- Series: The Expanse (Book 7)
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316332836
- ISBN-13: 978-0316332835
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 406 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James S. A. Corey is the pen name of authors 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 have a hard time agreeing with others that claim this is one of the best novels in the series. Though it was interesting to see it tie events back to Book 4 (which suddenly makes what I previously felt was the weakest novel in the series more relevant), it seemed this volume was less engaging than its recent predecessors. By necessity, I suppose... it's setting up the new "future" timeline by investing in a lot of new details and characters that will drive the story home. As a result, we spend less time with the characters and team that have carried the tale until now. The story, action and continuing character development (with the exception of Bobbie and perhaps Amos) is scattered and a bit light.
It's the type of book that's needed to set up the bigger stuff that comes next. While an essential part of the story, it doesn't really hold up when compared individually to the other novels.
I must say, though, that there are a couple of cracks In the bulkhead that are starting to show up for me. Several times reading through this book, I felt like the authors’ pace had slowed down too far. It felt like there was filler I shouldn’t have to wade through ... like they were turning one book into two for the sake of sales. There was plenty of detailed painting of the flowers on the wall of the moment, and not the fast advance through the story that was the hallmark of the prior books.
Enough so that I am starting to tire of this journey. The wait for the plodding insurrection on Medina station to have a meaningful impact on moving the story was truly starting to drive me nuts, as was the inexorably slow wait for the space battle between the trade union and the invaders. I yearned for the quick moving machinations of Avasarala, who - both in, and like the book - has become long in the tooth.
The tragic character of the occupying governor on Medina station also weakened the story for me. The character was too obviously flawed and doomed from the beginning. It was painful, not in a good way, to have to process this as part of the story arc.
On the plus side, it was nice that the book makes us examine the moral dilemma posed by being subject to a benevolent dictatorship. It is an interesting idea to develop in the context of actual politics and governance on planet earth in the year 2018. Some of the best science fiction in history has served to highlight what it might mean to wield ultimate power without checks and balances. I hope the next book will rise to the challenge of greatness regarding this, and be a great commentary on the governance of the human situation.
Finally, I simply find myself wanting to see how the story is going to end. After the cliffhanger of an ending in this book, I’m sure I will read the next one. But I think it would be good if the next book were the last one in the series. How ever the crew, galaxy, universe, and the proto-monsters lurking in the dark abyss want to resolve the inevitable clash to come, I hope they do it in the next book.
As to book seven in particular, I found reading it more bittersweet than earlier volumes. Two of the plot choices upset me. I won't be specific, because I don't wish to spoil the book, but both made me sad, a foretaste of the greater sadness that came with reaching the end of the book, the end of the story so far.
Lest there be any doubt, I liked Perseopolis Rising very much, as I have liked the entire series.
It's set some decades after Book 6, so life has changed for James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante. There is even talk of retirement, gods forbid! Of course, before such normalcy can set in, the winds of fate blow hard from the Laconia gate and pick Holden, Naomi, Amos, Alex and all the rest and whirl them around yet another pivot point of history.
Unlike the other books, the Rocinante plays a minor part, and I felt like one of the cast had been left in the cold. Likewise with Chrisjen Avasarala, who is by now an old woman, though her grasp of politics is still as sharp as ever. But we have a replacement in Drummer, head of the Transport Union, a strong woman put in increasingly impossible situations as the novel progresses.
A lot of the action takes place on Medina and there is less of the 'expanse' aspect - the wide, wide, wide emptiness that is the solar system is referenced but it doesn't really play into the psyche of the plot as it has in previous books. In fact, the tone here is quite different, more introspective perhaps, or at least encompassing themes of age and the physical degradation that comes with it. The protomolecule is also kept in the background, even though it's ultimately the cause of all the angst.
There is a lot of new technology, though we don't see much of its workings so it is more a hint of things to come in Book 8, I'm assuming. And rest assured, there will be a Book 8. Holden is once again a major player, unwanted and unexpected, to be sure, and I'm keen to find out how he saves the universe once again.