A bit late on commenting on The Night's Dawn trilogy since I finished it about a year ago (it not more), but I've been away from this forum for a while and after coming back this post reminded me of the series. First things first, I came to this thread looking for something to read, to fill in the ASoIaF withdrawal. I'm a big fan of science fiction so after reading this post I was pretty much sold on this trilogy. I decided to read Fallen Dragon (a stand alone title) by Peter F Hamilton first, before plunging into the massive undertaking that would be the Night's Dawn Trilogy. Fallen Dragon was pretty good. I wasn't a fan of the deux ex machina plot device used at the end, but I still really liked how the story wrapped up so I felt that I could go on to something longer by the author. So I dove right into The Reality Dysfunction, and, for the most part, it was everything I wanted. Amazing universe (probably the best I've experienced), great technological concepts and imaginative universe, and enough mystery to want to keep reading. It took a while to get going, but it's a massive book (and massive series) so I was okay with that. The last quarter of the book was very intense and overall it was a joy to read. The whole idea behind what the "reality dysfunction" is, was amazing and I was really curious to see how the author would develop it, and it was great just to see how humanity in the book would cope with it. Very intriguing and powerful stuff. So I went on to book 2, which was pretty good but largely forgettable in my opinion. Peter F Hamilton's style became very apparent, and very formulaic, very quickly. Instead of keeping with the momentum that was created in the first book, it felt like it pretty much went back to zero and started building again, with even more branching story lines (quite a few which I just really did not care for, at all). But it wasn't bad. The core concept of the "reality dysfunction" was still there and I wanted to see how that developed. There was still enough story lines to keep me hooked, and once again the last quarter of the book was intense the same way book 1 was, so there was still hope that book 3 will bring all together in style. Onto the third and final book. Once again we go back to zero. A lot of slowwwwwww building, and at this point I found myself thinking that there's just too much side stories that really have no relevance. It's as if he dragged it out on purpose. But that wasn't the worst of it. The worst part was how he handled the ending. For such a unique concept to have such a cop-out ending was insulting to me as a reader. It was without a doubt one of the worst examples of that deus ex machina concept ever. It just made me think "what the f*** was the point??" For all the work that the author put in, in developing the world, the technologies, the different cultures of humans and different races...to pull an ending like that just made the whole series feel like a total waste of time. And why was the second book even titles "The Neutronium Alchemist" when that whole theme would be pretty much ditched? As a whole, the second book and what it dealt with was completely irrelevant to the bigger picture, and the third book (and the whole series) felt like the ending was thought up on one drunken/stoned night where the author just couldn't be bothered to think of something creative. So I'm torn on whether to recommend this or not. Because on the one hand, the "villian" that's introduced is amazing and has some great philosophical angles, but at the same time having that sort of ending just makes everything feel like a waste of time. I would definitely recommend the first book, but after that read at your own risk. There's my 2 cents on this series.