- Series: The Expanse (Book 4)
- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316334685
- ISBN-13: 978-0316334686
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 826 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book pushes settlers (originally from Ganymede) out through the Ring into a brand new universe. They're willing to settle on an entirely unknown planet. Things must've been really really, really bad where they came from (which is true if you've read the earlier books).
In each of the books, you have the UN/Mars/OPA, a corporation (Protogen in the early books, Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile next, and Royal Charter Energy ("RCE") in the current book), the inhabitants of a moon (or settlers) and the crew of the Rocinante.
RCE has the "charter", a governor, and a shipful of scientists and supplies bound for the planet the settlers call "Ilus" and RCE calls "Bering Survey Four" or "New Terra" or "24771912-F23" and it was "sitting smack dab in the middle of the Goldilocks Zone" (every planetary system has to have one of these).
RCE must've never watched any Sci-Fi on TV because the organization of the captain, crew, and passengers has an entirely sovereign security group led by moderately cloaked psychopath. What could go wrong?
The scientists are smart, funny, and plausible (not that I'm a scientist).
Amos in the book seems bigger and balder than the actor playing him in the TV series (but Wes Chatham is permanently Amos in my head now). Amos suggested taking some supplies with them on a reconnoiter and Holden said no. "Later," Amos said, "when you're wishing we had this stuff, I am going to be merciless in my mockery. And then we'll die."
Bobbie Draper is mentioned in the Prologue and then in the Epilogue. This is just a tease for the next book. Okay, so I'm looking forward to the next book.
"One hundred and thirteen times a second..." What's the significance of this frequency? Just another tease like mentioning Bobbie Draper at the beginning and end of the book?
It was nice to see a return of Havelock, the Earther cop who worked with Miller back for Star Helix Security on Ceres and he has a moderately heroic role.
The Martians have a spaceship named after astronaut Sally Ride.
This book (the Kindle version) occasionally missing opening double quotes through out. Not consistently, just enough to pop the needle out of the vinyl groove about once a chapter. Too often.
"""Dear Audible Listener, We are contacting you because you have reviewed the title “Cibola Burn” by James S. A. Coery (sic). The original recording has now been replaced with a new performance by Jefferson Mays. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording."""
I downloaded the new narration and rejoiced in the sweet tones and characterizations we have all come to enjoy from Jefferson Mays. I almost cried. Although I am 2/3 of the way through the book, I am happy to listen to the rest via audio now because of this.
OLD REVIEW CONCERNING PREVIOUS NARRATION:
This review pertains to (mostly) the audio narration which is the worst audio narration I've listened to for any book in my life. I'm about 30% through this book at this point. The first three books have great audio narration and I was really looking forward to listening to this one. Where and why Amazon/Audible decided to hire this brainless and belligerent narrator is beyond me. Firstly, the narrator obviously hadn't listened to the previous narrator's reads of the previous books to provide any sense of continuity. Secondly, this narrator tries to 'act' the characters and does a really poor job. Unfortunately, he reads this book like it is a dime store Western/Romance novel. All the men have western cowboyish accents and all the women are read as either breathy or breathless voices. It is beyond distracting. And, even worse, this new dumb narrator's acting interpretation of Christian Avasarala is a out of breath woman on the verge of hysterics rather than the appropriate biting cynical political genius with an Indian accent. Those characters he deems not of the cowboy or helpless woman type of voice he gives either a super poor australian accent or some mixture of transylvanian/slavic (seriously sounds like a bad Dracula voice for someone with a middle eastern name). Even more unfortunate is that he has decided to provide an American Indian accent to the ghostly character of Miller. WTH!!!
So, if you enjoy cheap western novels and want a book of the expanse series read to you in this way, you will have no problem with this book. If you've listened to the narration from the previous books and expect the same 'feel' of narration, skip it for this one. You'll go stark raving mad. There is hope however, for the subsequent novel narration as it reverts back to the first narrator. From wiki: This narrator's name is Erik Davies (you should be fired) and is only for Cibola Burn and the novellas Gods of Risk and The Churn. All the others are the narrator Jefferson Mays.
Dear Amazon/Audible: If you switch narrators in a series, your quality control (I'm sure you have none) needs to require that the new narrator provide narration continuity. I wish I could get my money back for the audio purchase of this book. Please hire Jefferson Mays to record narration for Cibola Burn, Gods of Risk, and The Churn to replace the TERRIBLE narration of Erik Davies. Erik Davies should only be hired to record narration for awful cheap dime store Western novels. If the authors are reading this and have any pull, ask Amazon/Audible to fix this. You almost lost me as a reader.
As far as the novel goes, it is a slow starter and more boring and world building type of novel than the first three. So go into it with that in mind. Maybe by the end something cool will happen but I'm not there yet.
I got pulled into reading/listening to the novels by watching the TV series. Has been totally worth my time until I encountered this exceptionally poor narration.
I thought it had sounded bad because the summary sounded like it was all about a big evil corporation exploiting some poor righteous colonists and my trope detector was going off. Seriously, I didn't want to read some preachy nonsense, the big evil corporation is a caricature that almost never exists in reality and I'm just sort of tired of that plotline, it has been done literally to death.
I'm happy to say this book has very little of that. There are a few bad guys, on both sides, when they're bad, they're bad, and they're also one dimensional and that is the only knock on this book. Otherwise it is a very smartly written treatise on all the things that can go wrong when you're trying to survive on another planet. A more fantastical version of The Martian if you will. It was probably my favorite of the series so far. It felt very real, characters making good decisions or acting with good intention didn't always end up with good results, both sides of the conflict were victims, both sides were instigators. It was complicated, like real life.
I had just come off reading the Marko Kloos books and the quality of the prose in these books really just underscored how poorly written the Kloos ones are. It was just firing on all cylinders.