The Rise of Endymion

In Dan Simmons' concluding book to his saga, the Catholic Church has become complicit with a devilishly deceiving machinisation (granting immortality) in ruling billions across the galaxy, and the young savior's ultimate solution is one that is truly horrifying and brilliant at the same time. Though I finished reading the book back in July, the last hundred pages still resonate, and the wistful pleasure and knowledge of finality that the story's teller feels at the satisfying end encapsulates the author's vision of the galaxy, or rather what it should be, quite nicely.

I'm only sad that it is over, but to want it to go on and on would ironically be against one of the central messages of the book.

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