After another three book break since The Neutronium Alchemist I picked up the last part in The Night’s Dawn Trilogy, eager to see how the story concludes.
This is the book that concludes it all. How does humanity overcome the possession crisis? How does humanity live with the knowledge that death isn’t the end? How is Quinn Dexter beaten? What have the Tyrathca discovered on their exodus, and can it help humanity? And most importantly, can Hamilton bring this all to a satisfying conclusion?
In the previous two books, Hamilton started many storylines, with the possessed and the solution to that issue being the biggest. In this book he brings them all to a conclusion. In the case of the battles between non-possessed and possessed each battle plays out differently, showing that the one easy solution isn’t that easy, and that not every possessed is a Quinn Dexter, Kiera or Al Capone. Some are Fletcher Christian. We also learn more about the xenoc worlds of the Kiint and Tyrathca, and how other races have dealt with this issue. Up until the last two chapters, there still wasn’t a resolution in sight. The Naked God of the title is kind of a deus ex machina, something so new and different that solves every single issue (and then some) in the universe. It was clever, but I think I would have liked Hamilton to spend half the book on the resolution and make it more real, instead of fixing it all in the last 100 pages. Still, a satisfying conclusion of 4 out of 5 stars.