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Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey

Cibola Burn

by James S. A. Corey

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Series: The Expanse (4)

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The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule. But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet. Both sides will stop at nothing to defend what's theirs, but soon a terrible disease strikes and only Holden - with help from the ghostly Detective Miller - can find the cure.… (more)



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This is the dullest Expanse novel so far by a long shot. Holden and company being sent to mediate between squabbling colonists is just not interesting; people bicker and blame each other again and again and again. It could have been an interesting allegory for real-world colonization issues, I suppose, but the lack of complexity for the principal characters in the dispute mean the dispute itself lacks complexity. The lack of the Roci characters in the early chapters also disappointed. I did like the surprise return of Miller's partner from Book One (how will the show handle this, given it killed him off during Season One?), but the other two new POV characters were pretty flat; Corey did a much better job coming up with new characters in Books Two and Three. Things pick up as they go, especially once Naomi and the rest of the Roci crew play a bigger role, but the overall plot never really excited me. Hopefully Book Five is stronger, because I'm seeing this through to the end.
  Stevil2001 | Oct 19, 2019 |
Once again, we are back to the "4.5 Stars"-Problem. This book was definitely better than the last in the series, but it wasn't quite back where the first one was.

There are many great quotes ("Say pretty please, but carry a one-kilo slug of tungsten accelerated to a detectable fraction of c") and great scenes (almost none of which can be mentioned without spoilers). I absolutely loved the interludes, which were something completely different from the rest of the book, and appealed to my inner computer scientist.

But it wasn't quite there. It wasn't as great as the first book, probably because in the first book, there still was this sense of dread. There were strange things happening, and for the longest part of the book (arguably the whole book), you had no idea what the hell was really going on behind the scenes. It reminded me a bit of the story of my favourite videogame, "Freelancer".

In this book, this sense was lacking a bit. I mean, sure, there were strange things happening, but for the longest part of the book, almost all danger had a known and clearly defined source, a face, so to say. That detracted from the sense of dread that I so enjoyed in the first book.

Finally, I am not sure if this is the last book in the series. From the ending, I would assume that it isn't, but, as of right now, GoodReads knows of no further titles in the series... If this was indeed the ending of the whole series, I would be a bit disappointed. But then again, the release of this book came as a surprise to me, because GoodReads didn't know about this one when the last one was released, either. So there's hope.

All in all: Read the series if you are into SciFi, and especially if you like, as someone once put it, "welding porn". ;) ( )
  malexmave | Oct 3, 2019 |
Not so much a review as a comment. The authors could use some input from a woman, especially from a woman scientist.

Oddly, this book feels a lot more like a sophomore effort than the actual second book. ( )
  cwcoxjr | Sep 5, 2019 |
Though the story gets lost in the primordial (or is it ancient?) mud occasionally, the Corey team once again pulls off high-stakes adventure with imaginative creations and seemingly impossible scientific and technological solutions while introducing a whole new set of characters and exploring the kinds of ethical questions that arise only in this kind of setting. This book also explained the workings of the protomolecule in a way I finally understood (or at least better than before). I do hope to see more of Draper and Avasarala in the next book but I was pleasantly surprised at the inclusion of a nearly forgotten character in this episode. ( )
  bookappeal | Jun 28, 2019 |
The gates have been opened, probes sent through and thousands of worlds have been discovered just ready and waiting to be colonised. The Edward Israel is a colony ship under contract to Royal Charter Energy with a mandate to survey and explore what is being referred to as New Terra. But a ship that escaped the destruction of Ganymede has beaten them there and is in no mood to let the newcomers encroach on what they feel is already their territory and sets about trying to dissuade them from even landing. When violence results and deaths accrue those back home decide a mediator is required to broker a peace between the two sides and there’s only one man that fits the bill so far as impartiality goes and also with a reputation for not hiding things. Step forward James Holden and the rest of the crew of the Rocinante to see if they can work out a solution and maybe set the template for all future colonisation attempts. It’s not like he can make matters too much worse, right?

This fourth book in the Expanse series once again has multiple characters to follow as the story unfolds. As well as Holden we get three new voices this time around. Basia is one of the existing colonists, Elvi (an exobiologist) is on the first shuttle down from the new arrivals and Havelock who’s left in charge of security on the Edward Israel when the rest of the security team go planetside. With the exception of Holden these are probably my least favourite POV characters in the series so far and when teamed with the power-tripping villain of the piece it makes for a potential letdown from what has come before. So it’s fortunate that the setting and overall story makes this another fine entry in the sequence. The threat of the unknown from the alien technology and the mystery of what happened to them helps pull this story along nicely so even with weaker storytellers it doesn’t detract too much from the enjoyment value. There’s promise that we will return to more familiar people in the next book so I even have that to look forward to. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Feb 8, 2019 |
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