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The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again. In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again. In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before. As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win. But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.


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The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again. In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again. In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before. As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win. But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.

30 review for Leviathan Falls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    4.5/5 stars My last review of 2021 is for the conclusion to the first big space opera series of novels I’ve ever finished to its completion, and I’m glad it’s The Expanse. And so here we are, at the end of another long series. If you’ve been following my reading journey for a while, then you might realize that usually, the long series I finished are all epic fantasy series. This is why this review is a new milestone for me. Comprising of nine novels and multiple short stories and novellas, The Exp 4.5/5 stars My last review of 2021 is for the conclusion to the first big space opera series of novels I’ve ever finished to its completion, and I’m glad it’s The Expanse. And so here we are, at the end of another long series. If you’ve been following my reading journey for a while, then you might realize that usually, the long series I finished are all epic fantasy series. This is why this review is a new milestone for me. Comprising of nine novels and multiple short stories and novellas, The Expanse by James S.A. Corey duo is the first big space opera series ever finished to its completion. Yes, this is the end, and it’s an emotional and satisfying conclusion. Endings are hard to nail, and the authors should be proud of this achievement. “The love of a parent for their kid is the last thing to go.” Leviathan Falls continue from where Tiamat’s Wrath left off. But in a way, it also felt like a beginning of a new self-contained installment. It’s the final volume in the series, and although I didn’t feel like I was bored with any of the pages written here, I also wondered whether the first half of the novel—mainly Tanaka’s hunting session—needed to be that long. Honestly speaking, the only reason why Leviathan Falls didn’t receive a full 5 stars rating from me is due to Tanaka’s POV in the first half of the novel. Tanaka, as far as I know, is a new POV character in the series. I don’t have any issue with her POV per se, but I also didn’t feel like her character felt necessary to explore. Or even exist. Tanaka is actually an interesting character, and it’s great to have her on the opposing side of the crew of the Rocinante. But with or without her, the progression and the final result of the series will still be the same. This is the only minor issue I had on the book, and thankfully, Corey more than made up for it in the second half of the novel. “We also both know that when it comes to getting people to deny their own immediate needs in favor of a greater good, asking nicely almost never works.” As you can guess, although I had a good time reading the book, a part of me was also worried. Can Corey actually deliver a satisfying conclusion to the series or not? And they succeeded marvelously by making sure, one last time, that the core of the narrative began and ended with the crew of the Rocinante. The crew of the Rocinante has always been the heart and soul of the series since Leviathan Wakes, and I’m gratified we receive a relatively large focus on them in this final volume. I’ll be lying if I say I didn’t feel emotional with the character’s development and ending. The crew has come so far from where they started. The level of understanding and trust they have with each other goes beyond words; they no longer need words to understand each other. And when words spoken from the bottom of their hearts do get exchanged, they felt sincere and poignant. There were several scenes in Leviathan Falls where I’m reminded of the journeys they faced in the previous eight books, and it really felt like I lived through those with them. Corey has done an excellent job in making sure that the characters—not just the crew of the Rocinante—remain at the center of the narrative throughout the entire series. “Alex had heard the idea that a tool, used long enough and cared for well enough, developed a soul. He’d never been a religious man, but even without going to the supernatural, he felt like there was some truth in that.” Unfortunately, this is where I must part ways with the review. Everything else belongs in the spoiler-realm. I will, however, say this. The title Leviathan Falls is not only a badass title that works as a contrast to the first book of the series: Leviathan Wakes; there’s a deeper meaning behind this title, and I hope you’ll get to find out for yourself. Leviathan Falls is an outstanding and bittersweet conclusion to The Expanse series, and the future of science fiction—novels or television shows—is brighter with this duo’s contribution in the genre. Bravo, James S.A. Corey. ‘“I absolutely believe that people are more good on balance than bad,” he said. “All the wars and all of the cruelty and all of the violence. I’m not looking away from any of that, and I still think there’s something beautiful about being what we are. History is soaked in blood. The future probably will be too. But for every atrocity, there’s a thousand small kindnesses that no one noticed. A hundred people who spent their lives loving and caring for each other. A few moments of real grace.”’ Series review: Leviathan Wakes: 4/5 stars Caliban's War: 4.5/5 stars Abaddon's Gate: 2.5/5 stars Cibola Burn: 4/5 stars Nemesis Games: 4.5/5 stars Babylon's Ashes: 3.5/5 stars Persepolis Rising: 3.5/5 stars Tiamat's Wrath: 4.5/5 stars Leviathan Falls: 4.5/5 stars The Expanse: 35.5/45 stars You can order this book from: Blackwells (Free International shipping) You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions | I also have a Booktube channel Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Alfred, Andrew, Annabeth, Ben, Blaise, Diana, Dylan, Edward, Element, Ellen, Ellis, Gary, Hamad, Helen, Jimmy Nutts, Jennifer, Joie, Luis, Lufi, Melinda, Meryl, Mike, Miracle, Neeraja, Nicholas, Oliver, ReignBro, Reno, Samuel, Sarah, Sarah, Scott, Xero, Wendy, Wick, Wouter, Zoe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Foojit

