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Gods of Risk (Expanse #2.5)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,612 ratings  ·  128 reviews
As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David tak ...more
ebook, 75 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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John Bakke Just filler, not very exciting.I guess it was a start of a bigger story that just kinda stopped.
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"You're a tough guy, but I'm a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse."

I've slowly but surely been making my way through this series, and I'm loving it. These little side stories do add a little something to the main series, and in this case, that something was a deeper liking of Roberta Draper. I liked her in Caliban's War well enough, but not as much as I wanted to. But now I've had some distance from Caliban's War, and in my mind, she's taken on kind of a mythical badassery, and that, combined
I’m on record as being a big fan of James S.A. Corey’s (the pen name used by Daniel Abraham (Twitter) and Ty Franck) Expanse series, so I eagerly read the novella GODS OF RISK in advance of their next novel ABADDON’S GATE. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this was the weakest entry in the Expanse series.

GODS OF RISK takes place on Mars when tensions are growing between it and Earth. Bobbie Draper is present in the story, but she is a peripheral character. The protagonist is David Draper, her nephew
Another short story from the Orbit Short Fiction line. As with so many of these titles, Orbit haven't yet bothered to make this one available to UK readers – luckily there are always ways around that. Whereas The Butcher of Anderson Station was explaining a part of the back story to Leviathan Wakes ; Gods of Risk is almost totally unrelated to the larger story arcs. Instead we are treated to the tale of Bobbie's, somewhat annoying, nephew. Set on Mars after the events of Caliban's War , Bobbie ...more
A short novella set between books two and three of The Expanse series. The main character is David Draper, nephew of Roberta “Bobbie” Draper, the Martian Marine introduced in the previous volume of the series.
David is studying bio-chemistry in school and has gotten himself in a bit of a situation with a local lowlife for whom he “cooks” drugs. His aunt Bobbie is mostly a frustration and interference for him, but her situation with being at loose ends following her dismissal from both her previo
A nice little detour into the so far very unexplored recesses of Mars. Following the dubious adventures of Bobby's cousin David. Interesting and insightful
Sometimes interlude novellas seem like just a bunch of trivial filler. Not so with Gods of Risk, a story set within James Corey's Expanse saga. Corey writes a taut Sf thriller here, where Mars has been colonized into underground / domed cities linked by tubes and metro-rail ("The city, such as it was, had burrowed deep into the flesh of Mars, using the soil as insulation and radiation shielding with only ten domes pressing out to the surface"). The narrative centers around David, a young chemlab ...more
A bit disappointing compared to the rest of the Expanse novels.

This story concerns David, a Martian teenager about to get the Martian equivalent of a college assignment. More or less as a lark, he's using the school's chemistry lab to cook drugs in his spare time, which he sells to a fellow named Hutch. When David gets the hots for Leelee, one of Hutch's other underlings, his efforts to "rescue" her will lead to complications.

The story is short, yet the early going is still rather tedious. The
Richard Radgoski
This was a harder story to follow. The author(s) note that writing a Novella allows for more exploration into a character...and that is what we got. Unfortunately, I was more intriqued that Roberta Draper (from Calaban's War) was the main characters Aunt and was staying with the family than I was with the main character (David). And ultimately, David was involved in things I didn't like. In the end, the story did resolve itself nicely, which I enjoyed. It was well written and did give us some in ...more
This is the best the Expanse series has done so far. The characterization of David in this book is so real. It is such a teenager thing to overvalue the power you have in certain situations, particularly when you are a phenom like David is. The thoughts he has are exactly what a teenager would think in certain situations, yet he still is able to have a certain amount of uniqueness to him.

Also, the way it deftly inserts into the background the feelings that have generated on Mars about the events
This is a short novella set between books 2 and 3 of the expanse series. It follows David Draper, nephew of Bobbie Draper from book 2. David is a promising you chemist who gets caught up with some questionable people, and finds himself trying for free a young woman from Hutch (the bad guy in this story).
There is nothing ground breaking here, which I think is what the author intended. I think the slice of life we are seeing on Mars is essentially the same that we see on Earth. The two cultures a
So there. All done. Short and sweet. This YA yarn was more interesting for its additions to the back story of the Expanse, particularly on Martian culture, than for the honey-drenched tale of young love (or infatuation). Gritty and folksy as the rest of the series.
Casey Hampton
Diehard fans will most likely suck this up through a straw because it's more story, not much, but a little. I can't say that having read this I feel more clued in to the overall scope of the storyline, but it does provide a small drop of background.
Zoltán Gecse
I rated to 3, because this short fiction didn't meet my expectation. I must admit it wasn't bad, but a little bit too short and some part of boring.

Maybe the main intension of this novel was to introduce the life on Mars. The feeling and lifestyle of the inhabitant of the red planet. We could look into the the local underground, the drog business and slavery.

Unfortunatelly something was missing. At some part of the book I lost the interest about the story. Maybe it would be better if I had read
At first it's difficult to care about a secretive, self-absorbed, hormone-riddled teen who thinks the adults around him are all idiots, even as he risks his future by working for a drug dealer. What really makes this novella sing for me is the depiction of teen alienation, and the secret lives of adolescents who crave independence without being anywhere near mature enough to make good decisions for themselves. There's a very touching moment when David sees his mother smiling at him -- at the boy ...more
This is a cool little ebook novella that takes place in between Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate. Not necessary to read, but if you like the setting then it's worth the 99 cents.
Coming after the events of Caliban's War, the novella, Gods of Risk explores the poor choices of Martian teenager David. A naturally brilliant scientist, David cooks drugs for the local crime boss and privately lusts after the girlfriend/property of said crime boss. Given that teenage boys are not known for their sound judgment, you can guess how this goes.

