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.
Sad it’s over….
A satisfying conclusion
If you’ve made it this far you’ll be satisfied by the ending. Doesn’t quite reach the heights of Tiamat’s Wrath, which is the best in the series in my opinion. But it’s a good and fitting sendoff - the authors clearly knew where they wanted to go and executed a solid plan to get there, and their writing skills clearly improved throughout the series (particularly noticeable when comparing books 8-9 to books 1-2). 4/5 instead of 5/5 for me because there were some plot points that I felt conflicted with the series’ in-world logic a bit, but nothing fatal that kept me from enjoying the ending.
No Dutchman ending here.
A lot of series end a good run with an abrupt or misplaced ending, or they dwindle down into endless postscripts, or just get flat out abandoned before the last act by authors not up to the task they’ve built. None of that for the Expanse, please and thank you. The authors managed to pull everything together, make a suitable ending, and resolve and explain just enough to make it all feel worthwhile, without getting ensnared in endless appendices or spin-offs. Things feel resolved, and there are things left to consider, or ponder, but nothing left feeling undone. An excellent ride, I thank our pilots for getting us there comfortably, safely, and quickly. I’ll see you again among the stars, I think. I look forward to it.