    Why do people rate books that have not been released? What is the logic?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I can’t believe it’s done!! 😕 I’m really going to miss you guys and girls. The ending made me happy and sad 😕🥺. Mel 🖤🐶🖤🐾 I can’t believe it’s done!! 😕 I’m really going to miss you guys and girls. The ending made me happy and sad 😕🥺. Mel 🖤🐶🖤🐾

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    It's hard to imagine this final installment being any more satisfying. The whole epic story arc comes full circle in the most gratifying of ways, with a return to the Roci and the original crew confronting overwhelming odds in a bid to unite humanity and save it from the unknown. And, of course, from ourselves. Along with extra servings of the usual nostalgia and sentimentality (the series has always bordered on the mawkish) and the slow burn buildup of tension, there's also some mind melting as It's hard to imagine this final installment being any more satisfying. The whole epic story arc comes full circle in the most gratifying of ways, with a return to the Roci and the original crew confronting overwhelming odds in a bid to unite humanity and save it from the unknown. And, of course, from ourselves. Along with extra servings of the usual nostalgia and sentimentality (the series has always bordered on the mawkish) and the slow burn buildup of tension, there's also some mind melting astrophysics and xenobiology based hard sci-fi as many of the mysteries surrounding both the protomolecule civilization and the enigmatic gate entities are revealed. One of the surprise highlights for me was the Colonel Tanaka POV, which shares the stage on equal terms with the rest. She's a ruthless, remorseless and relentless hunter. Just the type of vindictive, cold blooded character you absolutely love to hate. The ending is monumentally epic, with an ironic little twist that is just perfect, and which for some reason reminded me of (view spoiler)[the BSG television series finale (hide spoiler)] . The Expanse has been an amazing journey, and Leviathan Falls is really the icing on the cake that this incredible series deserves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Durham Jones

    Giving it one star because it hasn’t been released yet. You gotta earn 5 stars ‘round these parts. EDIT: I’ll bump it up to three stars while I finish it just to appease all the salty trolls who are dragging me. EDIT 2: Wow. Possibly the most satisfying conclusion to a long running series I have ever read. It has it all. Action, humanity, satisfying resolutions, and all your favourite characters get time on page. I’m not going to leave any spoilers here, no doubt if you’ve read the previous 8 inst Giving it one star because it hasn’t been released yet. You gotta earn 5 stars ‘round these parts. EDIT: I’ll bump it up to three stars while I finish it just to appease all the salty trolls who are dragging me. EDIT 2: Wow. Possibly the most satisfying conclusion to a long running series I have ever read. It has it all. Action, humanity, satisfying resolutions, and all your favourite characters get time on page. I’m not going to leave any spoilers here, no doubt if you’ve read the previous 8 installments you don’t want to see them, but know that this book os very satisfying to finish and doesn’t leave you hanging. Get into it!! Now I’m off to rate Winds of Winter as one star, because it doesn’t exist…….

