James S. A. Corey
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The sixth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series!
A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.
James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.
But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.
The Expanse Leviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's Ashes
The Expanse Short Fiction The Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital Abyss
The most boring of the series, especially compared to the previous one.
Sadly the series is starting to turn into a run on sentence…
Propels 'The Expanse' Forward
**There are no spoilers for THIS book, but I talk about past books**
I've read quite a few reviews describing this book as 'ok' and tending to describe it as a filler. After reflection on the book I've come to view it as my favorite so far.
I feel this book was a major turning point for the series and I suppose I'll have to wait until next year to see if I'm right about that. I'm going to keep this spoiler free so I won't give anything away, but the authors introduced an event in the previous book (Nemesis Game) that was narrative changing and they pick up in this book right where the other left off.
The book has a solid ending; not a cliffhanger. I would feel satisfied if this had been the last book in the series and that's the real feeling I have coming out of this book. The others left me angsty and ready to read the others. This left that pleasant taste of finality in my mouth that I could nod and look back fondly on the series as I went on to other things. That isn't say I'm done with the series - I'll keep reading for as long as they keep writing, but to me this book had a sense of directional change. They're ready to move on and do new stuff.
If I had to guess, this book was a seeding thought in the authors' heads way at the beginning - they knew the story was going to progress to this point and culminate in the events of Nemesis Games and this book.
I loved the very subtle and real character developments of this book. There is nothing substantially different about the main characters, but Holden in particular is 'growing up' and realizing that his actions have consequences that he needs to live up to. I found Naomi to be neglected in this book which was a little odd considering that Filip and Marco are so prominent in the story. But I think we got a lot of her in Nemesis Games so the authors probably purposely pulled back. Avasarla has an endearing couple moments in the book and I am always surprised how perfectly the authors are able to make her a real person in my mind with her nuances and private emotions. I've always found Alex (the pilot) to be an underused character that is pretty one dimensional, and while, the book didn't do much to change my opinion on him, there was a great couple chapters from his perspective that were absolutely perfectly written that showed he's a human too. I loved the subtle interactions between Clarissa Mao on the ship. The book brings us back to a couple past characters in a few scattered chapters, but does so in a fluid and natural way that doesn't force them to run into Holden again, but is just showing what else is going on in the expanded universe.
I think this book is not the most interesting or spectacular but it really has a feel of ease to it, like butter. It's hard for me to explain but the book seemed natural, subtle, and not forced. The ending didn't surprise me and I felt the book led up to it, but that's OK. I don't need surprise endings every book, I very much enjoyed how things seemed to naturally coalesce in this book.
I think some people's concerns were that this book didn't have much to do with Alien things in it, and they felt it was expository in the series. Well it didn't have much to do with Alien things in it, but I can't imagine reading the end and not getting excited about where the story is going to go next.
The truth is, if you've been reading the series up until now, you're going to continue reading. You're not going to jump on here, because you would be so incredibly lost, sa sa? But I think this book really represents how The Expanse's universe has matured and how everything up until now just clicked in this really natural way.