An action-packed novella from New York Times bestselling science fiction author James S. A. Corey, set in the world of his Hugo-nominated Expanse series - now a major TV series
Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien world
“There are things I didn’t see before... ...there are other things here.”
Holy shit. This changes things.
I love that we get these short stories and novellas between the main Expanse novels. If the novels are considered big, pulpy action movies with great characters, then the short stories and novellas in The Expanse are tightly focused character pieces, in smaller stories. But this, this is something special in addition to all that. It stands incredibly well on its own as ...more
All said, this short novella, perhaps novelette, paves the road for the strange, strange universe to come. :)
Not too bad. Slow because it *IS* a ghost story, but good for all that. :) Woof! Or, I should say, *chitter*
We're on one of the planets the rings have opened up to and are following a family - the parents being two scientists. One of their children was born slightly before they came here, the other on the planet even. They were supposed to live on said planet for 5 years but then the events from book 6 happen and they are stranded.
Naturally, the flora and fauna are quite d ...more
The story is set on Laconia, the colony that the renegade Martian Admiral Duarte has established as his power-base with the Sol system in chaos (see Babylon's Ashes). For a protagonist we have Cara, the ten year-old daughter of scientist colonists that predate the coming of Duarte and his soldiers. The "stick-moons", orbital military platforms that appear to ...more
For almost all of this novella (it's around 80 pages, I think, but not sure because I read it on my phone) ...more
Presented through the eyes of a child, the seemingly safe and familiar world shifts. A sequel or series would be nice based on this world.
Short but bitter-sweet.
By 50%, The authors had done a good job of world building and enough had happened to have me looking forward to the second half of the book.
What was the purpose of the "stick moons"?
Who created the dogs?
How was the proto molecule involved?
These questions and more - not answered.
One page later, the book came to an abrupt end and was bookended by a "preview chapter" for some other science fiction novel.
I've enjoyed the expanse novellas to date, but this one was utter shit. ...more
Take Stephen Kings Pet Cemetery stick it on a planet with weird Fauna and Flora, have a character from the main Expanse series make a cameo to glue it together with the main series and call it a Novella.
The only upside of this story is if you enjoy the writing of the geniuses that James S A ...more
That said, it's pretty clearly setti ...more
Whatever I wanted to say aabout this novella, considering its weight and characterisation, Kevin had already said in his review here:
I'm positively stunned.
Makes me wonder if any of this will play out in the main storyline.
Of all the Expanse novellas, this would have to be the most underwhelming. It's a solid start, and the usually great world-building introduces us to Laconia, but its too short. I doubt this tale will be resolved in book 7 Persepolis Rising. It's an obvious set-up that Laconia will be a major setting in the next book and well done there..
.. but this story needed an ending. :(
One of the aspects that I love about this series is that we get different bo ...more
I love this series, so I was excited for a new novella. I pre-ordered it without even checking to see what it was about. The novellas often give a little more info about characters or situations going on elsewhere in the series. They're really good for that.
This novella takes place on one of the settlements beyond the gates. The colony has been established for about 10 or 11 years, and is doing pretty well. They don't have contact with earth now, and that's a concern ...more
When we last left the universe of The Expanse, the good guys appeared to have won, except for the ship the rebels had sent into one of the gates. It was implied (or maybe outright stated, I can't remember) that they were working on tech related to the protomolecule to use as a weapon for the rebels. Or maybe they were pretending to do so because there's no honor among thieves.
This story only tangentially relates to ...more
(Side note: if you like alien dogs on alien planets, may I suggest An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner? Good stuff).
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