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Abaddon's Gate

(The Expanse #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  93,836 ratings  ·  4,924 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
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Published June 4th 2013 by Orbit
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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
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 af
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars

This was underwhelming; my least favorite novel in the series so far.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought this was subpar. Abaddon’s Gate, the third book in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey duo, was honestly a struggle for me to finish. The story begins almost a year since the end of Caliban’s War, and although it started interesting and wholesome, I overall have mixed feelings about it. I do think that Abaddon’s Gate is the weakest installment out of three books I’ve
Mario the lone bookwolf
Fanboys´ Elysium

Some of the main plot elements that found interesting use in this part and the usual, weird thoughts:

Consciousness, how it could be influenced, how subjective it is and that just seeing something as the only one doesn´t mean that it doesn´t exist. The whole Miller quanta protomolecule thing is a perfect example of that we don´t know how brains work, what could influence the poor buddy, what mental illness is, what reality is, where and what Miller is…

Programmable, intelligent ma
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Corey, series completionists
Recommended to carol. by: Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Shelves: male-lead, sci-fi
Series OCD: sometimes I has it, sometimes I don’t. Despite the success of the first book, Leviathan Wakes (my review), after the disappointing Caliban’s War (my review), I was all set to walk away from Corey and The Expanse series until friends suggested the final book was a capstone worth reading. I’d agree with that assessment; after the recycled plot in Caliban’s War disappointed, Abaddon’s Gate pulls itself together with an exploration of galactic human politics after the protomolecule has b ...more
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
I still adore this series, but this book felt slower to me than the previous installments because I cared less about the perspectives we were following. This felt more like a filler book, and the plot had a “stop and start” element to it that kept me from getting interested until we were more than halfway through. This book did feel like the end of one chapter and beginning of another, but I’m interested to get back to some other perspectives we’ve gotten in past books.
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
Jeffrey Keeten
”A history professor at university had once told her, 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.”

An alien artifact has appeared in Uranus’s orbit, where it has built a gate that leads to a starless space beyond. James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been lured there alon
Ahmad Sharabiani
Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3), James S.A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate is a science fiction novel by James S. A. Corey (pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).

James Holden and his crew on the salvaged Martian warship Rocinante played a role in two major events in human history: saving the Earth from the first direct proof of alien technology discovered in our solar system, and saving as many people as they could when a new form of the technology appeared on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.

As part of the firs
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars
Spoiler Discussion:

I really enjoyed this third installment in the Expanse series. The beginning started out a little slow, but once the story got moving, it did not stop. There are several new characters introduced in this novel. Personally, I found myself more drawn to the chapters which featured previously-established characters. However, I did eventually warm up to the new additions in the cast, although I struggled with Melba's character arc.

I appreciat
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
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read, 2021-read
Second Read - March 2021 (4/5 stars)
Although I'm generally not someone who rereads very much, 2021 seems to be my year for it. I recently finished The Great Library series by Rachel Caine, and am now well into my reread and completion of The Expanse.

Rereading after having watched the TV series of The Expanse has been an interesting exercise. There are (necessarily) lots of changes, both small and large as the story moves from page to screen, but it has managed to capture the essence of what mak
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Scott  Hitchcock
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, r2017, scifi

"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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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,
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A solid middle book that get us to a seriously interesting place.
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