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The rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

The rise of Endymion (original 1998; edition 1997)

by Dan Simmons

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Title:The rise of Endymion
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:New York : Bantam Books, 1997.
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The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons (1998)


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The Rise of Endymion is the final book in the four-part Hyperion series. The first half of the book features Raul traveling from world to world much like in the previous book, except this time without Aenea. In this way, the reader learns more about how people view the Messiah-like Aenea, as well as a little bit about the role she's supposed to play. The second half features Raul's reunion with Aenea, who's no longer a child due to some tricks with time dilation. We learn about Aenea's "disease" which free the populace from cruciform parasite (which we've learned is controlled by the TechnoCore), and watch as Raul and Aenea become lovers (which the author has been hinting at since the characters were introduced). Along with this we watch Raul's jealousy over a mystery lover that Aenea had while Raul was away--this struck me as particularly irrational and perhaps a little out of character, but Raul continues to dwell upon it for the entire book to the point of becoming an obsession. As any good Messiah stories go, this one ends with a martyrdom, though with a final twist that wasn't really that hard to predict. I thought this made a good ending to the epic, and the book certainly kept my interest all the way through, but the whole bit about Raul's jealousy left me a little bit baffled. ( )
  Phrim | Jun 23, 2017 |
At the end of Endymion Raul Endymion had saved Aenea from the Shrike (among other robot/monsters). As the potential New Messiah she definitely needed saving. All of humanity is depending on her to grow up. Now, in The Rise of Endymion, Aenea has undergone a training with a Cybrid personality reconstructed from a Pre-Hegira human architect; none other than Frank Lloyd Wright. She and Raul live with him and his strange group called "The Others" in a commune. As Aenea's knowledge and powers grow, so does her legion of followers. One of the coolest of Aenea's powers is the ability to "remember" the future. Sometimes only fragments of memory come into focus; details are missing and conclusions are incomplete but what she does remember helps Endymion navigate through trial and tribulations to keep her safe.
Meanwhile, in Father de Soya's world, the Pope has died (again) and it's time to pick a new one. The monster woman called Nemes now has a family of scariness to support her quest to find and destroy Aenea...and then there's the Shrike. It's still lurking around as well.
One of the best techniques of sci-fi suspense is the age-old good guy as the underdog. (think Star Wars). Rise of Endymion does not disappoint. Of course the good guy's grungy-grimy starship is out of date while the enemy's is gleaming high tech. Of course it is. They have all the best stuff. The good guys are a bumbling, easily injured human and an amputee android while the enemy can die a thousand times over and still have superpower skills to hunt and destroy. Classic. Another sci-fi trick is time travel. This plays a huge role in the final twist of Rise of Endymion. I won't give it away except to say Raul's time debt conveniently allows Aenea to turn 21 while he's away... ( )
  SeriousGrace | Apr 6, 2017 |
blasphemy. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Where's a good editor when you need one? This novel had plenty of good writing and then some god awful really, really bad writing. There were also some beautiful descriptions of the ouster star tree and planets. I felt the connections between the main characters was lacking in believability and dimension. The use of "my friend" and "my beloved" often in the same sentence (and throughout the novel) was irritating.
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  Cal_Clapp | Sep 5, 2016 |
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
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This book is for Jack Vance, our finest creator of worlds. It is also dedicated to the memory of Dr. Carl Sagan, scientist, author, and teacher, who articulated the noblest dreams of humankind.
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"The Pope is dead! Long live the Pope!"
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This conclusion of the Hyperion saga (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion) finds Raul Endymion, Aenea, and M. Bettik still on the run from agents of both the Pax and the TechnoCore. But Aenea is reaching maturity, clearly growing into the messiah who will one day bring down the church and stop "the resurrection." One answer lies in Aenea's blood, which she shares with her followers through a ritual of communion; the blood allows anyone to travel through the Void Which Binds, but it cannot coexist with the cruciform that brings immortality. And although Aenea's gift makes her both a power and a danger, she is also a young woman, vulnerable to the forces allied against her.

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The "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" named this novel a "Best Bet of '97", and hailed it as "a rousing, affecting conclusion, revealing the fates of Aenea, the teenage messiah; her lover, Raul Endymion; and their fearsome protector, the Shrike". A glorious finale to the "Hyperion" series, this bestseller will thrill Simmons' loyal readers, and capture scores of new fans drawn by the rave reviews for this book.… (more)

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