kime, a five-times-rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, led by Bradley Johansson. Shortly after the journey begins, Kime wonders if the crew of the Second Chance has been infiltrated. But soon enough he will have other worries. Halfway across the galaxy, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR

“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”—Library Journal

Pandora's Star Review

  • Magnificent

    By Am book reader
    World building, multiple plots and intriguing characters propel this sci-fi work to “Classic “ status.
  • Great Sci Fi

    By Fourthmonth
    What a great book. Massive scale that includes the whole galaxy combined with dozens of fascinating characters, a future full of technology that is both off the charts and a logical outgrowth of where we are now. And psychologically realistic effects of that technology on humans. Sci fi at its best. A real classic. L
  • Masterful builder of worlds

    By Onescififan
    I don't think I have been drawn into a space opera as deep and intricate and imaginative as the worlds created in Pandora's Star since I was first introduced to Frank Herbert and the original Dune series.
  • Pandora's Star

    By Bmfrd
    Well written. Excellent read. Worth the time. Looking forward to the sequel
  • Great

    By Jaydubb77
    Very good.
  • 8 year love affair!

    By SHOrdr
    AAA+ glad I found this author. I've read all 5 commonwealth books and I hope the story continues. Very well done Mr. Hamilton!
  • Half of decent space opera

    By LongEars
    A sprawling 1500 page saga of which only half is in this volume. It ends abruply, requiring the sequel. Certainly a complex and richly imagined future but very long with many marginal digressions.
  • Pandora's Star

    By William C McDonald III
    Fantastic, great read. Just bought all of Peter's other books. I am a new fan. Wmcdonaldiii
  • Pandora's Star

    By Wake511
    Another good book from Peter F Hamilton