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Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  25,607 Ratings  ·  1,650 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
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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,
Aug 02, 2015 Kemper rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space, aliens, 2015, expanse
In The Expanse humanity has spread out among our solar system, and there have been decades of political tension and hostility among the people of Earth, Mars, and the Belters of the Outer Planetary Alliance. The events of the previous books have resulted in the unlocking of a system of wormhole gates that puts literally a thousand habitable new worlds and all their natural resources within reach.

All the people put their differences aside to begin a new golden age of peace and prosperity as they
Hannah Greendale
Dec 24, 2016 Hannah Greendale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After taking almost three hundred pages to find its stride, Cibola Burn launches its readers into a tense, high-stakes adventure that lasts to the final page.
Alex Ristea
Jun 17, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 05, 2013 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2014 Justin rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Mr. Matt
Jul 03, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015, aliens
Just when I thought I was getting tired of the Expanse ... Cibola Burn takes humanity through the mysterious gates built by the protomolecule, to a thousand habitable worlds. The new worlds promise a rebirth for humanity. No more population controls, no more crowded, polluted planets, no more scraping a subsistence living in an air pocket on a planetoid. A thousand Edens await; however, as Detective Miller reminds us, you gotta watch the doors and corners.

Just because humanity made it to a new E
Aug 01, 2016 Vladimir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read, 2016
I dalje odlična zabava.. kraj malo škripi ali sve u svemu ja sam zadovoljan!!!

Sa nestrpljenjem čekam nastavak...!!!
Jordan Rose
Jun 26, 2014 Jordan Rose rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 02, 2014 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
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 22, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

Another enjoyable outing in what is probably the best sci-fi series I've read so far to date. Whilst not the best in the series for me, there are new themes addressed here with a slight shift from the previous novels. The layout is the same, 4 different POV's with only Holden been the link from the last ones (excluding prologue and epilogue) but a slight change being that this one starts off quite intense as supposed to the others which are slow builders.

I liked the pacing of this novel, w
Apr 13, 2017 Sanaa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
[3.5 Stars] It's not the best book in the series, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It's a lot of the same from before which is why this doesn't get as high of a rating as the others. It's good, very good, but not as exciting as the previous books (or as ingenious).
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
May 29, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
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...
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.
Apr 28, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I found the challenges of the planet, the scientists rushing around to save things, Holden's interactions with the protomolecule, the idea of a new frontier, etc all absolutely fascinating and lots of fun. But I didn't like the moustache-twirling evil villain (I found him unbelievable) or the lack of female viewpoints in this. (Elvi is a great character but also problematic.) Man oh man, though, I am looking forward to the next one!
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Jun 26, 2014 Jack +Master Passion Read+ rated it really liked it
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
May 02, 2016 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Well well well, I'm so happy to announce that a dip of quality, which I accused Abaddon's Gate of, was just, I guess, a misunderstanding or a random accident or whatever - I actually don't care what it was, because "The Expanse" is cool and real deal again.

Yet again it's a really good story, though yet again it wouldn't be true to classify it as a "Space opera", as all the action unfolds down at one single planet - New Terra, or Ilus, which, by the way, is full of ancient alien ruins and deacti
Sep 21, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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.

Turns out that I lemmed the book right before it got good and interesting. I stick by some of my previous assertions (escalating to violence quickly, POV characters aren't great) but the story did find some urgency and complexi
Megan Baxter
Nov 22, 2016 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it
Four books in, I'm still hooked on this series. I've enjoyed it from the very first book, and have been eager to pick up each new one. With Cibola Burn, we've moved outside the bottle episode into a suddenly vastly enlarged space, with all the pitfalls that might involve. Humans are expanding into a perilous time, but all most see are opportunities.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here
Mar 07, 2014 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars

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 se
After the sequence of the last novel, practically anything was possible. The whole universe was up for grabs, tempered with the terror of knowing that everyone in it had died. I had tons of faith in these authors before picking up this book. I knew they could pull off anything they wanted, and not only did they succeed, they succeeded fantastically. This is some of the absolute best space opera-ish sci-fi I've ever read. Perhaps I am also very invested in the characters, and so anything I think ...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
Nov 25, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
Previously, I had read the first trilogy in what is now called The Expanse series, which are ‘Leviathan Wakes’, ‘Calaban’s War’, and ‘Abaddon’s Gate’. These books introduce the reader to the main characters and a future universe where humans have expanded into and settled the Solar System. Various interests have built communities and space stations around and on the important planets and moons. ‘Cibola Burn’ is book 4 in the same series and it may be the beginning of a new trilogy, or it might s ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Max rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2014 Simon rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2017 Carlos rated it really liked it
This is the first book I review this year and I'm so glad that I'm back in the universe of the expanse series. This is the fourth installment in the series and while I'm glad that some things got resolved in this one , I can feel that the theme is getting a little bit repetitive and while it still works, I fee like this is something that the author needs to watch out for in the next installments , other than that everything you love about this series (and since you are reading the 4th installmen ...more
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