Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate

Book - 2013
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An alien artifact 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.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316129077
0316129070
Characteristics: 566 p. ; 24 cm

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clflemin
May 17, 2017

Books one and two were entertaining, if flawed, but the third is a complete let down. Weak characters coupled with a slow pace and thin plot tied together by a string of unlikely contrivances. The authors failed keep a rather basic story entertaining and plausible for the first three books which leads me to doubt the story will be coherent or fresh later.

Once again the solar system's luckiest crew of likable, scrappy, cliches find themselves in the thick of the plot and the only ones managing to interact with the protomolocule on any meaningful level. The continued connection between the crew and the protomolocule is fairly obvious and explained to a certain extent, but how the crew physically find themselves at the crux of things this time around is both contrived and transparent... and this is just the first few chapters. A few hundred pages of exposition later and one is left wondering why most of the characters made the decisions they did - when they were clearly in contravention of EVERYTHING the stood for or did previously. The two biggest let downs the preacher's absolutely improbable EVA suit escapade and Ashford's decision to let a prisoner out of jail. Absolutely ridiculous and their respective outcomes completely transparent.

The story plods along throughout and is strung together by a series of events that just would not happen given the way the characters have been established and the demands of the situation.

The overall setup for sending the solar system's luckiest crew (in terms of survivability) into the fray yet again and how the machination of the primary antagonist play out is implausible - even for those that accept the basic premise of the story, the boundaries established thus far, etc.

The characters have always been cliched, but likable enough to be ignored. However by book three that is stretching very thin. How many times can the crew forgive and forget, go all in and have it still remain believable. At this point I will even settle for entertaining...

Will reserve final judgement for book four.

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pspice
Sep 13, 2016

I gave it 4 stars. Great new characters - Bull, Clarissa and Anna. Holden and his crew are not as front and centre. Really looking forward to Nemesis Games and a new season of The Expanse on t.v.

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klsample
Jul 09, 2016

Abaddon's Gate is the THIRD book in the Expanse series, not the SIXTH.

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Rumpel11
Jun 10, 2016

No. 6 in "The Expanse" series

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Rumpel11
Jun 10, 2016

No. 6 in "The Expanse" series

mvkramer Apr 05, 2016

Another exciting volume! As usual, the plot is exciting - everyone is making a play for the Ring that the alien ship built at the edge of the solar system, even though no one knows what it does. Meanwhile, Clarissa Mao is hunting Holden to take revenge on him for the ruin of her father. Clarissa was my favorite of the new characters. I liked how she developed from a one-note character interested in revenge over reason, and then changed and grew over time. There were some great reflections about guilt, and about what committing acts of violence does to a person.

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gbanwait
Apr 20, 2015

Book 3 - Before Cibbola burn

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mexicanadiense
Nov 11, 2013

Highly entertaining book, I wanted to give it 4 stars but in the end I took off a half-star due to my disappointment over how the eventual climax once again took place as a big shootout in deep space, I think the authors could have mixed things up and gone another way, like a race against time to shut down reactors, or trying to "hack" the alien technology, etc. Also, it began to bug me how in all the inconceivable vastness of the outer solar system the same small group of individuals (and their relatives!) seem to keep running into each other.

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dscrimshaw
Aug 09, 2013

This series keeps getting better and better. And according to the authors' website, the next book is pretty much written!

lasertravis Jun 27, 2013

Great sci-fi book. Great sci-fi series. If this is the last book, I am sad. The characters and the action are what are written best. The dialogue improved drastically from the first book to the second and third. I was emotionally invested in the characters and the storyline. Epic in scale, but with a very personal feel. This was less like Firefly than the second book and back to more of a Star Trek flavor. There is quite a bit of religion in this one, but it didn't distract from my enjoyment of the story. I am impressed with the whole "Corey" combination. I hope the two authors who comprise "him" collaborate on more books. A must read series for any sci-fi fan.

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mvkramer Apr 05, 2016

Violence: Clarissa kills a few people with her bare hands, and at the end of the book, there's a shooting war inside a space ship.

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