Abaddon's Gate is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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The Exciting Third Volume of The Expanse
With Abbadon's Gate we have the continuation of the Expanse Series into new areas! Like in previous entries, we have the core characters of Captain Holden and his crew, but new and fascinating characters of many types are introduced and play significant roles in the story. I particularly liked Anna the Minister and Bull the hard shelled security chief.
The story starts off with the proto-molecule picking up and leaving Venus to travel to the outer solar system. Once there, it forms a large circular structure. The various factions of humanity, Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets determine this ring structure must be investigated. Of course, they can't trust each other so they must all send their own ships. Captain Holden and his crew get hired to go along. The fun really starts when they arrive!
There are some themes that run through this work. Making bad choices and having to suffer the consequences of those and those of others is one concept. More hopefully, there is the theme of regret and ultimately redemption. These take the story in unexpected and interesting directions
Right Up There!
This series has integrity both at the broad and intimate levels like, for example, the Ringworld series. My grateful and sincere compliments to the authors.
Good until about half way...
...after which characters start having incomprehensible behavioral changes and it just becomes a grind. Anna is impossibly forgiving and becomes a caricature whose existence is forced into the story line. Clarissa ceases to behave like a human at all and her presence is just jarring as a result - it is immediately apparent that this ridiculous and unbelievable change of behavior occurs only to keep her around for the denouement. Holden becomes inexplicably averse to violence against Ashford for no apparent reason at the exact moment that the fight against Ashford has helped plan is about to start, and then we get the telltale of bad writing in any genre - inner monologue from characters starts using the word "testosterone". Give this one a pass and rad something by Iain Banks instead.
By Bitter Arugula
A fitting end to an epic sci-fi series. Fans of The Expanse won't be disappointed.