A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets.
The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.
As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.
©2016 James S. A. Corey (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
I really enjoyed book 6. The plot is expansive and nail biting at times. The book is beautifully read by Jefferson Mays. Thank you for bringing him back again to read it.
Another great installment of the Expanse series. I've been waiting for it for a while now and enjoyed it thoroughly, but sad it's already over. just going to have to wait again now.
Since I discovered Audible I have become addicted. I like my fiction with a twist. I'm a fan of sci-fi and literary fantasy.
I love and adore this series. Not a committed fan of science fiction I have surprised myself by devouring all the books (Cibola Burns I had to read as opposed to listen to tho'). And this one absolutely delivers. I think what attracts me so much to these novels is character development and evolution and a really thoughtful and original plot, as well as a society which echoes political and socio-economic factions that are all around us, I can relate to these people. They might be fighting in spaceships miles above our heads, but they're waging the same sorts of wars. The intense humanness is what keeps me reading, and the great writing of course.
Of course, now that I've watched Season 1 of The Expanse their faces are fixed in my head as the tv characters, but mostly that's ok. Jefferson Mays he is the perfect narrator, every nuance, every tiny inflection comes through.
ps Audible - will you finance re-recording Cibola Burns with Jefferson Mays? Nothing against Erik Davies, it's just that his narration is not as suited to the series as JM, it spoils an otherwise brilliant run of books.
Having greatly enjoyed the Expanse series thus far, I looked forward with eager anticipation to this next instalment. We had been left with a mysterious cliff hanger relating to the way ships would disappear after passing through the new alien gateway and so everything was set to keep the momentum going.
It pains me to say but Babylon's Ashes falls far short of expectations and is the weakest book in the series by far. The sheer potential of over 1,300 new star systems left over from an ancient alien empire and instead we are plodding along with internal politics which are just plain dull. Now, I'm not one to pan any book because it spends time on the political struggle that was brewing between the inner planets and the Belters but to spend an entire book on this aspect was a mistake. I understand why Corey wanted to deal with this issue before perhaps moving on but it would have been much better handled as a sub plot to a far more compelling story featuring one or more of those myriad star systems yet to be explored.
It appears that in order to fill the required pages likely deemed necessary buy the publishers, Corey spends huge amounts of this book with the personal thoughts, musings and deep personal introspective of the characters. The story is padded out in this manner and the plot, such as it is, takes an absolute age to unfold. It's not really until chapter 25 that something interesting happens, then things sort of revert back to the naval gazing and lengthy prose describing such things as how a characters family take their breakfast or the philosophical musings of one character or another. Although "painting a picture" is what makes a good author, the detail Corey goes into here is just too much. We get to know why people think the way they do and are given overly detailed descriptions of mundane scenes that only serves to mire the pace of the narrative to a crawl where the reader has to fight to maintain interest or even care what's going on. This is a real shame as Corey is capable of so much better. Given how short the book is on content and excessively long on style makes for lots of pages that don't say very much or take a very long time to describe a simple concept. Reading this sort of reminded me of how a government report might read. Reports written by civil servants that manage to pour words into something and not say very much.
The thought occurred to me that perhaps Corey wasn't given the time he needed to come up with something good and being slaved to a publishing contract which demanded a book of a certain number of pages by a particular date succumbed to the pressures of said contract and penned something that was of the desired length and in order to do that had to fill the book somehow by having each main characters motivations, thoughts be incorporated into the narrative. Finally, things start to actually get interesting and the momentum is maintained from around the mid forties in chapter terms. This is sad as I think the story ends at chapter 51. There is an epilogue but it seems to be in the same vein as the rest of the book and has a lot of words but actually says very little and is just overly cerebral.
The Expanse series has massive potential as Corey has developed it to the point where now the scope of new worlds is just awesome and yet has wasted this in Babylon's Ashes. If Corey intended this as the breath to be taken before moving the pace up again for the next book then be warned that you just might fall asleep waiting for something to happen. I do like Corey's work but this book falls far short of what he is capable of I'm afraid to say.
This is an excellent example of form over function or style over content. In my opinion you could probably skip this book entirely and wait for the next to arrive, if there is one. Something about the way Corey wrote his last few words in that epilogue made me wonder if he has signed off on this series at least for a while.
Absolutely loved it! great continuation of the amazing serious, brilliantly performed. The story really makes you feel for the characters, you want things to go well. Here's hoping for a continuation!!
big fan of the early books, but this was terrible. most of the book was the characters explaining what they did or were going to do. please make the story the most important part and not how they talk to each other with out apologising if they say the wrong thing.
Possibly a good book of fiction but I hated it, no aliens, no mystery, no smart plot twists just some people chatting and doing some boring stuff... I was almost interested when it got to yeast derived from the proto molecule but nope... Nothing came of that... Gave up a few chapters before the end very disappointed!
These books are incredibly well written. It makes you part of the crew of the roci in a way few writers are able to.
"I just cant seem to finish this book"
I cant seem to finish this book. I have now read three books finished and I am only halfway through the book.
The story is not progressing fast enough. We where promised aliens and instead we must struggle through two books of human domestic conflicts.
This was really a big set back and very dissapointing.
"This time around the story just stalls"
There are plot holes and the way characters behave is really weird. Nobody appears to be really angry/hurt/traumatised about the attack on earth. That just doesn't make sense. The story went nowhere this time. It feels like the authors are stalling.
I was missing all the ingredients that make The Expanse a great series for me, like a good Holden story (he feels left out this time), great action writing (too sparse) and alien stuff/new worlds/new technologies/mysterie development.
The space battles where OK, Bobby was OK, the Prax and Vandercaust bits where good, but it fails to save the book for me.
He has a nice and consistent voice to listen to, but he's not my favourite. Some of the Belter slang is weird to listen to, it's supposed to sound foreign but the way Jefferson May pronounces them is weird. I didn't recognise the German or Dutch in it for instance. It must have been really hard to do, reading a boring story with characters speaking a self-invented language half of the time.
We got even more Marko this time (the blandest villain character ever), a meek Avasarala (!) and boring details about the struggles of Micio Pa. I would have cut a lot, if not most of it.
"Awesome! Just awesome!"
James S. A. Corey is back and better than ever. The authors are changing their narrative style a little by telling the story from every relevant angle making this a complex but very exciting story! Everything we love about the expanse and a little more.
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