Still my favourite sci-fi series, with quality in plotting, characterization, and choice and arrangement of words throughout.
This one is a bit of a placeholder between what you can see are two parts of the series, moving from our solar system (the books up to this point) out past the Gate (what is to come). In fact, the final couple of chapters have little to do with the rest of the book, just setting up what is coming next, and thus felt a little forced (but necessary).
More damn fine pie.
The first “Expanse” novel I’ve read without watching the corresponding TV episodes first.
I like the series best either when it goes wide, wide angle (exploring the big picture of man’s tentative first steps into space) or turns that focus wheel down tight to the close angle view of naked apes clubbing each other to death despite all their advances.
Cibola Burn offers both views, but focuses mainly on the middle exposures, which I didn’t find as compelling. Still very good though.
I may be in love with Elvi. Unrequited, I’m sure.