  6. 4 out of 5

    J Rhodes

    Leviathan Falls is... difficult to sum up. The ninth book in The Expanse series has been a long time coming and stands as a remarkable achievement regardless of quality. With that said, and as someone who's followed this series from the third novel, Falls is also the most boring 'epic conclusion' to a long-running series that I've ever read. There will be unmarked spoilers throughout this review. The Expanse series has always had a few recurring issues. Uneven pacing, prosaic insights, and shallo Leviathan Falls is... difficult to sum up. The ninth book in The Expanse series has been a long time coming and stands as a remarkable achievement regardless of quality. With that said, and as someone who's followed this series from the third novel, Falls is also the most boring 'epic conclusion' to a long-running series that I've ever read. There will be unmarked spoilers throughout this review. The Expanse series has always had a few recurring issues. Uneven pacing, prosaic insights, and shallow characterization. Plots that are too thin for their word count. A feeling that the series is repeating itself, repeating itself, repeating itself. All of these are present in the final book in the series. It is somewhat disheartening but not surprising. The Corey team has a formula that's worked so well for them so far, so, one shouldn't expect them to change it--and yet... Perhaps the part of the novel that was surprising was the overall thrust of the novel and series, especially as Falls gets into some of the topics that the previous eight books have refused to really engage with--such as the Protomolecule, the mysterious builders, and the even more mysterious beings that killed them. For some of this, the Corey team has said that The Expanse is not interested in sci-fi extrapolation as much as it is human characters and relationships. But I feel that Leviathan Falls reveals that, perhaps, the Corey team simply wasn't capable of actually writing about the more esoteric sci-fi ideas in the series. The thing that struck me most about Leviathan Falls was how long it took to get moving. At 25% of the way into the novel, I jotted down a note that I was surprised how little had happened, and I am someone who has a fair amount of patience for slow-burning stories. To be completely honest, I was skimming more than a few chapters. The story is primarily split into four perspectives--Tanaka, Naomi, Elvi and, of course, Jim Holden. Colonel Tanaka of Laconia is tasked to find the returned-to-awareness High Consul Duarte and decides to focus on capturing his daughter, Teresa Duarte, to get to him. As Teresa is with Holden, known enemy of Laconia, this is a bit of a conflict. This little plot constitutes the first half or so of the book and is fairly irrelevant to what comes later. Meanwhile, Elvi's chapters consist of fairly meaningless exposition about the mysterious builders and what killed them, like it was written to give the fans something to pore over. Jim and Naomi just kind of wait for the plot to happen while evading Tanaka more through luck and circumstance than skill or planning. There are other perspective characters scattered throughout and they're all kind of odd--especially Kit. The plot kicks off about halfway into the novel, and it's actually somewhat interesting. And yet it also feels like a letdown. Unsurprisingly, High Consul Duarte functions as the primary antagonist with the mysterious consciousness-devouring 'goths' relegated to a storm in the distance. Like most Expanse protagonists, Duarte's trying to do something abhorrent in the name of what he thinks is the greater good. Unlike most Expanse protagonists, his plan is merely abhorrent instead of abhorrent and stupid, so, he's somewhat more intriguing than those who have come before. And yet he barely features in the novel. And, to be blunt, the idea of the final novel consisting of stopping Duarte feels rather weak after what the previous novels had set up. To return to the previous idea I raised--it isn't that the writers wanted to do it, it isn't that their plan ended with Tanaka snapping Duarte's neck, but that they couldn't deliver on the idea of a weird sci-fi odyssey to stop the beings from outside time and space. This can also be seen in The Dreamer interludes in Falls, which are remarkably obtuse and a pale imitation of the wonderful Investigator interludes from Cibola Burn. Leviathan Falls is held back by another recurring issue of the series--that is, an inability to take chances or risks. A clear example of this is the character of Amos. While he is one of my favorite characters, and a general fan favorite, he is a character who should've stayed dead after he was shot