The sixth book in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series.
NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES
A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for...more
What went wrong?
1. The villain is lame
Marko is the bad guy. In the last book, he destroyed the Earth and killed 15,000,000,000 human beings. In this book, he is the world's least competent military commander and basically just an insecure, loser ex-boyfriend. He doesn ...more
I am still loving the series and I still love this book in particular.
Civil War. Gotta love and hate it. Love it if we're not living IN IT. But overall... what a nightmare. Especially after what happened to the Earth. This is basically the end of the Solar System. Any kind of future we will have will be ELSEWHERE. :) As we soon see.
Otherwise, I think I said everything else I wanted to say in my previous review. :)
Reading this series is always like coming home to ...more
The series already played with many philosophical and moral issues by reflecting true historic events in new settings, but with this part, a new dimension of playing ethics seminar is coming.
If the mightier ones in fiction (Mars, Earth, protomolecule, parts of the OPA, Lovecraftian godlike aliens) are already looking back at a history of exploiting weaker groups by indirectl ...more
Let me start by saying, if you’re 6 books into an ongoing series like this, then I’m going to assume you’re in it for the long haul, and I think you’ll enjoy the hell out of this one too.
James S.A. Corey (Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham) refer to their Expanse series as 3 duologies and a trilogy (forthcoming books 7, 8, and 9) to cap it all off. Leviathan Wakes/Caliban’s War tell a fairly contained story about the protomolecule in the style of noir and political thriller res ...more
This is the kind of cheery thought one is apt to have when facing a narcissistic megalomaniac who has gained power by convincing some people that all their problems can be blamed on other groups while setting humanity on a self-destructive path it may not be able to recover from.
Geez, I thought I read science-fiction to escape reality.
The Expanse series took an epic dark turn in the last one, and this book is ma ...more
Oh, that poor bear! I know millions dead, the earth dead and millions more will die slowly. The image of that bear sticks. I'm not sure there would be wilderness and wildlife in the world that overpopulated. Hey, why the news shows pictures of people's pets during a disaster. A cocker spaniel stuck the porch of a flooded home. Donations go up.
I'm enjoying this series, but I think they need to move forward. This is not the first round of the love triangle with Earth, Mars and the B ...more
The Expanse has become one of my favorite series in recent years, and it is no exaggeration to say that it has only gotten better with every new book. Of course, the one problem with this pattern is that it works much like gravity—what goes up must come down, after all. And yet, I say this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. In fact, I’d argue that after a major plot event, it’s important to dial things back a bit ...more
Audiobook: Jefferson Mays once again does a great job. He reads with good inflection, volume and pace. He does a few voices for the characters, including an excellent job with Avasarala. This is definitely a series I plan to continue in audio so long as he's the narrat ...more
I really liked all the books in this series up until now. Unfortunately, it has come to a grinding halt with this one. The things that made the series great are missing. Previously we had fast paced, almost breathless action. Frightening alien technology, and spooky detective Miller. Morally questionable leaders and political machinations worthy of game of thrones. Ethical dilemmas, mixed in with dramatic set piece battles and Bobbie in power armour beating the hell out of ...more
“Do we have a plan?” “A couple,” Jim said. “Either of them good?” “Oh, no. Not at all. Just different flavors of terrible.”
As many have commented, this instalment felt like a straight continuation of the previous book. Nothing wrong with that mind you. On the contrary, I very much enjoyed it :O)
The authors bring back characters from all the previous novels in this narration, some only for a chapter or two, but all offering important points of view of the mess that is the Solar system: Earth ...more
Earth has not only been attacked but almost destroyed by the so-called Free Navy in the last book and the humans of Earth are still trying to come to terms with that. It is the only habitable planet in the sys ...more
Oh where to begin?!
Back into the world of The Expanse. It is great to be back reading about our erstwhile crew again and I was interested in seeing how this story developed given that the protomolucule part of the plot was stalled. For me, this is a solid 4 stars but no where near the 5 stars that I come to expect from the series. I can't help feel that some of the writing now is tailoring toward making the tv show easier to portray. I few decisions on team dynamics are interesting and m ...more
First off this was a s ...more
Nothing lasts forever...
"...“We’re not people,” he said. “We’re the stories that people tell each other about us. Belters are crazy terrorists. Earthers are lazy gluttons. Martians are cogs in a great big machine.” “Men are fighters,” Naomi said, and then, her voice growing bleak. “Women are nurturing and sweet and they stay home with the kids. It’s always been like that. We always react to the stories about people, not who they really are.” “And look where it got us,” Holden sai ...more
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 4.25*
Book 4: 3.5*
Book 5: 4.5*
Book 6: 4*
A good follow up to the last book but the ending was rather abrupt and there wasn't the constant tension of Nemesis Games. Hopefully this be the start of something more prolonged and meaningful in other galaxies.
Avasarala is one of the best characters ever. I could read and entire perspective from her. I had the funny thought of her meeting some other classic characters like Glotka or Karsa Orlong and just how funny that would ...more
“No. But you can say that if you don’t do something different it’ll happen again, and again, and again, over and over until something changes the game.”
“Like the protomolecule?”
“It didn’t change anything,” Holden said. “Here we are, still doing all the same things we did before. We’ve got a bigger battleground. Some of the sides have shifted around. But it’s ...more
After the action from the previous book the situation in the Solar System is dire. Earth is in ruins, Mars is in trouble and the Belt is learning the hard way that the rule of the Free Navy led by Marco Inaros is rule by terrorists. Holden and his expanding crew are in the center of things as always and they're key parts of Avasarala's plans to hold things together. Along with Holden and his people we also get viewpoint c ...more
It's a bit slower than the previous instalments and essentially a three star read with a four star ending. In my opinion there were too many POV characters and not enough Avasarala. She's one of my favourite ch ...more
Too many POVs. A few of the new characters make for some great POVs, like Pa, but many, like the group of techs aboard Medina Station seem superfluous.
One chapter of narration by Amos?! We need more. On the plus side, there's some excellent Avasarala narration as she navigates some personal minefields and lays down some ass kicking wisdom.
At times I felt uncertain how much time had passed ...more
This rating is probably a bit misleading. Babylon's Ashes is a very solid entry in the series, but compared to the previous 5 books, my level of actual enjoyment was somewhat less. This felt like a book that tied up the storylines and moved characters into place rather than having it's own central story. That said, everything is now set up nicely for a new story direction to take off in book 7, Persepolis Rising.
Regardless of my thoughts on this particular book, The Expanse is a very w ...more
They weren’t killing people. In their heads? They were striking a blow for freedom or independence.
Humanity has won the race to the stars, but does it deserve to be there? At the end of book five in the Expanse series, that question would be answered in the negative: the galaxy would be better off without us, with our neverending civil wars, genocides and terrorist attacks. Out of the ashes of our shattered dreams, which way will we go? Revenge or Redemption?
A word of warning: This book should ...more
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