Like most fiction of this genre, it’s better because it switches back and forth between the life on the alien world and what is going on “back home.”
I’m looking forward to reading the continuing next part.
A short novella in The Expanse Series. I’ve been carefully doling these out to myself like a kid trying to make his Halloween candy stretch out to Christmas (the next book).
Short, mildly interesting, scientists and military trying to scratch out a new world on a new world in the RING, but very little related to everything else we’ve seen so far…perhaps a prelude of future things to come?
hmmm….the least readable of Corey’s Expanse series. This one, a novella, 5.5 in the series, covers the incarceration of the team responsible for the protomolecule.
Despite the usual quality writing, if I hadn’t been deep into the series, I would have found it of little to no interest as a stand alone.
While the Rocinante is undergoing a re-fit, the crew all goes off individually and we get to see them when they’re not part of their whole. Interesting, but even more satisfying when they all get back together again.
More individual back stories satisfyingly being filled in, even if the whole Free Navy success timeline is patently absurd.
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.
“FINALLY” some background on what actual life and the people on Mars are like. Sadly needed. We also get to see “Gunny” Bobbi Draper’s shaming for saving the world.
Solid back story of how Amos came to be the man he is, along with how he came to be hiding out in the “expanse.” Solid, but i was hoping for a bit more wordspace and time to develop it a bit further, not just a novella.
Book 2 is just as good as the first.
My only regret is that I didn’t read the books before the TV series [The Expanse], which is also very, very good.
James SA Corey is the nom de plume of two writers, one of whom is George RR Martin’s assistant. It’s set in the near future, as man starts to populate and mine the other planets and asteroids in our solar system, resulting in the fractioning and division of the human race.
SF The writing is sharp and fresh, the characters compelling. I’d like the book even more if it were as good as the amazing TV series based on the books. I don’t often get to say that.
Martin is known for his sweeping cast of characters and extravagant plots. Here, he just writes well. Wish he did that more