My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have been absolutely loving this series since I discovered it, and I’m not sure why Cibola Burn was such a plodding read for me. I happened upon the Expanse series when I was fumble-fingered with my touch screen on my library website, accidentally checking out the first installment when I was after a book entitled simply Leviathan. I tore through all ~700 pages of Leviathan Wakes in three days, and similarly couldn’t get enough of Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate.
Cibola Burn, though, I had to push through, taking almost three weeks. It’s probably me and my comfort-zone issues. I had a lot going on while I was reading this, and I am prone to anxiety about things involving leaps of faith, including interviewing for and accepting new jobs and traveling by air, alone. The book itself was outside its usual setting as well, taking place entirely on New Terra, a newly discovered and settled planet beyond the Ring that was the focus of book three. I found myself missing the scope and familiarity of the Sol system.
But the writing is as skillful as always, and the characters are as varied and well-developed as those I’ve met before. The futuristic science and tech read like the real thing. Detective Miller’s old partner, Dimitri Havelock, is here as a pov character; Chrisjen Avasarala and Bobbie Draper poke their heads in, with the promise of future appearances. And Amos – what’s not to love about Amos? I’m going to put my disenchantment down to personal comfort-zone stuff and perhaps middle-of-the-series syndrome. I’m still looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Bookshelves: action-with-a-body-count, futuristic, manly-men-kicking-ass, heroine-kicking-ass, multiple-povs, noir, sci-fi, space, space-opera
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