everyone on this page that has read hyperion will be buying this book regardless after the 100 foot high cliffhanger from the first novel along with all the loose threads so i dont need to convince anyone to purchase it.....that being said, fall of hyperion is an excellent follow up that ties in nicely in answering most of the questions raised in the hyperion. key word: MOST of the questions. far too much is left unexplained or maybe i was just too stupid to pick it up. overall, both books together create the greatest duology in sci-fi i've ever read. now its off to endymion and the rise of endymion.