Rarely does the second novel in a 'trilogy' succeed as well as it's predecessor, much less surpass it. There are a few exceptions--JRR Tolkien's "Two Towers" comes to mind. This is such a case. In the second part of The Expanse series, the author(s) have fleshed out their primary protagonists while introducing three new heroes equally as interesting. At times, reminiscent of "Firefly", journeying aboard the "Rocinante" is as quixotic an adventure as ever.
While I wouldn't want to live in the future envisioned here, the journey across and about the solar system aboard her, never fails to pull this reader a little farther 'up the well' from terra firma.