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Persepolis Rising

(The Expanse #7)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  16,493 Ratings  ·  1,268 Reviews
In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and
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ebook, 608 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Orbit Books
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Kevin Kelsey
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, _library
"Your empire's hands look a lot cleaner when you get to dictate where history begins, and what parts of it count."

This one changes things. I assumed that the pace was going to quicken, since Persepolis Rising is moving us into the final three Expanse novels, but I am in awe at how much this book moved the series forward from where we left off in Babylon’s Ashes. We are definitely moving toward the end of the long story arc with this one.

As far as the story goes: The only constant is change, and
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Bradley
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think I like this more than most of the other Expanse books, and that's saying a lot. I actually loved them all.

That being said, OMG I can't believe all the changes we get thrown into! The whole team is together, all my favorite (living) characters from the other books together on the Rosie, but it's simply wild to see how much time has passed. Jim and Naomi are talking retirement for void's-sake.

Let me be very clear, though, when I started reading this I thought to myself, "Is this the final
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Kemper
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi, expanse
Once you get seven books deep into a series it gets really tricky to review because you can’t talk about even the basic story set-up without spoiling stuff for anyone who hasn’t read the previous books. Since I’m really trying to encourage any sci-fi fan to check out The Expanse I don’t want to just spoiler tag the whole thing either. So how to discuss in a way that won’t ruin it for the newbs yet still be an informative review?

Weep for me, people of Goodreads!

Here’s what I can safely say to eve
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Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit that I went into Persepolis Rising thinking that this was the last book in The Expanse series. I continued to think that way until about 2/3’s of the way through, when I realized that there was still too much plot to effectively be resolved in the remaining pages. Ultimately it made the majority of the book bittersweet for me, as I truly thought this was the last adventure I’d have with the Rocinante and her crew. Thankfully we have two more books to go…though that just means I have more ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/12/19/...

What do you do when your epic space opera series is seven books in, you’ve already put your readers through some of the most intense storylines they can imagine, and now you need to do something even bigger and better to usher it into the next phase with style? Well, you hit the “soft reset” button, so to speak. Not exactly starting things over, but there is certainly a sense we’re getting a new beginning of sorts in Perse
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
The only thing I hated about Persepolis Rising is how long it’s going to make me wait for the next book.

I always come away from an Expanse novel reeling. Sometimes from massive events, but often just from the profound depth of character. This series continues to illustrate what it is to be human and I can’t help feeling deeply affected by the sentiment within each novel. A short interaction between two characters in this book (maybe 3 pages worth?) had the power to become one of the most memorab
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Margret
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy shite that was good. SO GOOD
Gary
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thirty years after defeating the Free Navy and negotiating and end to the various conflicts between the belters and the inner planets, the crew of the Roci is still doing work for hire for the organization that spawned from the ashes of the OPA. Hovering at retirement age, Jim and Naomi agree to sell the ship to Bobby so they can enjoy their golden years together, just in time for the known universe to go sideways and shit all over their plans. Yes, the one loose end from Babylon’s Ashes comes b ...more
Veronique
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, stars-4-0
“Because we’re human, and humans are mean, independent monkeys that reached their greatness by killing every other species of hominid that looked at us funny.”

It took me a while to get into this new instalment of the Expanse (mostly real life rearing its ugly head) but once the narrative got going, I was hooked! :O)

As we’re grown accustomed to, the narration is divided between several narrators, each providing an important point of view, with the one constant being Holden. However, and this is
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Mike
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is tough enough to write a series to a seventh book let alone writing a good seventh book. And after the amazing climax of Babylon's Ashes I really had no idea where the duo of James S.A. Corey would take the story.

