Babylon's Ashes

Babylon's Ashes

eBook - 2016
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"A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity."--
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780316334723
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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Jul 05, 2018

There are so many things I love about this series. Escapism, but still a thought-provoking reflection on both the good and the bad in human nature. And the attention to detail about the physics of space is good enough to satisfy the skeptical scientist in me.

Oct 04, 2017

Excellent continuation of the series. As someone noted, the books get better as the series progresses. The characters have grown in depth. Very satisfying.

Aug 14, 2017

Holy Cow! This science fiction series just keeps getting better and better. I'm hoping for more protomolecule in the next book since the lead up in this book just left me hanging! Whatever will I do in the meantime!?! I wish I could say more but I don't want to spoil the series! Book 6, still as awesome as the first book. woot woot.

May 17, 2017

Violence and intrigue, as we have come to expect, but also a lot of deeper reflection about humanity - what makes us one species, and how can we do it better.
Many series require you to start with book 1, but the depth of thinking here can stand on its own.

Apr 14, 2017

book 6

Mar 08, 2017

This book entralled me despite having a very hard time dealing with the level of violence described against the earth.

Feb 28, 2017

An absolutely excellent addition to an already fabulous series -- we spend plenty of time with Holden and the crew of the Rocinante, see the return of Bobbie, are treated to lots of witticisms (and a dose of real human fallibility from Chrisjen Avasarala, and lots of excellent intrigue and strategy around a rapidly unfolding war. There's so much to enjoy here, if one of the strengths of the series for you as a reader are the characters.

As with others in the series, it is essential to read in order.

Feb 15, 2017

All 6 books are wonderfully written. The way this ends, it could be all over or another plot line might unfold for book 7. I hope for the latter although I would like to see what these two authors could do with a whole new story and cast of characters. A bonus is that the t.v. series is not a disappointment. Not as readers will have imagined of course (books to t.v. or movie never are), but the stories are translated well for the screen and are pretty darn true to the spirit of the books.

Dec 21, 2016

The delayed sixth entry in "The Expanse" series lives up to the wait, for the most part.

(spoilers ahead if you haven't read "Nemesis Games")

The story- Humanity is struggling to deal with the asteroid collisions orchestrated by the Belter (humans native to low gravity space stations) government's extremist off-shoot, the "Free Navy". While coping with the near collapse of the Martian military and Earth government, a plan is made to finally deal with the Free Navy.

The good- James Corey (Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham) have mastered writing for different characters from different perspectives. This is the only book in the series that does not have a core group of character perspectives. The points of view include characters from all sides of the conflict, yet the story moves forward flawlessly.

Not as good, but acceptable- Focusing these stories around the crew of the Rocinante is getting boring. The stories are running close to becoming "The indomitable Captain Holden and his family-crew of the Rocinante". Which would be alright, but it isn't what drew me to this science fiction space opera. The complex, gritty, inter-related story lines of "Earthers", "Martians", "Belters" and how they deal with unfathomable alien technology is what keeps me reading this series. The most interesting parts of this book were the character perspectives of people outside of the Rocinante crew. Also, this story had the least amount of influence from the protomolecule/gate building alien technology. That's not terrible, but it feels like the story is moving further from the over-arching storyline of the series.

The forgivably bad- (mild spoilers) The villain and the way the Avasarala deals with the decimation on Earth. The villain never came across as a mastermind, or even a misguided badguy. He came across as an angry ex with a chip on his shoulder. It doesn't hurt the story, but the lack of complexity is a big departure from previous antagonists in the series. It was also a little odd how easily Avasarala was able to move past the death of most of her remaining family on earth, and 'put that aside' when dealing with Michio and the Free Navy defectors. I have a hard time believing someone like her would easily look past the Free Navy murdering tens of billions of people, and destroying a planet's ecosystem. This also wasn't a story killer, but it wasn't consistent with how the character was written in previous books.

All in all- A great read and a worthy sequel. I'm hoping the authors don't become too distracted by the television series, as has happened with another massively popular book series-turned television show. These books are normally released every June, but the release date for this one was pushed back 6 months. At a time which just happens to coincide near season 2 of the show. Either way, this entry is well worth the read.

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