The year is 3126 on the world of Hyperion, and Paul Endymion has been chosen to undertake a world-changing quest to make history.
This series has something for everyone: Simmons's prose is imaginative and stylistically varied; point-of-view and time-scale are handled with finesse; the action is always gripping; the device of Old Earth allows Simmons to work in entertaining references to present-day culture; and the technology raises bizarre questions of ethics and morality in its use of repeated death and resurrection. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
However, Simmons' writing still retains its fluidity and rich style. The characters are still well-crafted and engaging, the plot remains just as intriguing, and Simmons again shows his remarkable knack for creating rich and believable worlds.
Like the first two novels in the series, "Endymion" and its sequel "Rise of Endymion," are really almost two halves of a single book. While "Endymion" does not have the abruptly unsatisfying end of "Hyperion," its story is certainly incomplete. The real value of this novel is that it lays the groundwork for its sequel, the capstone of the four-book series, and the true jewel that makes the Hyperion saga stand out as one of the greatest science fiction works written.
Simmons give a new turn of the screw to his story: the new main character is an anti-hero. He is not very brave or smart; he is loyal and devoted to Aenea. Usually M. Endymion just goes ahead pressed by the events that pop up and strives to stay alive and protect Aenea. He is just an ordinary man subjected to extraordinary events. The Pax forces leaded by Father Captain de Soya launch an all-out persecution thru the universe and this is its chronicle.
Simmons uses a subtle humor and winks the reader to enter the game. At the same time, in another level of the story, more complex issues are touched as predestination versus free will; religion and faith; ethical and unethical choices.
Before reading this book is advisable to read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion", to fully understand what's going on. But you will not regret doing so, you'll get in touch with one of the best sci-fi sagas written in the '90s.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.