The Rise of Endymion - Hyperion, Bk 4 Author:Dan Simmons The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-t... more »ime shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples. But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.« less
David S. reviewed The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion, Bk 4) on
This is the fourth in the "Hyperion" series, and a good finale. Dan Simmons ties up all of the loose ends left dangling in the three previous books (Hyperion, the Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion). The tale carried through the series is often tragic, but at the same time uplifting. Humanity can be stupid, narrow-minded, and petty, but at the same time can be beautiful, loving, and caring. Dan uses these traits and many more to build a tale that is very well-written. The amount of cultural background used in this last book alone is daunting, but at the same time may spark an interest to "learn more about that".
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the series. My only advice: read the series in the proper order.