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Minireview: Abaddon's Gate, by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in the “Expanse” series, and while it’s not quite as good as the previous two books, it’s still quite a ride. At the core, it consists of two parallel storylines, continuing from where the last book left off. In one, someone with a serious grudge against Holden starts a chain of events intended to smear his reputation and kill him (perhaps in that order). In the other, the “protomolecule” has now built a vast structure a few AU outside the orbit of Uranus, and it seems to be some kind of “gate” – though one operating on technology levels far outside humanity’s capabilities. So a large fleet consisting of various interested parties heads out to investigate, and along for the ride is the Rocinante and her crew as representatives of the OPA. It should not come as a huge surprise to the reader that things escalate in a serious fashion, and the stakes get raised yet again.

It’s good, very good. While it’s perhaps not quite as focused as the first two books, the difference is miniscule and the new characters are interesting. As before, the book wraps up nicely enough but leaves the story open for the next book.

If you’ve read the first two books you’ll want to read this. If not, go read Leviathan Wakes. Shoo.

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