Turns out they decided to boldly go thirty years into the future, which is a pretty gutsy move in my book. On the one hand this choice allowed the colonization effort to be greatly advanced, the rogue Martian fleet to develop their own society, and for new institutions to grow in t
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prcardi
Storyline: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 1/5

Corey gambled. Given the popularity of the series and the television adaptation, I hadn't expected them to take any risks. Granted, it was nothing radical, but starting with the whole "x years later" segue has tradeoffs. The obvious danger is that you skip over intervening years and developments fans have anticipated. The upside is that you can do some pretty neat tricks with character development and reveals. There are some dazzling optio
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Rob
Executive Summary: After a slow start it finished really strong but wasn't quite as enjoyable as the last two were for me. 4.5 Stars.

Audiobook: Jefferson Mays once again does a good job. He does a few voices, but mostly he's just a solid narrator who is easy to understand and reads with good volume and inflection.

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Well I had no idea there was going to be a 30 year time jump. I was initially upset about it, but as the book went on I see why they did it. In order to tell the story they
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Efka
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
There's not much to say about this book, really. It's number 7 in the series, and by this moment most (everyone, actually?) of the readers already know what to expect and who's who and all those twists and little secrets that makes the plot tick and so on and on and on.

So, yeah, Persepolis Rising kept the all the best traits of the series, with all the familiar faces and all the familiar surroundings... Just fast-forwarded some thirty years, added some silver on guys' temples - unless they're A
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Tudor Ciocarlie
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-my-best-of
Others have said it and I will say it: Persepolis Rising is the best book of the series. But for me is also the best novel that I’ve read in 2017. The level of writing craftsmanship that this book radiates is incredible. From the prologue to the epilogue, every chapter is a perfect roller-coaster with a length of exactly 22 minutes (in the audiobook format). Every word, every sentence have their place, but the construction has nothing artificial about it and the writers are using it to portrait ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: expanse, sci-fi
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 4.25*
Book 4: 3.5*
Book 5: 4.5*
Book 6: 4*
Book 7: 4.5*

If not for a really slow start where I was wondering if this series had finally run its course this may have been the best in the series. Years in the future our protagonists have all aged and the Protomolecule is back and more dangerous than ever as humanity tries to tame the usual and potentially fatal.

I loved that there wasn't closure at the end of this one. The crew of the Roci not quite intact. Avasarala and t
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Daniel
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kada god čovek pomisli da je skapirao kako će se dalje razvijati ovaj serijal gospoda pisci skrenu naglio ulevo u nešto sasvim drugačije. Samim tim knjiga je neizvesnija i mnogo zabavnija.

Likove koje volimo su još tu, ali vreme je učinilo svoje tako da je svako opet drugačiji, barem malo. Proča nas baca van koloseka u početku, posle čega se polako naviknemo na novu putanju sem što pred kraj opet dobijamo naglu promenu prvac tako da kraj bude opet nešto neočekivano. Što je pozitivno.

Jedina stvar
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William
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. (expletive)! Ten-stars. The best of the series.

What a fabulous book. Powerful, spare, poignant, full of hard sci-fi at a blistering pace. More than any other Expanse book, the authors here investigate deep and dangerous human motivations, and the nature of the Roci as a family after almost 40 years together (first book occurs 2350 AD, this book about 2388 AD). The book also delves deeper than any previous book into the human attraction to demagogues.



As usual with my reviews, please first r
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Kate
Flippin' marvellous and, as usual with this fantastic series, different from the others.

Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
Spoiler Free Video Review: https://youtu.be/KJ-tnoyG0sI
Discussion Video: https://youtu.be/QsQ-HxkH8Lc

The Expanse is space opera at it's best and Persepolis Rising is the latest installment in this fantastic science fiction series. This book contains all the aspects that fans have come to love. From the return of beloved characters to the ever-growing world-building, this sequel delivers it all.

After a year away from the series, it was so easy to fall back into this engrossing story. Ret
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MadProfessah
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, favorites
Persepolis Rising is the 7th book in The Expanse series written by James S.A. Corey. The series has been adapted into a high-quality television series that airs on SyFy, but unlike other well-known speculative fiction adaptations (like Game of Thrones and American Gods) I think that in the case of The Expanse the book version is better than the filmed version. This is primarily because the books are written in such a fast-paced, action-packed, visually stimulating way that reading them is basica ...more
Ashley
A fun thing to do with this series is to predict the way the story will go based on the piece of mythology, history or religion featured in each title. Another fun thing to do is realize how wrong you were in your predictions, after the book has had its way with you.