in the eighth book. He's practically a walking plot device in Falls, and his reveal in the epilogue is more eye-roll inducing than touching or interesting. This is part of the reason why I found Falls so disappointing. For a final novel in an epic series, it all feels remarkably safe. Another issue that harms the novel is an inability to treat the reader like they're smart, like they've read eight books of this epic and have some familiarity with the setting and events that have transpired. For a novel that should be an epic conclusion, the novel spends far too much time reiterating things we've seen before. Frankly, every major set piece within Falls feels like we've seen it before. Given that we are nine books into a series, one could argue that's to be expected, and yet... There are some big moments in Falls, however. The thing is, they feel like they've been coming for a long time and therefore some of the effects are lost. I laid down a set of predictions before cracking the book open and, checking them again now, I had a hit rate of seven out of eight. Is this bad? Not necessarily. But it comes back to that core complaint that the novel is just kind of boring. It's the last book in an epic series and it resolves, well, pretty much exactly as you think it might. There's something good in that, but there's something disappointing, too. One thing that did surprise me was how the writing had slipped. This is not usually an issue I had with these novels--the Corey team has always been consistent and competent. Perhaps it's the usual issue of experienced talent longer getting good editorial feedback now that they're successful, I'm not sure, but there were more than a few times where it felt like a chapter or scene had a perfect line or moment to end on... and then continued on for three or four more lines, really deflating the energy of the section or effect of a particular line. It was also more than a little annoying at how many chapters would retell sections of chapters immediately previous. So, what's the final take on Leviathan Falls? It's tough. Is it terrible? No. It's not a bad ending but it's also not a particularly great one. While the conclusion may make people think of Mass Effect 3, it isn't close to that kind of failure. It just needed some better planning and pacing and less aversion to risks. As it is, it's a very safe entry that will please fans without risking anything controversial or memorable. When I ended Tiamat's Wrath, the eighth book in the series, I had the distinct impression that Leviathan Falls would be rough, if only because of the sheer amount of ground it would have to cover. In the end, the conclusion to The Expanse feels like a condensed version of a story that should've been spread across multiple novels. There isn't so much the sensation of jigsaw pieces falling into place as new pieces being hastily cut to fit and slammed into the puzzle. There's a comment on Reddit that sums up the whole book and ending perfectly, I think. "Can't go wrong with an ending that isn't an utter dumpster fire, right?" Leviathan Falls is not a bad ending but it's remarkably only in the sense that it isn't a dumpster fire. I don't think I'll ever think about it again, and it won't be a part of the overall series that I remember fondly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Felt like peturbing people; but we both know it will be 1'373 stars. Felt like peturbing people; but we both know it will be 1'373 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.5 Stars Video Discussion: https://youtu.be/meuAxaz6U4Y Thus was an exciting conclusion to one of my all time favourite space opera series. The character arcs in this final installment were on point with some highly emotional moments.  I am sad to see an end to this beloved series and hope the authors write more stories in this universe. I did expect a bit more from the ending, which I discuss more in my video review, but overall I really enjoyed this last book.  I would highly recommend this entir 4.5 Stars Video Discussion: https://youtu.be/meuAxaz6U4Y Thus was an exciting conclusion to one of my all time favourite space opera series. The character arcs in this final installment were on point with some highly emotional moments.  I am sad to see an end to this beloved series and hope the authors write more stories in this universe. I did expect a bit more from the ending, which I discuss more in my video review, but overall I really enjoyed this last book.  