On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
I struggled to get through this book. I was told that the first book (this one) in the series was more to introduce you to the characters and the world and that they next book is when things start to pick up. So I will have to at least read the second book in the series, than I will have to give a final verdict.
The world was pretty intense. There is just so much information you got to have to know what is going on, and I just had a hard time following. But I think that is more my fault. I don’t read a lot of science fiction and I feel like I would have had an easier time with some past experience.
The characters were well written and so unique in their own ways. I couldn’t say that any of the charters were flat or boring.
I am going to read the next book and see if I like this series any better.