Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In AD the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starship In AD the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential.
Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears.
An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published March by Pan Books first published January 26th Night's Dawn 1 , Confederation Universe. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Reality Dysfunction , please sign up. Lauren Nikolai For Reality Dysfunction? The other books are on rapid fire after that. And don't take William's advice, a lot of the little details …more For Reality Dysfunction? What age is this okay for? Mark Yes, I'd say 18 as well. As Adam mentioned the scientific terminology and statistical information is quite challenging. Beyond that there are themes …more Yes, I'd say 18 as well. Beyond that there are themes of rape, torture, satanic rituals and such, so I would not recommend it for younger readers.
See all 7 questions about The Reality Dysfunction…. Lists with This Book. Jun 24, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: Mix space battles, zombies, interplanetary smugglers, space pirates, living spaceships, mysterious highly advanced alien race vanished without a trace for no apparent reason, a very lucky guy with a dream, struggling colonists on a newly discovered planet, devil worshiper cults, sentient planets, mercenaries with some serious high-tech body modifications that would make any cyborg in science fiction die of envy, and a lost doomsday device.
Basically anything you can think of probably with except Mix space battles, zombies, interplanetary smugglers, space pirates, living spaceships, mysterious highly advanced alien race vanished without a trace for no apparent reason, a very lucky guy with a dream, struggling colonists on a newly discovered planet, devil worshiper cults, sentient planets, mercenaries with some serious high-tech body modifications that would make any cyborg in science fiction die of envy, and a lost doomsday device.
Basically anything you can think of probably with exception of My Little Pony. What do you get? Everything seemed to be going fine for humans and two discovered alien races until suddenly a very unexpected and serious threat came into existence literally catching everybody with the pants down. Not to give a spoiler, but this time the dark force was not ultra-developed ancient aliens decided to wipe out everybody just out of the sheer boredom. After reading the previous book by Peter F. Hamilton I proclaimed him the greatest British space opera writer.
After reading this one I upgrade him to the greatest living space opera writer, period. If anybody is better than this guy I have not heard about such person. Having said this I need to note that this book will test your patience to the limit. If you suspect you lack it do not even think about reading the book. Sufficient to say the first really exciting scene occurred after first pages; it was mostly world building before. It was a world building on a grand galactic scale with detailed description of inhabited planets, its population, cities, etc.
One has to admit Peter F. Hamilton has some seriously powerful imagination. After that exciting scene the plot would switch between great action which kept me on the edge of a seat and yet another slow but oh so imaginative world-building piece. Only the last part of the book finally entered into that craved by all readers impossible-to-put down aka who-needs-sleep territory.
The reward for all the slow parts? Please reread the first paragraph of this review. I also need to mention characters - some of them were great. Of a special note is Joshua Calvert: His luck makes him a science fiction version of Mat from The Wheel of Time. Like in Mat's case practically none of the scenes he is in are boring. As you can see I rated the book with 4 stars. Please keep in mind what I said and subtract two! I really hope the next two books will stay at least on this level.
I just re-read my review and it made me sad. Such a grand and big book deserves a much longer one. Looks like I failed. View all 8 comments. Sep 09, Susanne rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm on page and I don't know if I can finish this one.
So far we've had: Because I can't wait for my own neural link into the internets. The protagonist is a tremendous Gary Stu: In a roguish way! And as soon as he smiles at any female in th I'm on page and I don't know if I can finish this one. And as soon as he smiles at any female in the vicinity, sexy times are guaranteed! We've already had rape, torture, general exploitation, and mysogyny.
And I'm not even half-way through. Ridiculous The plots so far: Joshua has found an artifact that may hold the key to the self-destruction of an entire alien civilisation! What might it be? The most wanted man in the universe and a bunch of satanists are possessed by strange energy things from the dungeon another dimension! What might they be? Dr Mzu is trying to get away from Tranquility, probably to go looking for the Alchemist!
Where might it be? Currently, Styrinx is somewhere buying seafood. Joshua is on Lalonde buying wood! No sexy times yet but it can only be a matter of time! Abandon suspension of disbelief: I really want to find out how it all comes together in the end. But so far I'm not invested in any of the characters and I can never read more than a couple of chapters before the book flies.
