Author: James S.A. Corey
Category: Science Fiction
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
There is really not much to say about this book that I didn’t say about Leviathan Wakes.
It takes place a few years after the events of the first book. The crew of the Rocinante continue to work for the Fred Johnson and the OPA. While on a mission to bring relief supplies to Ganymede after a shoot-out between Earth and Mars costs the station it’s self-sufficiency they uncover evidence that the protomolecule that wiped out Eros may have resurfaced.
We got to see how the protomolecule may evolve itself and change human life in ways other than the vomit zombies of Leviathan Wakes. We also got some new characters, four points of view total in this book. Prax is a botanist that worked on Ganymede and essentially begs Holden & Co. help him to find his daughter who was lost during the events on Ganymede. Bobbie, the soldier whose cameras captured the being that the protomolecule has become. And Avasarala, an Earth politician who is nothing short of a badass. I guess you can tell who my favorite was!
While this book was a worthy sequel to Leviathan Wakes I don’t feel like it quite lived up to how much I liked the first installment. More than anything, I think this book was setting up for what is to come in the third and future books.
There were a lot of hints about what is going on with Venus since the protomolecule crash landed onto it. The mystery and political struggle didn’t seem as carefully thought out as in the first one, and seemed more a way to have some conflict while things set up in other areas. The final reveal of who was behind the events on Ganymede and that thread of the story’s conclusion almost felt like a cop out. The whole thing just seemed like it was used to create a situation where the characters would discover information pertaining to setting up the plot for future books.
I am sad though that I kind of killed the big spoiler at the very end for myself. I flipped to the back of the book to see what the page count was and lo and behold! Huge spoiler right at the top of the very last page! So I think I missed out of a huge “OMFG” moment thanks to my roving eyes. So fair warning to anyone that has not read these books and may want to. The page count is 595. Don’t look.
I am looking forward to reading Abaddon’s Gate and really looking forward to what all this set up is leading to.