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Abaddon's Gate

(The Expanse #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  63,133 ratings  ·  3,536 reviews
Abaddon's Gate is the third book in the 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 artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless d
Paperback, 539 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Orbit
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Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
There’s a utopian idea in some sci-fi like Star Trek that humanity exploring space will bring out the best in us as a species. I think that anyone who believes that hasn’t paid enough attention to what we are actually like. That’s one of the big reasons that I’m loving this series. It shows that people suck whether they’re on Earth, Mars, a moon, an asteroid, a spaceship, or exploring an alien construct built by an ancient protomolecule.

This third book in the Expanse series picks up shortly aft
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
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Corey, series completionists
Recommended to carol. by: Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Shelves: sci-fi, male-lead
Three and a half stars.

Just for funsies, I'm going to 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 get you
Travis Weir
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Re-Read 8/18/18:

Doing a full re-read of the series is almost like coming home. I've read a lot of space-opera at this point and this duo keeps hitting the ball out of the park. Tops.

I mean, who else can run a great character arc for Cassy, from all-out revenge to such a believable change of heart? Or the whole craziness of the slow zone? Or Miller?

The whole idea of doors and corners when it comes to the whole damn universe kinda freaks me out. It's Dark Forest time.

And even if I know what happen
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I should keep this short really, I have a feeling that when people see a review of book #3 of a series they have not read they tend to find something better to do with their time and move on. So I guess this review is quite a niche. Ok, that should leave maybe a couple of review readers - hello mum! :)

So Abaddon's Gate is volume 3 of the popular space operatic Expanse series. I was not that big a fan of volume 1 Leviathan Wakes, but that all changed after watching the Syfy adaptation and readin
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
General impression - a lot of combat, grouping, regrouping, splitting parties, shooting and vomiting. Buckets and buckets of vomits. It kinda felt like an annual top model convention.

The third installment in The Expanse series has left me a bit unamused. Probably if I was reading it when it was the freshest book in the series I'd be possibly having quite a different feelings about it. Now that I knew that there were at least four sequels and two more in plans, I could barely use my empathy switc
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The third book of The Expanse is my favorite in the series thus far.
The anomaly that the protomolecule ejected from Venus at the end of Caliban’s War has created The Ring – a gateway to a kind of null space dubbed The Slow Zone, where all three major power players in the solar system converge to get a foothold. When a UN vessel is destroyed, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante is blamed, setting off another potentially volatile conflict.
We already know that the authors Corey know how to
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

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
David Sven
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Scott  Hitchcock
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: expanse, sci-fi
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 4.25*

Another good book in this series. The major difference between this and book two were the character perspectives in addition to Holden were superior in book two. I think after three books of Earth, Mars and the OPA fighting over politics book four needs to happen beyond the gate. I thought with the station this might take a different story arc but it didn't.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Another solid addition to the series. The format of adding new POV characters while also following the core characters continues to work well and keeps the story fresh. I'm looking forward to the next installment!
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Violence is what people do when they run out of good ideas. It's attractive because it's simple, it's direct, it's almost always available as an option. When you can't think of a good rebuttal for your opponent's argument, you can always punch them in the face"

After the ending of Caliban's War, I couldn't wait to dive in this book. It took me however a little while to get used to the new narrators. Once more, we have a new cast of main players, including Bull, Anna and Clarissa. The first tw
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.44 ***

A Buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Read Group

I really, really enjoyed most of this book, until it went a bit too deep into the questions of who are we as humans, what do we strive for, what would be enough for human kind, and so on and on and on... Even more so, what are our red lines when it comes to forgiveness and are even the worst among us worthy of a second chance, and is there true redemption for the irredeemable... I m of the opinion that it all depends on the situation and
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still following events I more or less already know from the TV show but just like with the first two books, that is not a bad thing. A few minor things have been changed for the screen but in a good way. Some things just don't work as well on screen as in a book and the showrunners seem to have an impeccable sense for it.

This third book opens to Holden and his crew on the Rocinante being freelance workers and having made quite a lot of money that way. This also means independence from Earth,
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series seems to be a series I am really into and it's Sci-fi, which is awesome! I definitely find that I struggle more to find Sci-fi that I can connect with and get interested in, but this series blends the big epic adventure with the nitty gritty of war, people, mistakes and more. I love the fact that this is one of the most diverse series in terms of representation and grey (not just good/bad) characters, and the plots are always fun and crazy too.

This particular book follows Melba and H
It's strange to me that considering the whopper of a reveal-slash-cliffhanger at the end of Caliban's War, and the seriously visceral reaction I had to it, that I didn't immediately snatch Abaddon's Gate up like my life depended on it. I mean, I waited two years in between Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, because reasons... but then with that cliffhanger of an ending, I expected myself to crack the next book like I was turning the page.

But I did not. Instead, I doubled my wait time and let FO
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A solid middle book that get us to a seriously interesting place.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] This one wasn't quite as good as the first in the series. I think the ending really picked up, but the beginning was fairly meh. It's also strange because this book has a large scope, but everything takes place in fairly close quarters. It gave a different kind of feel to the book than the other two, not bad, but it made me feel less connected to the characters, particularly Melba. I really loved Anna and Bull, but I feel like Bull's story was just left hanging if you know what I mean. ...more
Milo (BOK)
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
Mr. Matt
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, aliens, sci-fi
The mystery of the protomolecule seems to be finally unraveled at the end of book two. The alien artifact hi-jacked Venus to build a massive ring out beyond Uranus; however, questions remain. What is the purpose of the gate? What does it do? Earth, Mars and the OPA send what remains of their navies along with premier scientists, spiritual leaders and even artists to investigate. With Holden there too trouble starts almost immediately.

Clarissa Mao, the daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao and the owner o
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was book 3 in the series Expanse by James S.A Corey, i have enjoyed this series so far, book 1 and book 2 were awesome and i gave both of them a 5 stars rate, the only reason that i gave this one only 4 stars is because due to the fact that it is book 3 , it feels like a transitionary book (one where the authors feels the need to introduce new characters, new environments or new plots to keep the story interesting). This book introduces a new concept that has the potential to change the who ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
My thoughts summed up: Humanity sucks, and I had a lot of fun with this one.

I think I'm finally warming to Holden, which means a lot considering I almost stopped reading this series because of how much I wanted to smack his cocky little head. I enjoyed the new POV characters that were introduced, especially Melba and Anna. They're great additions to the cast. (I did miss Avasarala quite a bit.) The writing is nothing special and the story is a fun space romp. The latter half of this book opened
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

The weakest of the three in the series I have read to date but it still comes up with the goods come the end. With three new viewpoints and some key plot elements coming along from the previous novels things take time to get moving, not too dissimilar to the last book in fact, but where the last book got going after the 25% mark this seemed to take well into 75% before it got to "can't put this down!" stage.

The main issue for me was the new viewpoints were lacking in comparison to the previo
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Whenever I pick up an Expanse novel, I know I’m in for a guaranteed good read. The authors just know how to create a high-stakes, fast-paced, thrill ride that usually has me devouring pages long after I should’ve gone to sleep (seriously – don’t read this book before you go to bed, you’ll never get any rest!). And aside from excellent pacing, part of what makes these novels so great are the characters. Each novel follows the story progression of the crew of the Rocinante, but also includes a few ...more
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