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Cibola Burn (The Expanse) Hardcover – June 17, 2014
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"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"―George R.R. Martin on Leviathan Wakes
"The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire... only with fewer beheadings and way more spaceships."―NPR Books on Cibola Burn
"Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big SF ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera."―Library Journal on Cibola Burn (Starred Review)
"The Expanse is the best space opera series running at full tilt right now, and Cibola Burn continues that streak of excellence."―io9 on Cibola Burn
"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner.... Corey perfectly balances character development with action... series fans will find this installment the best yet."―Publishers Weekly on Abaddon's Gate
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."―Charles Stross on Leviathan Wakes
"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended."―Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate
"Literary space opera at its absolute best."―io9.com on Abaddon's Gate
"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."―Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate
"Riveting interplanetary thriller."―Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes
About the Author
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this series at www.the-expanse.com.
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I will chime in along with the rest of the reviews that this is definitely a filler novel. I don't mean that in a bad way. A good series needs some books that flesh out the characters and enhance the universe around them. I find that it can get boring when it's the same character running around as a one man army saving the day.
Don't get me wrong the main character James Holden and his crew are still much in evidence, but there was a few side characters that had more chapters than the crew because it was ultimately their story.
The story revolves around the first human colony on a planet outside our solar system reached through a set of wormholes created by an alien artifact. The two main characters are a settler trying to make a life after having been driven from their homes by a set of disasters and a scientist sent to study the first life that hasn't started on earth.
The struggle is between the settlers and the company that has been sent to study the new world. The great thing about the story are there are very few truly evil characters. While bad people help intensify the conflict most of the problems are caused by good people going with the flow or acting out of fear and misunderstanding. It gives a more fulfilling and sophisticated story than the standard good guys versus bad guys story.
While this story didn't greatly advance the main story line too much overall it did advance and it did enrich the universe that "The Expanse" is set in.