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Abaddon's Gate (Expanse #3)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  8,687 ratings  ·  784 reviews
The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series.
For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark...more
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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I've been waiting for this book since I finished the previous book in the series. I've been actively anticipating it for the past few months. I've been hungering after it for the past week or so. So, with all those high expectations, did Abaddon's Gate live up to my hopes?

Why, yes. Yes, it did.

It had everything I could hope for in a science fiction novel. Great characters: check. Great worldbuilding: check. Awesome journeys through the depths of space into mysterious... things: check. Pulse-poun...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
May 16, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Corey, series completionists
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Algernon
Shelves: male-lead, sci-fi
Three and a half stars.

Just for funsies, I'm going to give leave the last paragraph of my full review:

Strangely, for all the focus on the McGuffin Ring, there’s very little focus on the science, mechanics and impact of the Ring. It remains a philosophical point. At the finale, I felt like the book turned into an Aesop’s fable, action scenes notwithstanding. However, Miller’s provides an excellent summation with his pronouncement, “I keep warning you. Doors and corners, kid. That’s where they ge...more

If humanity were capable of being satisfied, then they'll still be living in trees and eating bugs out of one another's fur. Anna had walked on a moon of Jupiter. She'd look up through a dome-covered sky at the great red spot, close enough to see the swirls and eddies of a storm larger than her home world. She'd tasted water thawed from ice as old as the solar system itself. And it was that human dissatisfaction, that human audacity that had put her there.

Book three of the Expanse series offer...more
John Carter McKnight
I'm simply gobsmacked. The first two volumes were terrific and really good respectively, but they didn't prepare me for the gut-wrenching brilliance of this volume. This deserves to be ranked as one of the classics of military SF, religious SF and space opera, all at once.

The characterization here is stunning: one of the viewpoint characters is the "main villain," and if there were nothing but her internal perspective, this would be some first-rate writing. Add on the trilogy heroes, a lesbian...more
Per Gunnar
I do not think I have read a book series before which have gone from really great to really disappointing in one go like this one just did. There is nothing wrong with the writing itself. It is as good as before. It is the content, the story itself, which is simply disappointing as far as I am concerned.

Apart from Holden and his crew all the nice characters from the previous book like Bobby and the likable bitch Avasarala are gone. The new ones introduced are nowhere near those that we lost in t...more
David Sven
Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are back and ready to save the solar system once again in another popcorn devouring, action, blockbuster style space opera.

The protomolecule has built a large structure in space. Nobody knows what it does but Earth, the Martians and the OPA all want a piece of it. Everybody whose anybody from Governments to religious celebrities to the media wants a look see - and the crew of the Rocinante is there ready to cash in when they receives an offer they can't refus...more
Bane of Kings
The Full Review:

“There are some series that I wish could go on forever, and The Expanse is one that fulfils that category. James SA Corey delivers another stunning entry with Abaddon’s Gate, and therefore Book Four cannot come fast enough.” ~The Founding Fields

James SA Corey is the penname of Daniel Abraham & Ty Frank, for those people who do not already know – if you’ve been following the series or at least have read the first volume, then you’ll k...more
Wow. This was a great start to my summer reading. I thought the first book, Leviathan Wakes, was great, the second book, Caliban's War, was even better and this one was a fabulous ending for the trilogy.

I had the luxury of diving into it on a three day, 1600 mile road trip with my husband doing all the driving. You know the book is good when he would pipe up with "Could you fill up my water bottle, please" and (on the inside anyway) I'm all grumbling "Really? Again? You drink too much water and...more
Space opera done well can be very good indeed. And in the first two books of this series, the authors caught the right seam and mined it. The alien protomolecule was a malevolent entity that drove the narratives forward like an eight-cylinder engine. In this 3rd book, the alien has risen out of Venus and formed a ring in the outer solar system. Again another intriguing SFnal concept that provides impetus, at least for the first part of Book 3. Various parties head for the ring, including the mai...more
Can't get enough of this series. It has continued to capture my attention. My involvement with the main characters couldn't be stronger. It reminds me greatly of how I felt reading about Royce and Haydrian in the Riyia series. Total immersion.