I would highly recommend this entire series to sci fi newbies and avid fans, but you will have to start back at the beginning with Leviathan Wakes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I cried, because I am nothing if not predictable. This was a good ending, but I'm not sure five stars worth? Also, I'm not sure what exactly happened there at the end. Mostly, I'm even more excited to do my full-series re-read in 2022. I did all of these except #4 on audio the first time through (because Jefferson Mays didn't originally record that one) so I spent 2021 slowly collecting the paperbacks in preparation for my re-read (I also will be purchasing the 10th anniversary special edition o I cried, because I am nothing if not predictable. This was a good ending, but I'm not sure five stars worth? Also, I'm not sure what exactly happened there at the end. Mostly, I'm even more excited to do my full-series re-read in 2022. I did all of these except #4 on audio the first time through (because Jefferson Mays didn't originally record that one) so I spent 2021 slowly collecting the paperbacks in preparation for my re-read (I also will be purchasing the 10th anniversary special edition of Leviathan Wakes very soon because it is *gorgeous*). I fully anticipate having a different reaction, or maybe a more nuanced understanding of, these last three books when I revisit them. For now, I am pleased. It's not just the title of this book that's circular. Events are mirrored and reflected from Leviathan Wakes throughout the book, and the Corey duo seem like they had something definite to say about humanity, and I think they said it well. I thought all of these characters got good resolutions, and as mentioned previously, I did cry, and I cried because I hate endings, but also because it was a good ending. They were bittersweet tears, because bittersweet endings always get me like that. I'm wondering now if my approach to reading this one was wrong. I savored the audio, and listened to it over more than a week. I think this might actually be the kind of book you need to read as fast as possible, to get its full affect. That's harder to do by audio, but also harder to do when you don't want to let go. If you somehow still haven't read this series, I highly recommend that you do. It's finished now, so you won't even have any waiting at all. [4.5 stars]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is it. The final book of the series that has quickly become one of my favorites. It has also spawned a television show which has also become one of my favorites. In this one, we have the looming threat that could destroy the whole universe while dealing with the threat of Laconia. Not helping the cause is that on the Roci is Teresa who is the daughter of the person in charge of Laconia. Can mankind put aside differences so they can come together to save itself? I was so apprehensive going in This is it. The final book of the series that has quickly become one of my favorites. It has also spawned a television show which has also become one of my favorites. In this one, we have the looming threat that could destroy the whole universe while dealing with the threat of Laconia. Not helping the cause is that on the Roci is Teresa who is the daughter of the person in charge of Laconia. Can mankind put aside differences so they can come together to save itself? I was so apprehensive going into this book. Will it live up to all of its predecessors? There have been eight novels and a number of short stories and not one bad offering. Please meet expectations and I am here to tell you it does. Right away I was back in this universe. Immediately I felt like I was on the Roci with Jim, Naomi, Alex, and Amos. What this series does and what good science fiction should do is tell a story while showcasing messages within the story. This book does that. Once again it shows how family can be the one you are born into or one that develops with strangers over time. It has several other themes like is what do we sacrifice to save a the greater total. This book wasn't perfect as I wasn't completely into the antagonist who carried most of the action. I didn't think she measured up to other antagonists in this universe. I also thought it was a little slow at first. The ending was spectacular and brought out "the feels". It felt like we went full circle from the beginning and it wasn't forced. I applaud the authors for this and I could read the ending over and over and never get tired of it. This wasn't the best book of the series. Let's face it. That was going to be hard to achieve as the standards for this series is so much higher than other series. I am here to say that it delivered for a finale and I am more than satisfied. This book and series has been fantastic and I am sad to see that it has ended. I know that I will be revisiting this book and series sometime in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steph White