Think I'll give this a miss. View all 41 comments. Sep 18, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it Shelves: A bit of investment required to finish this. The Reality Dysfunction is a monster of a book, boasting more than pages. It is also a somewhat distressing read. By the time the book hits one third there has been a multitude of uneasy things for the reader to digest. Rape; exploitation; satanic rituals; torture; murder and mutilation where, in some cases, the victims are children ; genocide; injuries inflicted to protagonists that will make the squeamish light-headed; demonic possession… to n A bit of investment required to finish this.
Rape; exploitation; satanic rituals; torture; murder and mutilation where, in some cases, the victims are children ; genocide; injuries inflicted to protagonists that will make the squeamish light-headed; demonic possession… to name but a few. Hamilton spins a very good yarn and he seems to be one of the few authors who can actually write a story of this magnitude. Looking for a sense-of-wonder fix?
This is one big story, with a staggering plethora of characters and events surrounding the bigger picture. Yet, it really works. Pity it takes some effort to identify them through all the mayhem. Now, on to the similarly massive sequel The Neutronium Alchemist or at least, once I gather my wits again. View all 17 comments. Feb 19, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. And I liked parts of it a lot, many of the ideas were fascinating, several of the characters I really dug. But there were other issues that hampered my overall enjoyment, and they can't be ignored. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.
You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook. View all 11 comments. Dec 28, Jonathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: When I went through law school and then bar school I was forced to eject many vital tidbits of information that were taking up valuable space in my brain: I have no idea how Peter F. Hamilton holds all of this massive universe, its technology and characters in one noggin.
He clearly does not remember his wife's birthday or his underwear size. We all have to make sacrifices. The Reality Dysfunction is fun. I flew through this book and forgav Awesome. I flew through this book and forgave its flaws there are some useless digressions but heck, I even enjoyed those. The action is incredible, the ideas are grand and the universe is relatively plausible. Hamilton's prose is not necessarily eloquent and sharp, but it is good. The story just powers through that. I'll address most people's two biggest critiques of Reality Dysfunction.
First, yes it's long. The edition sold in Canada is over pages. Second, some people are disappointed with what the spooky threat ends up being hereinafter: With respect to the length, I'm no editor, but I'm sure this could have been clipped a bit with only a positive result. However, a good story is a good story. With respect to the Spoiler Bit, it's a matter of personal choice. I know those two comments are not entirely helpful, but my point is that they should not detract from what is a kickass book.
In a nutshell, this is the first book in a huge space opera trilogy. It qualifies as "New Space Opera" with all the verisimilitude in the science that goes along with that relatively new term. The novel is set in the 26th and 27th centuries with much of the story happening in and within a group named the Confederation. A handy timeline at the start of the book is not only useful to following during your reading but gives you some background when you start. Humans have split into two groups: Edenists embrace the introduction of biotechnology into the human genome and all the wacky consequences and Adamists stick to mechanical and cybernetic technology.
Adamists are less well off to Edenists, a group with is comparable to Iain M. Banks' Culture on some levels. There is a whole chunk of religious, political and technological interest in the book, but the real story comes in the form of an unknown invader that is threatening first a planet in the Confederation and then perhaps even beyond. I'm very excited to continue onto the next volume, The Neutronium Alchemist. View all 4 comments. Oct 04, Felicia rated it really liked it Shelves: Wow, what to say about this book.
I felt my interest waning sometimes because it is SO DENSE, but then, rather than stopping, I'd skim a bit forward over all the meticulous details of the worlds etc and get back on track with some of the characters. This book requires stamina but if you're into sci-fi is worth the effort.
All the thought and imaginati Wow, what to say about this book. All the thought and imagination that went into this universe is breathtaking, truly beyond anything I could invent. The book definitely gets going at a certain point because you latch onto characters that are fascinating, and once the mystery behind the "invaders" becomes more evident you really can't wait to see what happens, or at least I couldn't.
