Book Review: Hellhole Inferno by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Hellhole Inferno (Hellhole Trilogy #3) by Brian Herbet and Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: April 12, 2014

Edition: Hardcover, 528 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: 2.5/5

A predictable, but good and satisfying ending to a trilogy that was, unfortunately  a disappointment. 


The thrilling conclusion to the Hellhole trilogy
After the events of Hellhole Awakening, the people of Hellhole and the shadow-Xayans scramble to rally against the threat from the still-living rogue Xayans. Back on Sonjeera, the Monarchy is in an uproar after their surprising defeat and the breakaway of the Deep Zone planets. The dowager Queen decides to go to Hellhole on a diplomatic mission, hoping to keep her power. But after touring Hellhole, Queen Michella is shaken, and begins to realize that she can never have the old Monarchy back.
Before the Queen can return to Sonjeera, she’s captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans had developed their minds to the point where they could evolve and, in so doing, trigger another Big Bang, wiping out everything.
The rogue Xayans thought they succeeded in stopping the ascension, but the orthodox Xayans on Hellhole are nearly ready. Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort. Can all these lives and the planet itself be saved?

Every once in a while, you will a read a book where you just keep waiting for it to get good, but it never does. You see the potential on pages, you understand what the authors is trying to do, and you keep reading in the hopes that everything will suddenly just click. But that’s all it is. Hope – a dream. While you are still there waiting for it to all come together, you turn the page and suddenly the novel is done, and you stuck wondering kept sticking it out, all for nothing in the end.

The problem with this last book is that it still had all the same problems of the first two!

A slow moving plot. That while it is always moving forward, it does so in a kind of zig-zag, sideways motions that leaves you waiting for something to happen. The characters at their base are all good, and very fitting for the story, but they never get developed, and their dialog and actions are all too inconsistent and don’t seem fit. (Remember when Commander Hallholme was described as a senile old man, only re-telling his war stories? What happened to that when he suddenly took command of the fleet?)

I’ll cut to the chase here. If book 1 didn’t hook you, and neither did book 2, don’t expect anything new or different here. It just a continuation of the story.

I myself read through the trilogy, because I was genuinely interested in the plot. The conflict between the Constellation and Deep Zone was, the mystery going on with aliens, and what ever ala’ru was. I really wanted to find out what would happen, and I happy to say that I was very satisfied with the ending. I only wish it could have been put together better.

Does the ending warrant through the final book in you weren’t a fan or the first two? No.

If you were like me, and are curious about the ending? Then, Yes. However, there is no need to rush into after book 2. Wait for a rainy weekend.

I wouldn’t say this was a bad trilogy, but it did fall short for me. I kept expecting and hoping for more from it.

2.5/5 Rating


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