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Cibola Burn (Expanse #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  8,040 ratings  ·  671 reviews
The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gat ...more
Hardcover, 583 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2014)
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Alex Ristea
Never fear folks, the Expanse is back and better than ever! From recent news, we can expect five more novels and I couldn't be a happier bookworm.

Cibola Burn is a massively exciting sci-fi novel—the summer blockbuster of the fiction world. Now, that's not saying that it doesn't have it's deep and emotional moments, but let's face it: we love reading these books because things go boom in space, and futuristic technology kicks ass.

Let me tell you just how good it is. I thought I'd sit down and rea
Neil Hepworth
This book was the clunker to end all clunkers. The dud to end all duds. The turd in your soup, if you will. In other words, it was a bad book.

First of all, the book can’t figure out it’s own plot. Twenty pages in and the book thinks it’s going to be about immigration, evil corporations and land rights. Oh, but then it’s not. Halfway in and the book thinks it’s going to be about natural disasters. But then it’s about killer slugs and orbital decay?...neither of which was interesting. At the end,
Executive Summary: This one felt very different from the rest of the series to me. Whether or not that is a good thing will largely depend on the reader I suspect.

Audio book: Erik Davies is OK. Originally I was pretty indifferent about the narrator change for this book. I was never particularly attached to Jefferson Mays. I had sort of of hoped that as this was the first book released in hardcover maybe the change was due to them getting a better reader.

Turns out that wasn't the case. For the m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Expanse is probably my science fiction series right now, and I think Cibola Burn is the best installment yet.

Why, you ask? Well, unlike the previous books, which I felt started off slow but gradually built up to bigger and better action, Cibola Burn breaks this pattern and kicks things off right away with an explosive conflict you can’t ignore. The mysterious proto-molecule that somehow created a massive ring structu
Jordan Rose
I finished it, due in large part because of my love for the Expanse series overall, as I devoured Leviathan Wakes thru Abaddon's Gate in short order. Cibola Burn, however, fell short of my expectations for many reasons, most of which have already been detailed in previous reviews.

First, the new characters. Basia's story arc was probably the most interesting of the newcomers yet, even still, I found myself becoming bored with his predictability. Havelock, for the most part, I found myself wanting
The fourth book in the Expanse Universe continues the tradition of reinventing the series with each new installment. If the first one was a mix of hard-boiled detective investigation and zombie apocalypse in space, the second was mostly about open warfare between the main three factions in the future Solar System (The Earth, Mars and the Outer Planets alliance), the third a homage to Arthur C Clarke Rama novels, the best way I can find to characterize the latest is "cowboys and aliens", wi
Mar 01, 2014 Gene marked it as to-read
How do so many people mark it as read when it hasn't even been released yet.
That book is rather difficult to judge and I thought long and hard about it. It has 4 star moments, like the scenes with the recurring cast, the interludes and the epilogue that hints towards the return of some beloved characters from the second book.

Unfortunately the rest of the book lost me completely. A year has passed after the events of the last book and humans start to colonize new planets.
And already on the first planet we have issues between the Belter settlers and a UN research company
5 Stars

This is such an amazing series. It has everything for the sci-fi geek to love. Each book brings something new to the table and all feature such an amazing cast.

I truly love this series and cannot wait to read more.

I highly recommend this series to science fiction lovers. This is a blockbuster series that will appeal to a large fan base. These books are so much freaking fun to read...Go and get them...
This was a pretty big change to the normal story. It did feel like more of a standalone book, rather than book a 4.

I did enjoy it, I did give it 4 stars, but after the first 3 books, my expectations were very high.

Rather than a continuation of the crazy shit going down in space, we go planet side for a bit of a colonial first landing storyline. There really wasn't any stand out characters (apart from our usual team of hero's), although Murtry as annoying as he was by being completely inflexible
This series as a whole is so poorly-named, that it borders on false advertising. For an ongoing story collectively called The Expanse, each successive book has become smaller, and smaller in scope. Leviathan Wakes had a solar system-wide war, with entire planetary bodies being irrevocably altered in the conflict. Caliban's War had virtually the same plot, but with some different characters, and felt lesser by its very derivative nature. Abaddon's Gate centered on an enclosed area of space, with ...more
Once again, we are back to the "4.5 Stars"-Problem. This book was definitely better than the last in the series, but it wasn't quite back where the first one was.

There are many great quotes ("Say pretty please, but carry a one-kilo slug of tungsten accelerated to a detectable fraction of c") and great scenes (almost none of which can be mentioned without spoilers). I absolutely loved the interludes, which were something completely different from the rest of the book, and appealed to my inner com
For this fourth book in the ever expanding "Expanse" saga (see what I did there...), I was filled with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Excitement because, well, this is the fourth book in the amazingly kick-ass "Expanse" series, which is quickly becoming my favorite space opera. Trepidation because, as I browsed through the contents section and saw yet another list of named chapters (which means that chapter is from that person's point of view) for people I didn't know, I wondered at the ...more
Cibola Burn, the first book in the second Expanse trilogy, was quite good, but not as transcendent as the books in the first trilogy (Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate). I think there are several reasons for this:

