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    Another Stellar Sequel in the Expanse Series

    The Expanse is space opera at it's best and Persepolis Rising is the latest installment in this fantastic science fiction series. This book contains all the aspects that fans have come to love. From the return of beloved characters to the ever-growing world-building, this sequel delivers it all. After a year away from the series, it was so easy to fall back into this engrossing story. Returning to this universe felt incredibly nostalgic. The elements of sexual and ethnic diversity were seamlessly woven into narrative of this inclusive story. The world building continued to be easy to understand, yet epic in scope. As always, this space opera story was immersive and highly entertaining. One of the biggest reasons I keep coming back to the series is to spend more time with these characters. All the characters in this book were well fleshed out, complex, and completely compelling. This book is told primarily from four distinct character viewpoints, which each providing a unique perspective into the larger story. Two of the viewpoints were familiar characters, while the other two were new perspectives. All the major beloved characters made appearances within the course of this novel. While I am always biased towards reading about established characters, I also enjoyed reading from both the new characters, which provided must needed viewpoints in the story. This book is set a fair ways after the events in Babylon's Ashes and, therefore, plays heavily on the themes of change and aging. At this point in time, we see how not only the ship, but also the crew of the Rocinante, are growing older. They are no longer naive and impulsive. Instead, through the passage of time, we see how the characters have grown and matured As the seventh book in a nine book series, Persepolis Rising faced the challenges of being a mid-series book. The authors needed to balance writing an exciting self-contained plot while continuing to build towards the final larger climax. This story had to bridge the gap between the previous book and also setup the sequence of events that will lead to the ending of the series. These factor made this book feel more like a transitional book in places. Compared to previous books, the plotting of this book felt a bit slower. The politics between the planets, and other organizations played a larger role in this novel. Toward the second half of the book, the narrative did pick up with more action. The ending of this book had some particularly exciting events that certainly pulled me into the story. Upon finishing this novel, I am now highly anticipating the final two books in the series. The authors have confirmed that they already know the ending to this series, which gives me great confidence in the larger story arc. Persepolis Rising laid the groundwork for an incredible finale. I highly recommend that any fan of The Expanse book series (or TV show) hurry up and catch up on this series as soon as possible. I just know that James S.A. Corey will deliver an epic end to this grand space opera. I requested this one from Orbit Books.
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    Persepolis Perfect

    A very enjoyable read for those of us addicted to this series, with a much more linear, and satisfying, story trajectory. It also contains more of the elements that have become the best parts of this space opera; story telling on a grand scale, up-close and personal (and emotional) time with our "family" of characters, wonderfully choreographed action, and of course, awesome space battles! All the sci-fi guilty pleasures! Only one beef really. When two characters we see as unstoppable, unbeatable, have their inevitable (and literal) clash, the tension between them (who's "tougher") should never have been resolved. Just sayin'. All in all, really enjoyed this one, including a hint, at the end, of a very interesting next chapter.
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    Fantastic

    May be the best book in the series. Can’t wait for what’s next.
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    Love it

    Series just keeps coming back with more story to keep you enthralled. Never have I read a series with antagonists that I can understand, their views and desires, though still not like them.
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    Wanting more!!

    Can't bear the thought of having to wait maybe years before the next book :(
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