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I am a big fan of this series and we are now following it on Netflix, it can't compare to the books but it is worth watching. Whilst reading this latest book in the series I had the impression something had changed. We are now used to a lengthy build up but unlike previous books it seemed the author(s) were a bit reluctant to get into the action and even then it was trimmed back. The whole expanse series is so well constructed and populated with so many interesting characters it is always enjoyable but this latest one does not deliver excitement in the way the previous books have, particularly the early ones. I noticed under 'Acknowledgements' there is now a host of people involved with the books and the TV series. I suspect this maybe the reason it has started to lose its edge. Perhaps it is now being pushed and pulled in different directions, almost written by committee rather than one or two authors. I was tempted to give it three stars to be honest. Let's hope we get back on track for the next one.
This is very much a personal opinion and I realise that I may be in a minority, but this book was really disappointing. I didn't enjoy reading a book where so much of the plot was spent exploring the problems faced by a single parent familiy bringing up a troubled adolescent. If I had wanted that, I'd have been better off watching a daytime TV soap or the Jeremy Kyle show. Yes, there were other threads to the storyline, but too often I was bored and impatiently waiting for the other story elements to develop. All this while a teenager contemplated his relationship with his father and absent mother. But I loved the previous books so now I face a dilema - should I bother to read next next book(s) in the series?
The Expanse series is one of the new breed of Space Opera sagas, building on the traditions of the genre while taking it in a new, modern direction. I've enjoyed pretty much all of the entries in the series so far but this one was a little less convincing than others, particularly the last entry in the series Nemesis Games. Babylon's Ashes ties up the story arc launched in that last novel but is a pretty slow-moving read with little action and a lot of wordage. The emphasis is definitely more on the characters than any kind of plot development or tension. As usual with the novels, the action is split between the varying viewpoints of the different characters with a definite feel of some characters being created just to pad things out (the novels have traditionally been quite lengthy, in this case 536 pages). Space captain James Holden and his crew - nominally the central protagonists - actually tend to be submerged in the mix until late on in the book when everything finally culminates in a set piece space battle. Basically everything in Babylon's Ashes could have been told in a far shorter book. And the duo behind the James S. A. Corey name seem to have abandoned all of the early series plot elements such as the mystery aliens who left behind the star gates and world-building Protomolecule. Whether they will ever return to the series seems up in the air for the moment. Anyway, while this didn't grip me much it isn't terrible. Quite where the authors go from here will no doubt be made clear in the next entry in the series.
To my mind the Expanse series is the best and most convincing science fiction series ever written. Other writers have shown the same level of technical knowledge, grand ideas and understanding of space travel. Where Expanse leaves every other sci-fi novel ever written behind is in its unbelievably believable characters. The characters in these novels, whether main or supporting, are human on every level and the two authors are not afraid to dig deep. Combined with a theme which is not based on everlasting intergalactic war (science fictions raison d'etre, it seems), makes the whole series a compelling read. I cannot pick out a weak novel of the series so far. What stands out most overall, perhaps, is that the banal struggle between good and evil is non-existing. The usual science fiction, child like black and white understanding of the world has, refreshingly, been shelved to make room for a universe of a millions shades of grey scales and full techni colours. This is realistic world where all protagonists have reasons for being who they are thus doing what they do - as well as being capable of change. A highly recommended read.
If you're reading the lot, read this one too, just as good. Only thing I didn't like was more and more use the "Belter's own language" which is a bit of a pain to read, not that there's a lot of it, just found that interrupted the flow, like when books have difficult names to pronounce, you end up making up your own name to make it easier to read
When the initial reviews of this book came out I seem to recall it was supposed to take place some 30 years after the events of the previous book.
That is clearly not the case, and the reviews now longer mention the passage of so much time. Clearly it was either an error in the reviews, or a misdirect by the authors. So if you read that, and wonder why it reads like about 3 weeks or months passed, that is because that seems to be about the right time frame.
Otherwise, for me it’s just as good as preceding volumes.
Amazon were faultless in getting the book to me - easy to pay, instant to deliver (to Kindle); and James S A Corey (both of him) have delivered what I'm slowly beginning to see as the *best* sci-fi I've read in a long time. There's a continuing story development, believable alien worlds, excitement, intrigue and some wham-bam space action to keep things interesting. And don't get me started on Avasarala - she's every elderly relative you've ever been scared of; but she keeps it professional and frequently funny. I've read every book in the series, and I'm waiting for the next!
After finding and seeing the tv series I decided this was so good I needed to read the books and hear the audio versions. I wasn't disappointed, lots of background info and the story/ characters are slightly different. The characters I love in the show are still great in the books...Holden is still a nieve idiot, Miller is still a cool detective, Christien still curses like a trooper. Bobbie and Amos are still badasses.
Begins quite well, continues with episodes of action, more guff about the characters, ends with a slight bang but peters out in an epilogue of hope - I think. It is all padded out with inner thoughts, explanations, plans and a bit of pseudoscience as if one person wrote the better parts and someone else the stodgy sections - the books are written by a partnership and it shows more in this book.
Wheels spin on this for a lot of the book. Conversations ,relationships, siblings problems, angst grown up or teenage obviously a studied topic of the author . For me it ruins the pace of the book. A few spurts but doesn't really get going till a!ong way into the book. Good story in their with good threads from the protagonists but for me bumbles along just holding my attention and not becoming a can't put it down read. The ins and outs of every day life will appeal to some as it is well observed and written but not enough pace in it for me.