It’s still fun afterwards, though. I bet the authors have a grand ole time coming up with these titles.

Some spoilies below, so if you want to go in blind, maybe don’t finish this review.

Persepolis was the capital city of the first Pe
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Nadine
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing


If you haven’t read The Expanse novels before reading this review, STOP. What are you doing? Go read the other novels because you will NOT be disappointed. The Expanse is a space opera full of political intrigue, action, well-developed characters, and world building like you wouldn’t believe.



Persepolis Rising is the seventh book in The Expanse series and is a game changer. A significant amount of time has passed between the previous novel, Babylon’s Ashes, and Persepolis Rising. Our favourite c
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Silvana
When I read the previous six novels in the series, it only took less than three days for each. They were, mostly, page-turning, full-action, high-emotion, roller coaster rides.

Persepolis Rising is different. It is more somber, thoughtful. The kickass actions, tight plotting and twist-and-turns are still there, don't you worry, but they are not what define the book, even the series anymore. The world (space, slow zone, what-have-you) has changed, the characters have changed, there is a distinct
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Olivia
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
With Persepolis Rising, The Expanse performs a thirty year time jump into the future, revealing new ideas, new plot points and an interesting world building development.

Sadly, I wasn't enamoured with the first half or so, but the story picks up towards the end becomes incredibly tense, fast-paced and interesting. I would have wished for more character development, since most characters felt the same as they did in the last book, despite having aged thirty years.

It's still a good read, and I thin
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Suzanne
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up because I really love this series. About 30 years have passed since the end of the last book. That made me sad because I feel like I missed out on a good portion of the lives of some of my favorite characters. Story-wise it made sense, but still....

It is quite difficult to talk about the book without feeling like I'm giving spoilers of past books! The Expanse universe keeps getting bigger and more interesting, and things have progressed logically in the 30 years (sniff) sinc
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Robyn
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The duo behind James S.A. Corey is back at full steam with this one! My first reaction to finding out we were something like thirty years in the now was one big NOOOOOCHANGEBADCHANGEBAD, but once through the first few chapters, all was ok. The Laconians have come back with some really strange new technology, the team is assembled at Medina, and the resistance .... resists. Excellent - ready for the next!
Roy
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still holds your attention even with the time jump. Im jealous of the people beginning this series
Lindsay
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's thirty years since the events of Abaddon's Gate and somewhere around fifteen or twenty since Babylon's Ashes. The future that Avasarala had predicted at the end of that book has come to pass and the Rocciante, though now an aging relic, still has a role to play. But in the recovering future with humanity spread out to the stars, the inner system recovering strongly and the Belters as a key part of everything, everyone seems to have forgotten about Duarte and the breakaway Laconia colony. Bu ...more
Emily
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-own-it, sci-fi
I think this is my favorite of the series so far. When I realized it was a 30 year time jump forward, I thought I would hate it (I didn't want to read about old Holden and crew), but it was necessary to the story (and everyone is still bad ass). Finally big things start to happen! I read Cibola Burn 3-4 years ago, so I didn't remember much about the events of that book, but I did remember that it left a lot of unanswered questions that were never touched on again.... until this book. With just 2 ...more
Peter Tillman
James fucking Holden decides to hang it up. Then the Emperor of Laconia jumps in with both feet

5-stars, the best of the series. What they've been building up to: weird alien science, exploding spaceships! , a new evil Galactic Overlord -- along with all the other trademark touches of The Expanse, a few years on. The characters are older, grayer, tireder -- but not dead yet! Actually, this would be a good place to start reading the Expanse books, if you haven't already, as it skims over the unple
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