Persepolis Rising

Persepolis Rising

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"In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity -- and of the Rocinante -- unexpectedly and forever ... Persepolis Rising is the seventh novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316332835
Branch Call Number: SF F COR
Characteristics: 549 pages ; 25 cm

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LucasHill
Jan 29, 2018

This is the one of the most introspective, and certainly the most philosophical of the series so far. However, fans of the action we've come to expect will not be disappointed. Also, there are the expected mishaps and tragedies for several of the characters. I found, though, that it's becoming difficult to remember events from the past novels. I really enjoyed this entry in the story.

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isaachar
Dec 18, 2017

I wasn't much of a fan of the previous entry in The Expanse series. The villain was too petty, the reactions from veteran characters didn't fit their previously established personalities, and the denouement didn't feel very satisfying. Most of all it lacked humanistic elements of previous books. It wasn't bad, but previous books were better.

Persepolis Rising offers an answer to those criticisms. PR takes place decades after Babylon's Ashes, and a common theme is newer characters taking the reigns of the old. The Rocinante crew undergoes personnel changes, as do the dynamics between the main characters. We see how some have evolved and some have simply gotten older. The solar system and its colonies, on the other hand, finally reach a functioning catharsis until the next big badguy arrives. Where the authors created a vain, petty, easily dis-likeable villain in Marco Inaros, Winston Duarte comes across as the penultimate villain. Intelligent, driven and calculating, Duarte's goals are to unite humanity under his oppressive regime, masked as a benevolent dictatorship. He is the utter opposite to James Holden, who believes cooperation and diversity are better for civilization than singular authoritarianism.

I was glad to see that the proto-molecule aliens and the beings which wiped them out play a bigger role in this story. In typical Expanse style, the action is fast paced and the story moves from one big crisis to another. It was difficult putting this book down once I started. I would recommend reading the Expanse short stories "Vital Abyss" and "Strange Dogs" before reading PR. You don't need them to fill the story, but they explain why and how the Laconia colony is so technologically advanced. My only lingering questions were "what happened to Naomi Nagata's son" from the previous book, and how did Earth bounce back from environment killing asteroid impacts in less than 30 years? Still, Persepolis Rising was a great read, and I can't wait for the next chapter.

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