Judas Unchained is the second book of Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga. Like the first book, it’s a mess of of chrome without focus, wrapped around otherwise interesting concepts. This book spends less time with the interesting concepts, and really just devolves into a drawn-out space opera. The plot is overblown, predictable, and heavily foreshadowed. Unfortunately, it advances at a pace that makes the texture of the novel feel straight out of Tolstoy, with far less intrigue and elegance. This is saying a lot, because Tolstoy bores me to tears.
If you’re going to read the first book, you’ve invested enough that you might as well slog through the second tome, but feel free to skim with impunity. Another solid 5/10.