I am getting on a plane, so not going to write anymore. Needless to say, starting book four as i cruise above Australia.
Tudor Ciocarlie
By far the best book of the Expanse series. Reading Abanddon's Gate is like watching a combination of the best episodes from Battlestar Galactica and Firefly. It has the big starship and all the gravitas of the Battlestar Galactic, but also a very humane and ironic captain, a bad-ass with a Vera kind of a gun, a woman engineer, a modified super-girl and even a preacher. It is not an easy feat, taking the zombie and crime-noir story from the first volume and guide it to the glorious and spectacul...more
Executive Summary: Not nearly as good as Caliban's War, but still quite enjoyable for me. Eagerly looking forward to Cibola Burn now.

Audio book: The quality is about the same as the previous two. Mr. Mays is a good, but not great reader.

One of the POV characters is Russian, but he doesn't read her that way. That'd be fine except that there are times when she interacts with other characters and he seems to deliver her lines with a bit of a Russian accent, so I don't really get the inconsistency...more
Travis Weir
I'm utterly flabbergasted at all of the 5 star ratings that this book received. It truly was not even close to a 5 star effort. I for one am shocked at the bollocks the authors made of things in this, the third part of The Expanse.

Where do I start ?

The first two books were truly brilliant, and Caliban's War ended with a dandy of a cliffhanger with the protomolecule in full threat and Miller making his mysterious comeback. With regards to taking advantage of the protomolecule threat, and all of t...more
5 Stars

Strip this series down to what matters most… James SA Corey(the pen name of Daniel Abraham & Ty Frank) have written a science fiction series in a way that matters most, it is so much freaking fun to read. Each book has upped the ante on the weight of the issues, on the creativity of the bad guys, and also the fun factor that Holden and his cohorts have brought to the game. The crew of the Rocinante are now my favorite space fearing Scooby gang.

Some criticize the different pacing of e...more
Arg this book is frustrating. I enjoyed Leviathan Wakes, and was excited to see how the world developed. Caliban's War I thought really delivered on that promise, introducing characters far more interesting then the first book and expanding the world. This book...not so much.

There are two glaring issues with this book. The first is Melba. I can't think of another word other than obvious. From the moment she is introduced, it's both incoherent with what was established in the last two books, and...more
Tom Merritt
I'll admit I was unsure ant this one at first. I was very excited to head out with Holden and crew again but it to so,e effort to want to get to know Anna and Bull. But the end it was definitely worth it. As a fanboy I'd always want more of the Rocinante crew, but that work to get to know these characters definitely pays off with an emotional end.
Jun 09, 2013 DMS rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
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Wait! Wait! Something doesn't make sense.


If the alien computer system created a "slow zone" that changed the laws of physics and created a speed limit, then a Marine lobbed a grenade at an alien security thing which caused the speed limit to instantly change which lead to so horrific casualties in the human fleet because nothing could move faster than a lobbed grenade, then how in the hell is the final third of the book a huge gun battle? Did I miss the part where Miller made bullets...more
Abaddon's Gate is the third book in the marvelous science fiction Expanse series about the intersection of aliens in the terrestrial solar system.

According to wikipedia, . "Abaddon means destruction or "place of destruction", or the realm of the dead, and is associated with Sheol."

So just from the name alone, the reader should know that this book is going to be about a place of destruction, which fits this story because the alien protomolecule has been the definition of destruction.

The aliens ha...more
This third novel in the Expanse series seems to lose puff the further up the gravity well it goes. The outstanding POV characters (über-marine Bobbie and potty-mouthed politician Avasarala) who gave so much color and vitality to Caliban's War are now gone. Also noticeably absent is a sense of wonder about an alien-constructed portal to who-knows-where opening at the edge of the solar system. Instead, the various contingents of Earth, Mars and Belters practically trip over each other in the scrum...more
Another expanse book, another 5 stars.
This one is a little different in that most of the action takes place at the end but it doesn't make it any less good.
We're introduced to three new characters :
- an ancient marine named Bull
Clarissa Mao : the sister of Julie Mao
Anna : a pastor.

