Tag: Author: James S.A. Corey


Review: Abaddon’s Gate

Posted 24 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3)
By: James S.A. Corey
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Firstly, I love how consistently awesome the book covers have been for this series. Very pretty and appealing and obviously sci-fi. Anyways, I was pretty psyched to pick up this novel when it came out in June; I had enjoyed the first novel, Leviathan Wakes (review), and getting this third novel was a prompt to get around to Caliban’s War (review). So here I am, at the third novel of this series (and more or less at the end of the first arc of the story, if I read it correctly somewhere). Contains some minor spoilers if you have not read the previous novels in the series!

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Review: Caliban’s War

Posted 18 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2)
By: James S.A. Corey
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

We are not alone.

The alien protomolecule is clear evidence of an intelligence beyond human reckoning. No one knows what exactly is being built on Venus, but whatever it is, it is vast, powerful, and terrifying.

When a creature of unknown origin and seemingly impossible physiology attacks soldiers on Ganymede, the fragile balance of power in the Solar System shatters. Now, the race is on to discover if the protomolecule has escaped Venus, or if someone is building an army of super-soldiers.

Jim Holden is the center of it all. In spite of everything, he’s still the best man for the job to find out what happened on Ganymede. Either way, the protomolecule is loose and Holden must find a way to stop it before war engulfs the entire system.

I’ve read and re-read the first book in the Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes (review) but for some reason took my sweet time picking up this novel. I’m not entirely sure why it took me forever to pick it up but with the third book, Abaddon’s Gates, published last month, I decided it was time to read this book. I’m sort of in the middle of the end-of-semester blitz of presentations and deadlines for the two publications I write for and this book was perfect for a bit off unwinding entertainment.

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Review: Leviathan Wakes

Posted 29 July, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Leviathan Wakes
By: James S.A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

I actually read this novel last year but never got around to writing a review post because I was working on my thesis at the time. With the release of Caliban’s War, the second installment in The Expanse series, I decided that it was time for a re-read. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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