Babylon's Ashes

The Expanse #6

English language

Published April 9, 2016

ISBN:
978-0-356-50426-1
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4 stars (74 reviews)

Babylon's Ashes is a science fiction novel by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, and the sixth book in their The Expanse series. The title of the novel was announced in early July 2015 and the cover and brief synopsis were revealed on September 14, 2015.

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Remember the Earth? The Authors Didn't

1 star

I'm going to cut to the chase: I detested this book. The Expanse at its best was a space mystery chasing down the fantastical proto-molecule. But it always had an undercurrent of violence-is-wrong and information-is-equality, and that philosophy rears its ugly head in Babylon's Ashes. There's incessant moralizing on the heels of Nemesis Games (spoilers incoming for the previous book), where state-sponsored terrorists killed ten billion civilians.

Half of human civilization is dead, and yet Belters are cheering for supervillainy that belongs in Marvel Comics, and declaring their support for the nation that stands on top of a war crime that makes the Nazis look restrained. Any wrongs, and I do mean any wrongs, pale in comparison to the deaths of ten billion civilians. And yet we're supposed to restrain and not retaliate? Sympathize and forgive these people? Be reminded that Belters are humans too?

Throughout the …

Review of "Babylon's Ashes" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book, especially the first half, was very difficult for me to get into and stick with. This was because of the rather grim starting situation combined with a point of view that was often from the "bad guys" perspective. If I wasn't reading it in order to be able to watch the the 5th season of the show without having to worry about it spoiling any of the book, I probably would have set it down and come back to it sometime in the future. I'm glad I persevered as I ended up liking the book overall.

Review of "Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6)" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

здається, я переслуховую «the expanse» у зворотньому порядку… інакше — довго чекати своєї черги на цифрову копію в бібліотеці banq =)

Review of "Babylon's Ashes" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book seemed less exciting and more ambiguous than earlier novels in the series. But I think it still deserved a 'barely 4' rating. In many ways this was fairly typical for a James Corey space opera, but in another quite different. It almost seems as if this novel may have been intended 'originally' as a culmination of the Expanse series.

I guess I'll find out with the next novel...

Review of "Babylon's Ashes" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I devoured this. After the previous book [b: Nemesis Games|22886612|Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)|James S.A. Corey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1407524221s/22886612.jpg|42456264] I could not stop reading and this is a straight continuation of what happened there, keeping up the pace and showing us humanity trying to deal with the consequences of the immeasurable short-sightedness that caused the Ashes to fall in the first place.

Also I really love the way ships crews become families in these books, juxtaposing the big picture view of humanity falling apart with these small units of people growing ever closer.

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