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For those not familiar with the name, James S.A. Corey is pen name used by the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The Expanse is a series of books that read much like what one would expect a Hollywood Summer blockbuster to look like in text form.
In this latest entry, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante return once again to save the universe from alien threats and save the various strains of humanity from themselves. However, the crew spends most of the novel working independently to accomplish this.
The Laconian Empire revealed in the previous book, Persepolis Rising, remains in control of most of humanity’s worlds. James Holden remains prisoner and honored guest of the Laconian Empire. The rest of the crew are operating in different capacities as part of the underground resistance that has arisen to meet the authoritarian Laconians.
In typical Corey storytelling style, there are twists and turns along the way. Old characters return and some of those don’t make through to the end. New characters emerge and some of those don’t survive the book. Escapes and battles carry the reader through the book at speeds just shy of the speed of light.
However, Holden and the crew of the Roci don’t directly participate in one of the more interesting subplots of this novel, which instead follows the return of some characters last seen in Cibola Burn.
If you’re a fan of The Expanse book series, The Expanse tv series, or high-speed scifi stories, this book is a must read. If you haven’t been reading the series, start now and catch up quick before the book series ending volume 9 arrives later this year or early next year.
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