Anyway, for hard Sci-Fi people this is a great recc. Off to book 2! View all 5 comments. Jul 30, Apatt rated it really liked it. There are very few SF stories that justify more than , words. Unfortunately for her The Reality Dysfunction is the exception that proves the rule, this is one of the "very few SF stories" that she is talking about.
Certainly a book this magnitude, clocking on at over 1, pages, is dissuasive for many people. If you are interested in reading this "TL,DR. If you are interested in reading this book but feel intimidated by the high page count I suggest you treat this one volume book as you would an entire trilogy. Read one third, go read another book, come back read the second third, go read yet another book etc. Don't worry that there are two more gargantuan volumes in the Night Dawn Trilogy , you may not even want to read them! Sandwiching shorter books between long ones work wonders for me.
Of course nowadays long novels are in vogue, especially for fantasy novels, clearly books this size is exactly what a lot of readers want. The Reality Dysfunction is Peter F. Hamilton's breakout book, it established him as the leading exponent of huge sprawling epic space operas. Still, I have to admire the author's gumption in writing a novel of such an uncompromising length, which is certainly not the norm for science fiction.
He clearly did not do it for the money, he could have written shorter faster paced books and they probably wold have been easier to get published. He has this huge story to tell and he wants to tell and he will tell it in as many pages as necessary. The success of this book and the series as a whole totally vindicated him. His shorter books are far less popular than his whale size space operas. The Night Dawn Trilogy is essentially about humanity's fight for survival against invaders from another dimension. The twist is that the invaders are not aliens. To say any more would be venturing into spoiler territory, though if you have read other reviews you probably know what I'm being coy about already.
Actually before I read this book somebody told me it is about space zombies, I thought may be it would be something like Dawn of The Dead in space which sounded like a hoot to me though I was surprised such a story could span three elephantine books. Any way, it is not about zombies, there are no zombies in The Reality Dysfunction I can't speak for subsequent volumes at this point but I doubt the zoms will show up , but I now understand the oversimplification.
As he is working on such a huge canvas Hamilton takes time to setup his pieces, worldbuilding, characters developing so damn many of them , and meticulous plotting. For the first or so pages I had no idea where the story is going, or who the main protagonists or antagonists are. The book is not hard to follow though, Hamilton has a clear clean prose style, not much in the way of lyricism but the more prosaic style is more practical for this kind of epic space opera I think.
There are already so many worlds, species, people and cultures to introduce without further befuddling the readers with a poetic narrative. The author saves his inventiveness for his creations, living organic spaceships, cities, houses, all kinds of weird gadgets, and more alien and strange creatures than you can shake a stick at.
A lesser author would probably make the whole thing ridiculous but Hamilton is no ordinary author and he made it work. As mentioned earlier there is a huge cast of characters and sometime it is hard to remember who is who, but he does return to a few main characters more than others. Many of the characters tend to be archetypes, the evil charismatic genius sociopath, the rebellious teenager straight off a daytime soap who gets more than she bargained for, the bad boy turned good etc.
Characterization is not one of the strengths of this book, though the characters are not so flat as to leave you with no one to root for or want dead. There are also a lot of sex scenes in this book which I don't find particularly sexy or relevant to the story, certainly this is not a book to read to your children. The book is longer than it needs to be, but not by too much; cutting down on the unnecessary sex scenes would probably shear off a centimetre or so from the book's thickness.
But Hamilton makes it all worthwhile by the explosive end of this first volume where a small group of characters win a minor victory for humanity. The war itself has just begun of course. If you have never read Peter F. Hamilton before I would recommend reading Pandora's Star first.
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This is the start of an entirely different series which he wrote some years later than this book, it is better written, more refined, and the characters are better developed. Still, if you insist on The Reality Dysfunction as your first Hamilton I doubt you will regret the decision. I am certainly going to read the next obese volume The Neutronium Alchemist.
Hamilton, you are practically monopolizing my reading time! View all 9 comments. Oct 21, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: I like trash and Hamilton writes the best trash. I love world-building when the world being built gets destroyed. Hamilton sure likes his sex scenes. I guess we have that in common. Iar ceea ce a urmat Jun 26, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: I really wanted to like this novel a lot.
