The Vital Abyss
From New York Times bestselling author James S. A. Corey . . .
Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.
The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.
The chronology of this one is all over the place. As always, I recommend reading The Expanse in order of publication, but this especially shouldn't be read any earlier than Abaddon's Gate as it would spoil some major events in that book. ...more
The Sci Fi television channel has recently begun airing season 2 ,consisting of 13 installments (January/February 2016), season 1 ...more
He really was f***ed over. Repeatedly. I almost agree with his decision to cut his empathy centers out of his head. :)
Word of the Day: Astounding
As in the title of the classic pulp magazine that has set so many kids dreaming about the stars. The tradition is carried forward by the creative team behind the pen name James S A Corey with one of the best contemporary space operas. The present title is one of the novellas that fill in some of the gaps left in the main storyline. Since I am not reading these shorts in the correct order, I should put a warning here to readers who want to avoid spoilers:
It’s better ...more
The first of anything in The Expanse universe to be in first person POV, this novella opens with a man and his fellow prisoners, who are being kept in a locked room somewhere in the solar system, and they are kept there for years. It slowly trickles out as to why they're there, who they are, and who our main character is in particular. It's a dark character study, and it gives us insight into a pivotal moment in the history of the Expanse universe.
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Update: Really? I got 15 likes for this? You guys are going to feel pretty stupid when I do my actual review of this book and it's something along the lines of "Five stars! Unless compared to Twilight, in which case -10 stars."
UPDATE: The Review:
Just a reminder that the 'likes' received by this review were for the above statements.
I love James S.A. Corey and the universe they have c ...more
The Expanse is my favorite series so not loving one of the books (as I have with all of the other books, including the novellas) comes as a surprise. There are some important tidbits to fill in the overall picture, but The Vital Abyss is weighed down by a confusing storyline and not nearly enough action or suspense. Taking up 1/2 of an entire novella in just character building didn't do it for me. I also found the jumps between Poalo's past and ...more
Another one of the The Expanse short stories tie-ins gives us the scoop on another piece of the story that wasn’t explored in the main novels. This time out we learn about the research team that unleashed the protomolecule from one of the people involved. His backstory as one of the regular folks desperately trying to escape the level of Basic assistance on Earth gives us some more detail on another as ...more
The story centers around Paulo Cortazar, one of the scientist from Toth Station. It follows him from his childhood, showing what lead him to work for Anthony Dresden. ...more
The story starts with a group of people held by unknown (to them) captors, told from POV of one of the prisoners. Quite soon we find out that these are scientists from Protogen lab on Phoebe, who were captured during the assault ...more
This is a short story that reads more like a prequel instead of its actual placement in the series. In this one, we learn how a certain scientist becomes involved with the protomolecule and Eros project. I strongly suggest one needs to read at least the first book before this short story.
I have enthusiastically stated how much I love this series with my reviews and in person. Unfortunately, this one was a little bit of a letdown. The problem for me was the story and it ...more
This novella is an awesome dark character study on (view spoiler)[ one of the amoral sociopathic scientists from the Protogen Corporatio ...more
Towards the very end, I did realize the point of the story. Which is good, because up until then it had been kind of pointless. A young man dedicates his life to understanding the disease taking his mother from him: Huntington's. The saddest part of the disease, he tells a confidant during a flashback toward the end, is that she didn't realize what was happening to her.
Meanwhile, his own story is an identical arc: h ...more
The Vital Abyss is a sort of a prequel to the series, filling in some backstory. In the opening, we are introduced to the main character, who as a first person narrator describes being imprisoned in some station somewhere by Martians. We don't immediately know why he and his fellow sci ...more
It was a riveting read, and there were quite a number of delicious little details that connect threads to the series, as well as point in worrisome directions for the future.
I have to say that every short story addition to ...more
This book fills in another background, with another lesson in life, a cautionary tale of arrogance, megalomania, and what happens to bright people whose empathy and humility have been erased in pursuit of "a greater goal" and a "sense of destiny".
This should be read after Abbadon's Gate in the series, at least.
I wonder if the central character here will turn up again as The Expanse continues.
This is some of the backstory of how the protomolecule was first researched leading up to the 'experiment' on Eros. A good story and surprisingly the title has nothing to do with space. (Not going to say what it refers to as that would be a spoiler. Read it for yourself.)
This is best read after book 5 as the ending relates to some events mentioned in book 5 'Nemesis Games'.
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