- File Size: 580 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (September 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2012
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008CJ241O
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GODS OF RISK takes place on Mars when tensions are growing between it and Earth. Bobbie Draper is present in the story, but she is a peripheral character. The protagonist is David Draper, her nephew. He is caught between his future as a promising researcher and his part time job as a cooker for a local drug dealer. When his friend goes missing, David must confront the dangerous dealer and risk it all.
GODS OF RISK is a well crafted short story, but it doesn't really have any action sequences, it lacks some of the cool tech I've come to like in the Expanse series, and it doesn't propel the larger Expanse story forward. It's tangential, peripheral-it could have taken place on present day Earth, really. It's Expanse only in name. Even Bobbie Draper seems crammed into the story.
The best part of the novella is a sneak peek at ABADDON'S GATE. Buy this if you want the sneak peek or if you want to support James S.A. Corey. Otherwise, just wait for the next novel.
Gods of Risk is no exception. With a narrow focus touching barely on the larger narrative you get a feeling for what is happening on Mars in ways that the big strategic view of the prior books ignores.
Oftentimes these Novella expansions are underwhelming and short and are basically unrealized novels. This is NOT the case with Gods of Risk. It stands alone nicely, touches on the larger universe and doesn't have the ghost of an unrealized full-length work attached.
I'd love to see more of these small vignettes from different random characters in different places. Give us a Belter novella!!!
Great expansion to the series and I can't wait for Cibola Burn!
"Gods of Risk" is longer, and instead of a prequel, the novelette takes place in Mars after "Caliban's War", giving us insight into Bobby's family, the perceptions of her situation in Mars, as well as a view of how the Mars people view the events of the previous books, all through the point of view of Bobby's nephew, the 16 year old David Draper.
The story is well fleshed out, and without breaking David's point of view, we are fed a ton of detail and little hints and connections that hook to the previous material and makes us think of what is to come.
I enjoyed it throughly. The only bad thing? Although it's longer than "The Butcher of Anderson Station", one burns through it rather quickly.
That said, I sincerely hope the SA Corey team releases quite a few more short stories or novelettes in The Expanse universe before the third book is out, because I honestly can't wait.
If you enjoyed Leviathan Wakes you will probably enjoy this story as well. On a cents per page basis the story is probably pretty expensive. Still, it's cheaper than what is being charged for Steven King's short stories.