The biggest science fiction series of the decade comes to an incredible conclusion in the ninth and final novel in James S.A. Corey’s Hugo-award winning space opera that inspired the Prime Original series.
“An all-time genre classic.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Hugo Award Winner for Best Series
The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again.
In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.
As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win.
But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.
"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." —George R. R. Martin
The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Vital Abyss
The Sins of Our Fathers
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the stunning final installment of the Expanse science fiction saga, the long war is coming to an end, but the struggle to save humanity has just begun. Underground fighters have struck a fatal blow against the interplanetary empire ruled by the ruthless Winston Duarte, bringing countless planets closer to freedom. But the falling regime still has some teeth, and a different and almost incomprehensible foe has emerged, threatening to wipe out loyalists and rebels alike. In the epic conclusion to James S. A. Corey’s Hugo Award–winning series, the tension and action are explosive, with massive battles, intergalactic politics, and a scientific mission racing against time to understand this new enemy. If you like nonstop action, read the thought-provoking space opera behind the hit TV series The Expanse.
Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, writing as Corey, stick the landing in their spectacular ninth and final Expanse space opera (after Tiamat's Wrath), set in a future where humanity has begun to expand beyond the solar system. For decades, human communities on a number of planets have been subject to the rule of the Laconian Empire but its ruler, Winston Duarte, is no longer in control after a failed experiment that he'd hoped would grant him immortality, but instead changed him into something other than human. Meanwhile, the extraterrestrial threat to mankind remains, heightened by the discovery that the ancient alien intelligences that created the ring gates that enable intergalactic travel were themselves wiped out by something even more powerful. Reluctant hero James Holden is again committed to doing whatever he can to protect and unite humanity, aided by his crew on the Rocinante, who each face painful choices on the way to the gut-punching conclusion. Multiple perspectives including that of a ruthless antagonist create empathy with each member of the scrappy cast without ever slowing the pace or oversimplifying the interstellar intrigue. This fully satisfying resolution renders the entire series an all-time genre classic.
An Emotional Ride
This is the last book of The Expanse series. While all things must eventually end, I am saddened to say goodbye to the crew of the Rocinante. There were sacrifices great and small throughout this entire series, but the final sacrifice was an emotional whirlwind of great magnitude. I do not want to reveal the story to those who want to experience the book for themselves, so I can only say that I recommend this book to the fans of this series. Saying it is a “must read”, is a tremendous understatement. It would be very nice if each of the surviving characters stories could be told to the end of their lives, and influences on the worlds in which they ultimately meet their stories ends. It would make an interesting novel or a series of short stories. The end of this epic story leaves me in an emotional turmoil. It feels like losing people we know and love. It feels like we are saying goodbye to our family and not knowing what to do next; if we can make ourselves do anything at all. If you are a fan of the series, this book is unquestionably a must read. If you are not yet a fan, pick up a copy of “Leviathan Wakes” to start your journey with the crew of the Rocinante. You will lose yourself in the story of mankind’s expansion into the solar system, and beyond into the Universe.
Not very good
The series has lessened in quality with each release. This is the last book, so you’ll buy it anyway, but the story is near incomprehensible and the characters one dimensional. Lots of side stories that add nothing to the plot. The authors had so little to say that they simply repeated parts of the story exactly, just from another perspective, without adding a thing to the story. It’s dull, overly long, and with an ending that makes little sense. What a dud.
Great ending to a great series
I really enjoyed this book. I think it tied everything together and ended the way it was supposed to. I am sad this is the end, but it was a great ride.