Hello! So I’m back again and am well and truly settled back in after a little adventures in Scandinavia. It’s been a quiet few months on the blogging front, I have been having one of those fabled ‘slumps’ with reading and honestly have been quite distracted. So thank you for your patience if you have been waiting for the next (hopefully less sloppily – cut me some credit I was in a hostel bar – written) post.
Well well well, I am a little excited to write this post because the Expanse series – one of those wonderful little on going adventures I have that I recommend everyone – has got a few curve balls in the third novel Abaddon’s Gate.
Aghast was I, on reading the first few chapters and realising that this is not another book about a missing girl! HUZZAH! *trumpets fanfare* But before we get ahead of ourselves in celebrating this switch in narrative structure by the collaboration behind the Expanse: this is still sort of a novel about the aftermath of a missing girl. (I’ve made it sound a little more squishier than it is.)
So. We all remember Julie right? Julie Mao, the girl from novel one who had run away from home to explore live in the Belt away from the wealth of her family? Well my friends, she has a sister who is angry, who is obsessed and who is convinced Holden is the reason Julie is dead and also her family has been ruined. *Spoiler* (let’s just forget about all that questionable shit her father was doing with those super not safe vomit zombie spawning molecules am I right…? No, no… it was Holden, in the drawing room… with a candle stick.)
Said sister, Clarissa, has had a few body modifications done that have turned her into this super psycho nut job by the flick of her tongue to the roof of her mouth. She’s changed her identity (because money can do that) and has landed herself a job in the right niche to attempt to trap Holden and his Crew.
While all this is going on, we remember Venus right? And all that weird stuff that jizzed out into space? Well, that weird stuff formed a ring which seems to go no where, until an idiot tries to fly a space ship through it for kicks and simply disappears. Cue everyone in the universe panicking because said idiot broadcasted it live.
Following suit with the last two books we have a other characters that help build into the story, a older OPA general, Bull, and Reverend Anna, a Russian Priest. Both interesting characters but at times it seems a little too good to be true that Anna pops up and saves the day or amazing that Bull seems to not get his face pushed in by the powers he serves. But after the second book being a little slower for me and a little “ah… more of this.” I actually really enjoyed the pulp action and heroics.
The novel is sort of circling the theme of ‘what people do when they are stupidly afraid’, and this sort of ties in with an idiot erratic Belter Captain and a frightened Holy Man who are ready to sacrifice themselves and everyone else on the ship even though it is stupid. It’s a stupid thing, everyone is screaming NO through the tannoy’s but sense has flown the nest and only FEAR lives here now. *Face palm… much face palm*
The human violence in this novel is far more noticeable than the last two books. Instead of the vomiting zombies or villainous viruses or flesh eating bugs or whatever else might appear, there is a lot of *OUT THE AIRLOCK! ba-byhyyeyeee!!!*. Or just mindless murder which does it’s job well in the novel, but perhaps begins to point at the pulp fiction heroics a little more strongly than it has done before. Perhaps our dangerous duo, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck are getting a little too close to the cartoonish for comfort, I’m not sure. There has been critique on this novel for some of the cartoonish elements but… I don’t really care?
Because I enjoyed it anyway!
Why would you read a sci-fi space opera if you weren’t expecting a little pulp fiction fun! Also also also, the best for last – Miller is back. Yes Miller. That cliffhanger from book 2, that really annoying one that made you want to rip all of your skin off is okay and is worth it. Because he’s back folks! And he is weirder and weirder…. than ever.
I am pumped for the next one, I am ready to get out of my “read-12 -books-you-already-own-and-make-yourself-miserable-and-then-you-can-buy-more-books” torture thing that I have going on right now. Because I have several great series to get on with and I’m currently BARRED from that. It’s been a pleasure as always! Read this series!