Scale: The first trilogy brought us characters and action across the entire solar system. From the outer planets and moons, to the Belt, to Mars and Earth. There was sense of large events unfolding on a huge scale that gave these books a certain amount of gravitas. This
When we left Holden & Co. at the end of the last book, they helped open the alien gate to the part of the Universe with thousands of habitable worlds. The colonization rush has begun and humans being who they are - it isn't peaceful. The refugees from Ganymede have settled on an ore rich planet determined to make a home there. The problem is that a corporation with the U.N. charter claims rights on the same planet. The tensions mount and threaten to blow up. Who could possibly be send to med ...more
The Expanse is one of those series I sort of accidentally fell in love with. I only sort of liked it at first, while also being terrified by it (the first two books especially could fit comfortably into the horror genre, in my opinion). And then the third book hit and I was suddenly really, really into it. I know if I went back and re-read the first two I would retroactively love them, because that’s what always happens to me in these situations (Farscape and The Dresden Files are the first two ...more
In this 4th novel, the authors have settled into a story-telling rhythm and formula that continues the broad appeal of the Expanse series. New POV characters in addition to the mainstay Holden crew, and Miller, the ghost-detective, (I still miss potty-mouthed Avasarala from book 2) provide the basis for the book's buildup to conflict and eventual resolution. Who has the right to a new world, those who have ventured there first, or those who have a mandate from the faraway earth government? How w ...more
My favorite part of the Expanse series is how easily I get caught up in them. The books are hectic from the get-go and follows a recipe of a big crisis, people do something to escalate it, and the crew of the Rocinante come to save the way. It's simple, formulaic, and amazing.

Reading through Cibola Burn didn't quite have that same magic. Everything is still there, but there's no sense of immediacy until the final leg. That left the characters to progress the story. With Holden & co. mainly f
Definitely a low point for the series, basing it's conflicts on everybody acting like idiots and not thinking ahead.
The story was surprisingly predictable and unambitious, but i kept reading, waiting for that big twist to show up and blow me away.

It never did...

The book has some similarities with Greg Bear's Eon, but in my opinion Eon had a more realistic take on the situation, and at least their sexually frustrated engineer fit into the storyline.

Still,i enjoyed the ride, even though it ultimat
Milo (Bane of Kings)
The Review:

“James SA Corey continues to create an incredibly fun, entertaining and awesome book that moves from strength to strength. Like the last three novels in the saga, Cibola Burn is most likely going to be one of the best books of the year. Highly Recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields


The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity’s
Khamneithang Vaiphei
Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey is the fourth book in the Expanse series, and follows in the tradition of the earlier Expanse novel Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1), Caliban's War (Expanse, #2) and Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3). The Expanse series is tremendous and huge, and may well be one of the best and finest science fiction novels of our time.

Following from where Abaddon’s Gate left off, it has been made possible for humanity to occupy thousands of hospitable planets. The floodgates have been o
Humanity has ventured outside of our solar system for the first time. Unfortunately we are still humans and we seem to have a tendency to bring out the worst in each other when given the opportunity.We will still be petty even when we have reached, and started to colonise, space.

Thousands of new worlds have opened up to humanity thanks to the gate opened in Abaddon's Gate. The first of these new planets about to be officially colonized by humans have already been settled by a group of Belters l
Well, this series crashed and burned. I would dearly love to know what the authors were thinking (or not) when they wrote the character of Elvi. And not just Elvi, even though she was the most offensive, the whole plot was ridiculous. If there are two solutions to a problem, one smart and one stupid, the plot relied on every single person choosing the stupid option. And then it all works out via deus ex machina. Only the epilogue tells us, no, it's not worked out at all. I'm quitting this series ...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
Expanse series continues as strong and gives no signs of weakness. I like very much how Corey parallels in this novel the planetary universe with the outer-space one. Everything is different on a planet with air and gravity and in the outer-space, from the way people interact and fight, to the way they breath and think. Skillful witting and impressive fourth volume.
A brilliant addition to the superb Expanse series! Every bit as excellent as books 1 and 2 and a step forward from book 3, this is a hugely enjoyable adventure, peopled with characters I care about.

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Jun 12, 2015 Dara marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, space-opera
Made it a little past 25%. I hate all of the POV characters. The plot has no depth or nuance. Everything escalates to violence at the drop of a hat, making the story boring and predictable. I hope the TV series improve on the books because there's so much potential. I just can't do it anymore.
Ugh this is the weakest book in the series. Probably has most cartoony villain in the history of space soaps.

At least the last chapter promises more Chrisjen in the next book.
The idea of a book series where a book is released every year by the same author is almost unknown to me. I guess that's just the stuff I've gotten into reading. The Expanse is a huge exception to this, as the pair behind James S.A. Corey have delivered every year, and from what I have read, are now contracted to deliver every June for nine books total. I have no reason to doubt the ability of Daniel Abraham and co-writer Ty Franck to live up to this schedule even as Abraham writes his own stuff ...more
While I have enjoyed the series, Cibola Burn mostly felt like filler and was about two hundred pages too long.
When I finished Abaddon's Gate, the final book in the first trilogy in the Expanse universe, it felt so complete that I predicted the next trilogy would be set farther in the future. I was wrong and I'm happy about that.

Abaddon's Gate ended with the ring gate opening up thousands of worlds to humanity. Are we ready for it? Absolutely not. Is that going to stop us? Has it ever? While everyone is trying to figure out how to go about studying these new planets, a refugee ship from Ganymede blasts o
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