- Publisher Orbit
- Publication date June 15, 2011
- Book length 592
- Audiobook released by Hachette Audio
Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship’s captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.
The Expanse Short Fiction
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Finally, A modern day scifi and space opera MUST has been checked off my list. I enjoyed this read for another reason too. It was part of a buddy read I did with a couple of my bookfriends, who are fantastic and accomplished bloggers/reviewers. Natazha and David. I will include their links at the bottom, as they wrote some great reviews as well that are definitely worth checking out.
Its hard to not be familiar with The Expanse series these days. It is a show with 4 seasons that has garnered a pretty big fan base. I haven’t watched it yet, so I had no preconceptions about the story before I read it.
The story grabbed me right from the start, with a prologue setting the stage for some twisted stuff happening on a space ship. I was not expecting it, and the friends I was doing the buddy read with all agreed it was an eye opener of an intro. From there, we move into the story which is told from 2 chapter-alternating perspectives, Holden and Miller.
The big space opera feel starts with Holden, a middle aged “Belter” serving on board a massive mining ship that gets mixed up in a series of events leading to some not so good circumstances for the ship and almost the entire crew. Holden and a small group take off on a smaller ship to inspect an abandoned craft. Without giving anything extra away, Holden and his new crew must go on the run, setting in motion a chain of events that will impact and change the future of all people living in this futuristic, and already divided solar system.
Miller is the Detective working on an inhabited space station and totally jaded after years of catching criminals, but not getting any joy from his job. He’s pretty much miserable, which I can 100% relate to. I’m at that point in my life where I’m stuck in a job that doesn’t really fit, but need the paycheck and the benefits so have to suck it up and do the work. Life is full of choices, even seemingly small ones, that can impact the direction your life will go.
Miller is given a case, to find a missing girl. She is the daughter of a family with money and influence, and Miller takes ownership of finding her and bringing her back to her family, against her will if necessary. Miller uncovers some leads that indicate the girl might actually be in trouble, and in over her head, and it’s interesting to see the way Miller sees this as an opportunity to redeem himself in some way.
You know, as the chapters sway back and forth that these two men will run into each other. The two stories are bound to cross, its just a matter of when, and if it will be a disaster, or will they get along and work together in some way.
I really just hope to provide a feel for the book. Giving you a recap doesn’t do this book justice, you can get that on Amazon. The journey these characters are wrapped up in is epic, and life changing. The political turmoil they’ve become forced into is flat out scary. It will take humanity into a new direction. The good guys get some heart wrenching help along the way, there is loss,, and bad stuff is going to happen to them. Seeing how they survive it, and how they change their own behaviors in order stay alive, and work together, to basically stop a tidal wave with a rowboat and a middle finger is what kept me in awe of this SF space opera.
Since a lot of this book was listened to using Libro FM, I want to make sure and give kudos to one excellent narrator, Jefferson Mayes provided a professional and well executed job. Voices were all distinct and clear, and emotion was conveyed perfectly. He is most certainly a Rockstar.
I also want to include a thank you to Orbit. I won one of the monthly loot giveaways they do. It included the first three books in the series, all hardcover. A signed poster from the actors on the show, a cool Expanse lanyard, which I wear for my job at the bank, and some Expanse pins to boot.
I would give the book a solid 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
As of now, I’m dying to see the show, but will hold off until at least one more book is read.
Thank you for checking out my review, and hop you all stay stay healthy and sane right now. Feel free to check out a couple other reviews from the Buddy read below:
Part of my Orbit Loot!
James S. E. Corey Author Website