- File Size: 227 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (October 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2015
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015NRKNS8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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This novella fills in more pieces about how Protogen came to have the protomolecule, what led up to the infection of Eros and what happened to some of the people responsible.
This is a must read for anyone following the Expanse series. For those that have not, I highly recommend the series.
"We've gone too far." - "The Expanse" tag line
Five DISTURBING Stars. "The Vital Abyss" is yet another of the novellas about the universe of "The Expanse" series of novels, which includes the inhabited entities of Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt and more, written by the talented team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name of "James S. A. Corey". I watched Season 1 of "The Expanse" on the Syfy television channel and it is now going into Season 2 soon, and I chose to not be 'spoiled' by the novels. But some of the detail-laden backstory novellas were too tempting, like "The Butcher of Anderson Station" and this one which is ostensibly set prior to the events of the "Leviathan Wakes" novel. Those without knowledge of the Expanse world and characters may find this novella too loaded with unfamiliar detail unless they refer to the Expanse wiki reference guide.
At an initially undisclosed location, over 3 dozen specialists are held against their will, in unbelievable conditions, for unknown reasons. This is the dark, gut-wrenching story of Paolo and his fellow innocent associates whose status in the mind of the reader may evolve. The knowledgeable readers previous outlook on a major scientific discovery may also change. And more detail emerges on certain past events from the novels, novellas, and the TV show in the Expanse universe but from a different viewpoint. With this novella, a new protagonist has arrived in the Expanse storyline, Paolo, whose life gets an inordinate amount of backstory and who hopefully will reappear, especially to expand on what happens at the end of this novella. He makes an extended appearance in Season 2 of the TV version of "The Expanse". My copy of this novella also includes the first chapter from "The Lazarus War" by Jamie Sawyer. Highly Recommended. Five PUZZLING Stars. (Orbit Short Fiction. 73 pages. Text-to-speech and other special functions are enabled except Lending and X-Ray.)
Abyss is a nice "fill-in-some detail" novella for readers of The Expanse series. I would not recommend it to someone who does not know the series.
I am a big fan of the Expanse series, but two things struck me in this piece. First, the prose grabbed me in a number of places, which is not an aspect of the longer works that stands out in my mind. For example, the protagonist is remembering his dead mother: "a heart-shaped face above a pear-shaped body who rained love on me as if I were the only one in the world who mattered". At another time he gets access to a terminal for the first time in a long time: "I stroked it with my fingertips, feeling serene and untouchable. If church had felt half as good as this, I would have been a religious man." The second was that, although The Expanse tales certainly do not lack in violence in general, this story was especially horrific in its believable depiction of men deprived of their humanity, a depiction that was probably even more disturbing than graphic violence would have been.
I highly recommend this story to readers of The Expanse but not on a day when you are feeling blue.
Four stars is when you tell yourself : ”This is good, this is well-written, this is full of interesting ideas/characters/plot points”, but you know you will never read it again
Three stars is when you read it to the end, put it down and proceed to forget all about it in the next instant
Two stars when it's so bad that it makes you laugh and want to write a review, but you can't remember the name of the book so you don't.
One star when you can't read past chapter 3, even as penance for your sins.
Thus, this is a 3-star book. Fills in some history. On to the next book.
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But very good. The story has a lot of potential which can be unfurled in paralel story.
I haven’t read or watched THE EXPANSE yet, but I purchased some of the related novellas when they were on sale at Audible.Read more