The great part of this story is that we get a chance to visit with Bobbie Draper again, David's aunt who's visiting after the events of Calib
Sebastian H
A short, okay story that serves as a bridge between the second and third volume of the Expanse saga. While it's a nice look into the previously unexplored territory of a Mars city still under the effects of Caliban's War ending, and a way to follow up on one of the best characters introduced in the same book, it's not as gripping as the full blown space operas that we've come to expect from the saga, and I believe that's my main gripe with it. All in all, a quick read, and while I would recommen ...more
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This is the first of the novellas in the “Expanse-iverse” I’ve read, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. While the amazing novels are all complex, multi-narrative, loaded with hard SF and trademark dialog, this shorter work was a lot more… terrestrial. The protagonist, teenage chemist David Draper, is fairly archetypical as a nerdy dreamer who falls for the prom queen. However, in this story, she’s a junkie and her boyfriend isn’t the captain of the football team, he’s a drug dealer wi ...more
I hadn't intended to revisit the Expanse series so soon after finishing "The Butcher of Anderson Station" and Caliban's War, but I needed something short to read while I waited for books I had requested to arrive at my public library, so these novellas set in the Expanse universe seemed like easy targets.

The novellas seemed promising, since they focused on characters other than James Holden, whom I had described as the least interesting character in the Expanse series. "Gods of Risk" gives us a
Josh Campbell
Reading this put me back into the world of The Expanse more than The Butcher of Anderson Station did, and I think it's because it included one of the my favorite characters from my readthroughs of the novels in the series so far. I won't reveal exactly who it is, but this character had a voice that I could hear so cleanly and crisply in my head that the instant I saw their name, it all came back to me. They aren't the main focus of the story, but this really does further their story line in a wa ...more
Carl V.
“Gods of Risk” takes place on Mars and introduces the reader to sixteen-year-old David Draper, a smart kid obsessing over the results of his lab experiments as he awaits word on where he will be assigned for his future career. The curse of adolescence is the state of thinking you know it all while actually being somewhat clueless and the reader learns early on that Draper has done something particularly stupid–he has gotten himself involved in the manufacture of illicit drugs. I read a review th ...more
This is a novelette set in the "Expanse" universe, of which I have read the first two books, Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, both of which I really enjoyed. It features a 16 year old who is sort of a Walter White ("Breaking Bad") of modern drug making on Mars - a prodigy, if you will, who is making fancy drugs in his honors high school chem lab for a wannabe drug lord on Mars, more of a lark and a thrill than really to make money. He gets mixed up in some strange tensions as the war of words ...more
After enjoying the two books of the Expanse Series that have been released to far, I decided to give the two released novellas a shot (This one and The Butcher of Anderson Station). And after fighting my eBook Reader for more than one hour, I finally managed to purchase the book (Seriously, **** you, Sony). This book takes place after the events of Caliban's War and describes the story of the nephew of Bobbie Draper, the martian Marine from Caliban's War. All marked spoilers are spoilers for Cal ...more
Nancy O'Toole
To his fellow students, David Draper is a talented sixteen-year-old chemist with a real shot at getting a good placement at a prestigious university. No one knows that he cooks drugs on the side. Finding himself torn between his two lives, David inadvertently puts himself in danger. It's up to his aunt, Bobbie Draper, to pull him out of the fire.

With book three of The Expanse, Abaddon's Gate, upon us, I thought it would be great timing to read the Expanse novella, Gods of Risk, to get in the moo
Fil Garrison
It's been a while since I read this, and I can't remember much about it.

I suppose that's a bad thing. The first novel in this series was one of my favorites in a long time, so I'm dedicated to the world and characters in The Expanse series already. And that's why what I took away from this was exactly one thing: Bobbie Draper.

Bobbie was my favorite character in the second Expanse novel by far, an intriguing twist on what could have been a boring military science fiction character. She's not in t
When I originally discovered it on Amazon (after reading Caliban's War and deciding that everything and anything in this series should be pre-ordered ASAP), it was pre-ordered, and for some reason, I thought it was show in December. I was rather surprised to get the email that it'd been delivered this month instead, so who knows? I added it to my growing pile of 2012 TBR books, and read it at first opportunity because it'd provide a nice break from the fantasy I'd been reading.

I didn't take note
This was a letdown after the other Expanse novels and short story that I read. This story focuses on the nephew of one of the main characters of Caliban's War, and a situation that he finds himself in. The story is competently written, but just didn't grab me. Like The Butcher of Anderson Station, it doesn't work as a standalone story due to the worldbuilding provided by the novels. I simply didn't care much about the protagonist or his problem. I saw where the story was going to end up by a cou ...more
Paulo Limp
This is another short story set in the "Expanse" universe. Unlike "The Butcher of Anderson Station", there's virtually no requirements to read this story - even if you have not read anything on the series you can grab this for a pleasant sci-fi evening read.
It also doesn't bring anything new into the story. You follow the activities of David, a young promising chemistry student that splits his time between studying and cooking drugs for a local drug dealer, on Mars.
From the series perspective, i
Nigel Brown
Whetted my appetite for the final book in the Expanse trilogy, which is still a month or so from release. Liked the bit part played by Bobbie Draper in this. Interesting to see her from the perspective of her family members. Story itself wasn't that original, but it was well executed, in the same way all the books in the Expanse saga are. I like that the authors behind S.A. Corey do this with their characters in-between major releases. If I had one complaint it's that I felt David wasn't as deve ...more
Thomas Wiest
So the main character of this novella isn't from the previous novels, so there is a lot of time spent world building.

The story is ok, but not great. Not much happens and it moves a long slowly. I loved the first two books in the expanse series, so maybe I just have a high level of expectation, but this one just wasn't for me.
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