The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion)
Hyperion, short for Hyperion Cantos, is a four-part Science Fiction series by Dan Simmons. It is for us the most thorough and intellectual of all the books we at BooksToRead have read in the genre. It is a true masterpiece with many different storylines, an enormous poetic imagination and tension, and sometimes the sweetest emotion. Together with the characters of the book you are going on a real journey through different planets and worlds in a highly original universe. That sense of wonder and exploration you can find in these books,we haven't experienced in any other book that way. Some of the landscapes and images in the book will remain forever in your memory. A fantastic series with a fantastic ending, we are sure we can recommend to almost any reader. In addition to being the best Science Fiction book ever, Hyperion also is literature of a very high level.
And no, you don't have to be a Keats enthusiast or have read The Canterbury Tales to enjoy this series, even if some critics might want to argue that point. For the average reader the numerous literary references might be a possible obstacle, but honestly, you don't have to recognize them all to fully appreciate this series. Other interesting and similar books of Dan Simmons are The Terror and Ilium.
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-time 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.