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Persepolis Rising

(The Expanse #7)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  47,927 ratings  ·  2,657 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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Published December 5th 2017 by Orbit Books
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Kevin Kelsey
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Posted at Heradas

"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 now nearing the end of the long Expanse arc that began with Leviathan Wakes in 2011, and it is th
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 stars

This was another good volume in The Expanse, but I must say that the series is starting to overstay its welcome to me.

“I actually read history. It’s like reading prophecy, you know.”

Persepolis Rising is the seventh book in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, and I’m glad to say that it signaled the beginning of the end of the series. Now that I’m seven books into the series, I think I will now a
Re-Read 12/5/18:

Since reading all these books in a row, I can now honestly compare all the books against each other without long waits in between. Conclusion?

Yeah, this latest one is definitely one of my favorites. All that buildup about protomolecules and what killed the alien civilization is finally coming to a head. The questions are asked seriously. And now we're getting big hints about things to come.

The extinction of the human race?

Possibly. :) But really, I just wanna see the Roci all de
Mario the lone bookwolf
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: corey-james-s-a
So some time has passed and a new setting has to be established and what is better for that than new colonies, a fragile peace between Mars, Earth and the belt, a new enemy rising and waiting in the background, and the general preparation for the big showdown of the series.

It´s always hard to avoid spoiling, so I will cherrypick colonizing, getting old in space in Sci-Fi in general, and the Lovecraftian old ones from this part.

Colonizing thousands of star systems doesn´t just significantly boos
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy shite that was good. SO GOOD
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Hannah Greendale
Calling time of death on The Expanse. This series is far too inconsistent.
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
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. (expletive)! Ten-stars! The best of the superb 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
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2018
“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’ve 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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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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
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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
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases
4.5 stars

I completely loved this. All the various POVs were an excellent choice, and painted a full picture of the Laconian invasion/occupation from all sides.

And so many twists and turns! I was surprised as often as I wasn't, and the level of tension made it an exhilarating read.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The events of this book take place roughly thirty years after the events of the Free Navy Conflict of the previous novel. While the trinity of stupidity that is the Mars-Belters-Earth troika manages to destroy itself and humanity along with it, a new power has been quietly rising.

Through the gates comes the Laconian Empire. Using advanced technology, fueled by the knowledge of the protomolecule, the Laconians bring a powerful warship into the system and begin the process of taking over the Sol s
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 th
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
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
Scott  Hitchcock
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, expanse
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
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything changed, and it went right on changing. A terrible thought when things were good, a comforting one now.

In this 7th installment of the series, a lot changes. First off, we have a time jump of almost 30 years from the last book. This means that the Roci as well as her crew have aged. However, this also enables us not to get bogged down with details but to actually see some development in human society throughout Sol. Earth still exists but it's more like a farm, providing food for p
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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Expanse takes a major turn with Persepolis Rising, and I found it not entirely satisfying. The jump ahead in time nearly 30 years at the outset came as a shock, though the same crew remains at the center of the action with only some changes on the periphery. Mainly I find myself disappointed that the story primarily continues to center on the infighting among humans. True, the sides have evolved and changed considerably, but I guess I was hoping for more alien and protomolecule secrets and t ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maybe not quite perfect, but close enough! Asks some big questions about the nature of history, governance and permanency in human institutions. I think the authors are (at this point) arguing for constant change in those areas, but the reassuring importance of interpersonal relationships on a smaller scale.
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
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017-read
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
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
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