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 artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780316129077
Characteristics: 566 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 18, 2019

So far, this is one of my favorite book series of all time. Like books 1 and 2 before it, Abaddon's Gate kept me up late and fully immersed in the story. The intrigue of the protomolecule mystery continues to grow, and we do get some answers (which was satisfying, because book 2 seemed to just give us more mystery). The threat remains, however, it's clear from this installment of the series that humanity's biggest threat remains humanity itself. Full disclosure: there were parts of this story that were difficulty to read.

Melba, for instance. She's not supposed to be likeable, and she has a redemption story arc that I found believable, but she's straight-up my definition of a monster. And pretty much ever scene with Ashford. The throw-down big battle toward the end does what you'd expect- shocking deaths and mega-heroics and nail-biting tension. The co-authors excel at narrative tension and pace.

My only (small) frustration was that I wanted more with the crew of the Rocinante. In book 2, we veered a bit away from them- but I adore Avasarala, and Bobbie was a fun counterpoint, so I was fine with it. The veer continues, where the Roci crew scenes mainly serve the backstory plot, and once again we're along for the ride with new characters Bull, Anna, and Melba. That's fine- Bull is heroic and Anna presented a fantastic new perspective (she's a Methodist preacher- not many scifi stories explore the role of religion and faith in the exploration of the stars). I'm just selfish and always want to know more, especially about Amos (my psychotic, hilarious book boyfriend), Alex, and Naomi. I'm gonna need more than just teasers of their backstories, eventually.

It was nice to have more continued hat tips to Miller, Avasarala, and Bobbie (even though our adventures with them are apparently on pause for the time being). I assume the same will happen with Anna (maybe? She's not a major player, but she was a great perspective and pretty much the only beacon of hope). Given the pace at which I devour these, despite their length, I can't wait to pick up book 4 (and the rest).

Oct 17, 2018

Fantastic addition to the series, I look forward to seeing where it goes from here!

Feb 16, 2018

This one got some so-so reviews. It did dragged a bit but overall still a great book and fun action.

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.

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.

Jul 09, 2016

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

Jun 10, 2016

No. 6 in "The Expanse" series

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.

Apr 20, 2015

Book 3 - Before Cibbola burn

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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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