tp, 547 pages

English language

Published June 3, 2013 by Orbit Books.

ISBN:
978-0-316-12907-7
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4 stars (242 reviews)

For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to 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 artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Abaddon's Gate is a breakneck science fiction adventure following the critically acclaimed Caliban's War.

8 editions

Entertaining, but not as strong as the previous two books

3 stars

Same formula as Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War. The story revolves around and is told from the perspective of a number of main characters, whose storylines come together eventually. However, in this case, the main characters were a lot less relatable than in the previous two books.

It took some buildup for the story to gain some traction, but once that happened, ithe book became hard to put down.

I would have given it 3.5 out of 5. It was not as good as the first two books (which were both solid 4/5s), but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Serious Funny Business?

3 stars

I've had a complex relationship with The Expanse series, disliking its TV series and yet giving it a second chance via the novels. Abaddon's Gate has a lot of what I like about the series: the action is excellent, and it has a decent mystery (though not a police procedural) that adds a thrill to the times when the guns aren't firing. Holden is the glue that keeps the series anchored, and while he's an enjoyable presence, I'm also happy that his flaws are called out in-universe.

And yet... none of these books have been stand-out hits for me.

Abaddon's Gate is just serious enough to give the universe a sense of gravitas. But it never fully commits to either being serious business or a fun, easy read for the evening. The series is filled with high stakes (the fate of human civilization) and plenty of treacherous moments. I get …

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The Expanse continues to be engaging and high quality SF. As a viewer of the show, it felt like this volume was the first to significantly diverge from the TV series. Not only does it elaborate on events that were only depicted in fairly abbreviated form on-screen, the characterization also differed. The Captain Ashford depicted in this book was vastly different than the one we got on the show, for example.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly and look forward to continuing the book series.

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

This is more like a 3.5? Definitely closer to a 4 than a 3 though.

Last book's strength was characters, but unfortunately it wasn't the same here. I wasn't particularly thrilled by any of the POVs. But the adventure inside the ring? Hell yes!

Now to my usual comparison to the TV series: I found Clarissa a bit more convincing as a character here. Ashford isn't as much of an asshole in the TV series. Also, so far this one had the most differences between the mediums!

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is more like a 3.5? Definitely closer to a 4 than a 3 though.

Last book's strength was characters, but unfortunately it wasn't the same here. I wasn't particularly thrilled by any of the POVs. But the adventure inside the ring? Hell yes!

Now to my usual comparison to the TV series: I found Clarissa a bit more convincing as a character here. Ashford isn't as much of an asshole in the TV series. Also, so far this one had the most differences between the mediums!

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Show a human a closed door, and no matter how many open doors she finds, she'll be haunted by what might be behind it.

The branch between the Syfy/Amazon show and the books had to happen but I didn't expect it to happen in Abaddon's Gate. The first half of the book I was cruising along, following with my memories of the TV show and the thought "this doesn't seem familiar" occurred more and more and then I realized I was in new-to-me territory.

Looking back on the book it didn't feel like much happened: Ring is established, people go through the Ring, Holden learns things, everyone leaves the Ring. Of course so much more happened between those peaks and they made the story fly by.

Heroism is a label most people get for doing shit they'd never do if they were really thinking about it.

The destruction of …

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As a big fan of the TV show, I was a bit underwhelmed by the first book, Leviathan Wakes, but they certainly have picked up speed since. Caliban's War was really good, and Abaddon's Gate is better. I like how the authors can keep widening the scope of the grand narrative so that every time you think you've gotten the plot pinned down, they "zoom out" and reveal that it was just a part of the greater picture.

If the writers keep up this stride, it'll be very interesting to read a few books from now.

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The plot is definitely one we've seen before, mankind finds unexplained thing left behind by a long-gone civilization. But the duo behind the Expanse books manage to do something much bigger and show the humans on the ground struggling to understand their place in the universe in connection with the things bigger than themselves that they find out there.

Overall, a really good book and a fun read.

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

{mild spoilers ahead}
After the great first two novels, this was a pretty big disappointment to me. While the overall story arch (Holden) is interesting, the other three narratives ranged from boring to aggravating, at least in my opinion. The whole revenge plot seemed at times really ridiculous, like a desperately bad plot device turned deus ex machina. The whole priest plot aggravated me because it is so utterly Christian, which I am just not a fan of - at least not in my sci-fi novels. Even the Bull plot was full of mentions of God, giving me the feeling that this whole series might turn into a ridiculous search for God or something. It's the future and we've colonized space, do we really need religion?! And WHY does it have to be Christianity, when it's foreseeably not even the biggest religion on the planet in 200 year's time? Why …

Review of "Abaddon's Gate" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The bodycount of named characters in this book ... is just ... a lot to process.
And the escalation ... it all starts with a „I hope it won‘t happen the way Clarissa planned.“ and from there it gets steadily worse. Whenever I thought „oh now it can‘t get worse, that‘s it“ somehow it can be.

But at the end, there are fart jokes.

We‘ve watched Season 1+2 of the show, so I can‘t talk spoilers at home. Waaaaah. But this book neeDs talking about. So longer review will follow.

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