Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey (Book Review)

Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6)Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a ride! The basic story is what happens when a not-unreasonable rebellion is taken over by a megalomaniac. I can only hope Der Pumpkinfuhrer gets the same treatment Marco Inaros does. From Naomi, no less. And there’s a sort-of-cliffhanger at the end that’ll be wonderful to see play out in the next book.

Speaking of which, I was happily surprised to see that the next in the series is out; Persepolis Rising was published in December 2016. I was sad to see that my library does not yet have a copy. But then, that should let the good stuff last a little bit longer. That’s the problem with discovering a really good series when it’s still being written. (I’m talking to you, George R.R. Martin.)

This entry in The Expanse series takes the multiple-pov to a new level. James Holden, Michio Pa, and Filip Inaros are the only pov’s that recur throughout. Everyone else (Fred Johnson, Prax, Avasarala, Bobbie, Dawes, Alex, Amos, Naomi) makes a scattered couple of appearances here and there. It works though; the story moves well. I liked hearing from bad-girl-turned-good Clarissa Mao, and would have liked more of her. (I was irritated at the way Amos always calls her “Peaches,” the only thing about Amos that annoys me. I love Amos, thug that he is. He is basically Jayne Cobb from Firefly, but that doesn’t make him not awesome.)

Action as usual; excellent writing as usual. I’m going to save Persepolis Rising, so I can savor it.

Bookshelves: action-with-a-body-count, futuristic, heroine-kicking-ass, manly-men-kicking-ass, multiple-povs, outer-space, noir, sci-fi, space-opera, this-is-the-stuff-right-here

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Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

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