07 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3) by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3) by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series.

For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to 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 artifact. 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.

Number three in this wonderful Expanse series doesn't disappoint, just like the preceding two books. The same central characters remain, being the crew of the ship Rocinante and key members of the Outer Planets Alliance, and their journey to the outer reaches of our solar system to investigate the mysterious alien protomolecule construct is fraught with adventure. Typically good writing from the authors keeps things moving along fantastically and the action is as you would expect. It's very good. A small gripe is that I felt final battle for control of the Behemoth went on a bit too long and was kind of anticlimactic. The overall Expanse story is getting really interesting and it looks like we're finally going to go interstellar which is why I'm very keen to get into the next book.

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