I wanted to get invested from the sheer length of the novel and come out the other side, saying, "Wow, that was fantastic. A novel that is almost pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn't really serve the final solid ta I really wanted to like this novel a lot.
A novel that is almost pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn't really serve the final solid tale. I can sort of see why the planet got so much face time before the crap hit the palm. I can also see why the branches of humanity needed to get so much time as well.
What I can't understand is why so much time was devoted to each. I swear, this would have been a fantastic novel with some serious cutting. The action scenes were good. The young captain was thoroughly enjoyable. I didn't even mind the turn of the sci-fi into practical fantasy. I would have thought it was more interesting at half the total size, too. Maybe I'm just overcritical and grouchy, but I really got tired of reading this novel in sections and just prayed for my favourite characters to come back.
I saw a lot of good similarities, but I'd always choose Leviathan over this.
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Perhaps one day I'll pick up the sequels to this one and pray it gets more fit, but I won't be doing it now. Oct 30, korty rated it it was amazing. In the UK it is 3 massive books, while here in the US they nickel-and-dimed us by splitting them up into 6. One book ends at whatever chapter, and the following book simply begins at the next.
Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world building and action. In this series, he skillfully synthesizes the best aspects of cyberpunk, space opera and even horror, and creates tons of different planets, each one vivid and unique. After creating this very high-tech universe, a supernatural element is introduced to the story I highly recommend that anyone interested in this series avoid reading any plot synopses on the books.
While I am generally extremely averse to anything resembling magic in my SF, Hamilton pulls it off. The magical element is described in a very scientific manner, making it more palatable, and the SF elements are enough to send me into multiple geekgasms.
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I should mention that the first 60 pages or so are a tad difficult to get into, but after that it just begins to flow. Additionally, I must admit that the sex sometimes comes off as a tad juvenile. And finally, I hate to say it, but the ending is kind of anticlimactic. However, the ride is so amazing that any of these downsides are far overshadowed. While this is not primarily an action story, when it does first hit at around or so pages in, it is some of the most enthralling I have read. Only Neal Asher has come close to matching Hamilton in conveying the kind of kinetic, over-the-top action contained in this story.
May 03, Twerking To Beethoven rated it it was amazing Shelves: Re-read because I own the two following installments in the series, but couldn't remember much about "The Reality Dysfunction" apart from the fact that I enjoyed it heaps as I read it back in What we've got here is super-advanced technology featuring sentient starships able to give birth to other starships. Art by Nicolas Bouvier The book features satanists as well aye, you got that right, satanists! And a very ancient invisible energy being everybody is oblivious of, which, at some point, starts to literally fuck everything up in Lalonde.
In the worst possible way. And that's about it, otherwise I'll end up spoiling the whole thing bigtime. Oh, there's plenty of SEX as well. I like dirty stuff myself. Nov 08, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: It took a hell of a long time, but I've made it through The Reality Dysfunction, the first volume in a trilogy recommended to me by Ennis. It's a "space opera" about a futuristic society plagued by an evil force that "sequestrates," or maybe just possesses, people. The story takes place in the Confederation in the s. The set-up is quite detailed and interesting.
One group, the Adamists, lives on a failing planet Earth and various other planets. The Adamists are mostly like the people of today It took a hell of a long time, but I've made it through The Reality Dysfunction, the first volume in a trilogy recommended to me by Ennis. The Adamists are mostly like the people of today, but with neural implants that allow them to "datavise" or communicate directly with computers. They have starships and nuclear weapons and whatnot. Another group, the Edenists, has a different kind of technology that is organic.
Edenists have genetic changes that allow them to have an affinity bond with each other and with their habitats, which are miniplanets made entirely of organic matter. This bond allows them to share thoughts and feelings inside their own heads, without speaking, and to see through other people's eyes. They also have spaceships that are organic and have personalities and memories. When Edenists die, the intangible part of them is absorbed into the habitat.
The distinction between the two groups is essentially religious; they trade and coexist more or less peacefully. The plot of the book revolves around a new planet, Lalonde, which is being settled under a Dutch East India Company-esque scheme. The Doctor, Ace and Sally must each face the fallout of the loss of their friend — to commemorate him, remember him, and finally to move on.
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