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Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) Hardcover – December 5, 2017
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"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 (Starred Review) on Cibola Burn
"The Expanse series is the best space opera series running at full tilt right now, and Cibola Burn continues that streak of excellence."―io9
"Corey's splendid fourth Expanse novel blends adventure with uncommon decency."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) 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
"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
"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 authors 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 on Abaddon's Gate
About the Author
James S. A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy 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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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.
Persepolis Rising returns to the exciting and epic space opera writing fans saw in Nemesis Games. Duarte is the best type of villain as he truly believes that he has the right to dictate to humankind how they will live in the future, since he is promising them a better life. The reality is that it appears as if Duarte is the truly rarest of beasts: a benevolent dictator. His policies, which govern Laconian society, hold each person, including himself, responsible for their actions. However, he suffers from the same “illness” which has plagued humankind since the discovery of the Protomolecule (and all of history for that matter): hubris. It is always instructive to remember that when gods fight, mortals die. The gods in this case will be the alien artifact and Winston Duarte. One can only hope that by the end of the series, humanity will survive. It is going to be very difficult to wait for the last two books as this novel feels more like Part 1 of a trilogy than a continuation of the Expanse series. Persepolis Rising is a reminder of why The Expanse is such a brilliant and popular series. I want the 8th and 9th books now! I don’t want to wait!