This book is different in that for once the bad side is not an evil corporation motivated by greed and a search for power, but instead the enemy is fear, ignorance, hate and what it can drive men and women to do (...more
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Have I got a treat for you, the cure to your mid-summer doldrums.

With Abaddon's Gate, James S.A. Corey brings to a conclusion the epic space opera series The Expanse with a bang that can only be described as explosive, even if it does have slow fuse to put all the pieces in place with an explosive and satisfying conclusion.

And it's all in the name.

If you Google the word "Abaddon," you'll find that it is a Hebraic word that refers to a place of destruction. In the New Testament Book of Revelation...more
When we left the Expanse series in Book 2 (Caliban’s War) things were setting themselves up for SOMETHING BIG to happen.

(And this might be a good place to point out that there may be SPOILERS for the previous books below).

So, when we get to Book 3 it is rather expected that SOMETHING BIG will happen. And we do seem to start on an epic scale. The enigmatic aliens of previous novels have adapted Venus and are now building some sort of stargate in Uranus’s orbit – that leads to a place without star...more
3.5 stars. There’s a lot to enjoy about this book. The setting is great: a fully populated solar system; tension between Earth and Mars and the Outer Planets; an alien threat which seems to be failing to serve as the catalyst to unite humanity.

I love the fact that g-force, created by thrust or spin, is such a significant factor in the story. The authors may hand-wave the issue of energy sources, but they spell out in almost loving detail the consequences of being in a spaceship which accelerates...more
Third book of Expanse series is here but epic finale we all waited for is not. I still like it and if this was the second book it would be part of the 2nd book sindrome as most of the trilogies suffers from it. Maybe the series would go on so this one could stand as interesting but nothing special so let's move on to the next one...

First book delivered horror elements mixed with some outstanding detective story while second one was oriented a bit more toward pure action. I was hoping this one wo...more
Why, oh why, can't I choose a 4.5? The Expanse books just keep getting not just better, but bigger -- the stakes keep going up and the universe keeps expanding. This time we again get Holden and the crew of the Rocinante (the thread that ties the whole series together), plus a whole bunch of new characters (including a very sympathetically-portrayed priest and a very sympathetically-portrayed vengeance-driven sociopath) leading (more-or-less by accident) a combined Earth/Martian/Outer Planets fl...more
Alex Ristea
Somehow along the way, the magic was lost.

Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War were some of the best sci-fi novels I’ve read. The characters, action, and attention to detail were spot-on and I ripped right through them. Abbadon’s Gate fell just a little short, though I can’t pinpoint a specific reason and say “Aha! here was the error!”

An enjoyable read, but did not meet my expectations.
Wow, back to the breakneck pace of the first volume. Vengeance, murder, ghosts (or simulated ghosts?), sabotage, mutiny, intra-ship combat tactics, ominous utterly alien artifacts, the fate of humanity in the balance, the frightening and tragic consequences of basic physics, a military hardass character I can respect, a well-written Christian character I can root for(?!), lots and lots of hard fought bloody sacrifice, portals to unthinkably distant worlds, and goddamn if it doesn't also have a s...more
This series has gotten stronger with every book. The third volume is my favorite to date and it is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure that builds on what has gone before and expands the canvas of the series universe. It is tense, exciting, and just plain fun.

My biggest problem with the opening of the series is that it was very hard to get invested in the stakes. A war between Earth and Mars when we'd never particularly seen Earth or Mars or cared about them at all. What does it matter if Holden s...more
All of the implicit promises made to me as a reader have been fulfilled and titillated and stoked to a nice fine fire. I wanted something with huge scope, and while I kept thinking about Iain M. Banks Culture or more to the point, Brin's Uplift War, or even Pohl's Gateway series, I was thoroughly impressed with the Expanse because it kept me grounded in the multiple scales needed to fully appreciate it. Sure, there's series that have galaxy-wide adventure, but how does one truly draw the reader...more
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