No major spoilers.
The third book of The Expanse series picks up where the second one left off. The crew of the Rocinante are in trouble again. Left with little choice they must join a fleet of spaceships at ‘The Ring’ a strange alien phenomenon which has mysteriously appeared near Uranus.
But there is sabotage at hand, meaning that the real threat is not what lies beyond ‘The Ring’ but what (or who) lies within the fleet of spaceships.
In true Expanse fashion this book seems to explore human nature more than actually exploring whatever is, you know, out there.
Like the other books the story is told through the point of view of Holden and a couple other newcomers. The first is Bull, an OPA security guy who is damn stubborn. Anna who is a pastor (and my favourite of the new characters). And, there is Melba who is probably the most interesting of the lot.
I enjoyed reading from each of these characters points of view. The authors of this series never fail to surprise me with how awesomely diverse and unique each and every one of the characters in these books is. Whilst I do understand these characters drive the story forward, I was a little upset not to see reappearances from the characters in the previous two novels (though some receive passing mentions).
Apart from that, this book is very intense from start to finish. There is no shortage of scenes which make me shudder and no shortage of surprises. I’m not sure I like the direction they are taking the development of humans discovering alien life and what it means- but it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the next few novels.
I’m rating this book 3.5/5 stars.