Nemesis Games

, #5

eBook, 536 pages

English language

Published Aug. 5, 2015 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-21758-3
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4 stars (205 reviews)

The fifth novel in Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel!

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

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reviewed Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse, #5)

Nicely sets up for the next book

5 stars

This one was one of the more interesting entries in the series and it does something a little different: every character sort of goes off to do their own thing, and they all have to deal with what's happening in the solar system at the time. Every character gets POV chapters throughout the book dedicated to them, allowing some insight into characters from the Roci who aren't James Holden, which is nice. Not to say James Holden hasn't grown on me as a character, but his chapters can be a little too "boy scout" for me.

This is another book where the politics of the solar system are a main factor, and in a huge way. Everything revolves around the diaspora of the Roci's crew and how they weather the consequences of what's going on around them, and eventually get back to where they're supposed to be.

This book also …

Review of 'Nemesis games' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Earlier today I finished reading Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey. Nemesis Games is book five of the Expanse series. It is a space opera set in our solar system a couple hundred years in the future. The Expanse focuses on the adventures of the crew of the Rocinante as they deal with events that change the balance of power between Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets. The fifth entry mixes up the formula a bit by splitting the party and having them each handle their own affairs dealing with their pasts and what led them together against a backdrop of events that put the past firmly and irretrievably in the past.

Going forward, I will be discussing the events of the book in discussing why I liked it, so be forewarned that there will be spoilers.

Moments I Particularly Enjoyed
Honestly, the first thing that came to mind in …

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This author 'pair' (twin) never ceases to please. The Expanse is, to my mind an extraordinarily readable, enjoyable, well-peopled as well as interestingly plotted series. It is hard to find a much better "Space Opera".

I struggled with rating this a 5; two small items prevented me from moving above a 4 star.
1. The end was too abrupt.
2. I'm not sure any Space Opera can really qualify for a 5 star rating. Personally, I believe that rating ought to focus on brilliant literature.

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"The odds of -"
"Don't think about the odds," Bobbie said. "Think about the stakes. think about how much we lose if we take the risk and it goes wrong."


I exceeded my typical reading pace on this book because it was real good. Any misgivings I had about previous books was swept away with Nemesis Games. This book was everything I needed but also realize it couldn't exist without multiple books before it to support and build characters.

No, it wasn't. It was the scariest fucking answer to Fermi's paradox I can think of.

The variety of the POV chapters was excellent. I would see who the next chapter was about and push through to read more and in record time the book was over. Each POV offered needed backstory on characters and a very riveting story to move it along.

Learning about Amos, Alex or Naomi …

Review of 'Nemesis games' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Nemesis Games est le cinquième volume de la saga de science-fiction The Expanse signée James S.A. Corey, le nom de plume du duo composé des auteurs Daniel Abraham et Ty Franck.

Après un quatrième tome qui m’a semblé un peu en-deca, j’espérais retrouver avec celui-ci toutes les qualités démontrées dans les trois premiers volumes du cycle.

Contrairement aux romans précédents qui donnaient la parole à de nouveaux personnages, celui-ci revient aux bases : les quatre points de vue présentés sont en effet ceux des quatre membres d’équipage du Roccinante, qui prennent des chemins différents pendant les longs mois nécessaires pour que leur vaisseau soit réparé après leur périlleuse expédition dans Cibola Burn :

- Naomi part sur Ceres après avoir été recontactée par une vieille connaissance de l’époque où il menait des actions clandestines pour l’OPA

- Amos retourne sur Terre, vingt ans après son départ, après avoir appris la …

reviewed Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse, #5)

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

As others have said, this starts off pretty slow. The four major characters are split up in the beginning, and each has its own story arc. Eventually, the larger story going on ties it all together. Things do pick up in the second half of the book.

The Expanse series is built in trilogies. Just like Caliban's War set up a major change moving into the third book, Nemesis Games sets up a major change moving into the final part of this trilogy. We also get the return of several interesting characters from previous books. I hope that we will continue to see more of them in the next one.

reviewed Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse, #5)

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Oh my... I may have thought the previous book in the series a little slow or a little too "off" and then came along this. I was shocked, shocked and then some more. Really, if you got stuck on the series in some earlier book, you need to make it to this one.

Just saying.

reviewed Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse, #5)

Review of 'Nemesis games' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Some meta-spoilers ahead.
This has been my favorite out of the first five books (maybe comparable to the first one). After a very slow beginning, we get to read see perspectives of the four main characters. They all split up and handle some things related to their back-stories (expect for Holden who is mostly just bored from being all alone). When I was of the impression that this might be the most boring book ever, the biggest crisis (up to this point in the series; I haven't read the newer books yet) takes place and the different storylines slowly come together again - leading to a thrilling and suspenseful conclusion.

reviewed Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse, #5)

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow, what a thrillride! This book is soo much better than the deeply flawed book 3 and the mediocre book 4 - though it's still not perfect. What I really don't understand are the motivations of some of the characters - why would Amos want to visit 'Peaches'?! It doesn't make sense at all, and also, that was one of the worst characters of the previous books and I was not happy for her to pop up again. Similarly, I cannot fathom Naomi's motivation to go back to an obviously dangerous, toxic, manipulative abuser. No woman in her right mind would ever do that. Pretty much all the reasons that these character had for leaving seemed like lame pretenses just to break up the crew and get everyone in position so we can experience all the stuff happening from their perspectives...

Review of 'Nemesis Games' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Caution: Do read 0.2 The Churn before reading this book, or else you will absolutely miss a lot of background on Amos!

Brilliant move, splitting the team of the Rocinante up, and giving them their own viewpoints.
I liked this book best of the series (for now). It has real danger, real stakes and every viewpoint was interesting and important from the start. Where in previous books the other viewpoints didn't really matter, now they do, because they are crew.
Holden's lesser role is good too. He is getting a bit annoying in his naiveté.

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