    There is always a fear with a final volume in a long and complex series. Will the author(s) land the ending? In this case, yes they absolutely did. I’m not going to say anything about the plot - given I’m writing on publication day having torn through it in less than five hours - except that it grows organically, with all its twists and turns, out of the characters of the people involved, their judgements, their choices, their human desires, to an astonishing climactic sequence. This is high qua There is always a fear with a final volume in a long and complex series. Will the author(s) land the ending? In this case, yes they absolutely did. I’m not going to say anything about the plot - given I’m writing on publication day having torn through it in less than five hours - except that it grows organically, with all its twists and turns, out of the characters of the people involved, their judgements, their choices, their human desires, to an astonishing climactic sequence. This is high quality space opera, yes, but it’s more than that, it’s deeply emotional and beautifully written. A brilliant series gets the ending it deserves.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Silvana

    Been an honor shipping with you, crew of Rocinante. The first time I read the series was back in 2016 so four books were already published. I finished all four in the span of twelve days - I got addicted. Five years later - and a TV show in between - the final book, this one, was finally published. I am satisfied with the journey. It's been an exhilarating, multiple-g crushing ride. The Expanse has always been my go-to recommendation to any friend or acquaintances who want to try an SF series wit Been an honor shipping with you, crew of Rocinante. The first time I read the series was back in 2016 so four books were already published. I finished all four in the span of twelve days - I got addicted. Five years later - and a TV show in between - the final book, this one, was finally published. I am satisfied with the journey. It's been an exhilarating, multiple-g crushing ride. The Expanse has always been my go-to recommendation to any friend or acquaintances who want to try an SF series with more elements of hard SF but good depiction of human relationship and inner psyches. I hope they would continue till the end like me. Is it a smooth ride till the end, you ask? I guess that depends. I was losing sleep in the last couple of days - which might affect my brain process - so I found it quite difficult to grasp some of the alien threat discourse. Half of Elvi's chapters just went over my head. What I enjoyed the most from the series has been the characters, their relationships, and the conflict between human kind, war and peace and everything in between. It's the human vs human one. Not some vague alien threat beyond, all the abstracts and speculation of why X did Y, if you know what I mean. I think the last book - for me - fell short in that front. But. Despite all of that, and while I would love to see more action and less inner monologue, I was still very much glued to my Kindle screen. Even the new POV, the battle-hardened marine colonel Tanaka, got me invested. Corey is really good in making seemingly unlikable characters to be exciting for the readers, just like what they did to Clarissa Mao. How about the crew of The Expanse? I think the portrayal of their battle-weary selves were spot on. You can just feel their tiredness, you know, the sense of wanting to keep fighting and idealism, but there's also some resignation and realism in it. They knew what they signed in for, and like The Roci itself, their old, broken selves did the best they could. All in all, it is a fantastic series that I am thrilled to have the opportunity to experience. Thank you, Ty and Dan.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Tullos

    I have many thoughts. It's easy to screw up the ending to such a long, big series. Well that doesn't happen here, there's a lot of good reveals and a solid conclusion. It's depressing, not what many fans are going to want, but it makes perfect sense. And it's still hopeful. We'll find our own way back to the stars. I have many thoughts. It's easy to screw up the ending to such a long, big series. Well that doesn't happen here, there's a lot of good reveals and a solid conclusion. It's depressing, not what many fans are going to want, but it makes perfect sense. And it's still hopeful. We'll find our own way back to the stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Kelsey

    Those crazy bastards stuck the landing. They actually did it. What an incredible series this was.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This is so good. I can repeat these words until my jaw drops off or until the elder gods pry open our universe and come slithering through, but I have to assume that saying them once, here, in this review, is sufficient. Because this book is so damn good. It's been a long time coming. I've been in awe ever since the first book came out, through the time when I met these two authors and enjoyed them reading excerpts from Cibola Burn, through the tv series, each fantastic book since, and the last tr This is so good. I can repeat these words until my jaw drops off or until the elder gods pry open our universe and come slithering through, but I have to assume that saying them once, here, in this review, is sufficient. Because this book is so damn good. It's been a long time coming. I've been in awe ever since the first book came out, through the time when I met these two authors and enjoyed them reading excerpts from Cibola Burn, through the tv series, each fantastic book since, and the last trilogy that jumped ahead far enough to see a changed galaxy. Twice. And every single time, I've fallen all the way into the text and lived in it with utter joy, horror, pathos, and laughter. This is what I consider top-notch SF. And this particular book is the crown and joy of the series. Some series can't pull off good ends, but this one does it with flying colors. All those great hints and beginnings in Leviathan Wakes, all the nasty surprises, the supreme twists, the deep foundations, it all comes back around and GETS RESOLVED. Jim, Naomi, Amos, Alex. The originals. Even Miller. All the others that had come and gone throughout the series. They all got a fantastic sendoff. Notable sendoffs? No spoilers. But, my lordy, Jim and Amos got the chef's kiss. Brilliant.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Char

    I’m wrecked, but I’m a good way. I’m sad to say goodbye to Jim, Naomi, Amos and Alex.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Oh, my heart. I really didn't know how they'd wrap everything up in just one book but damn! They did it - and brilliantly! The Empire has fallen, the emperor Duarte is ... gone ... kinda. His second in command is trying to keep that under wraps but it's a losing battle. So when Duarte re-awakens (again: kinda) and suddenly has awesome powers, we know that shit is happening. Elvi Okoye, the scientist, has been expecting the other shoe to drop for a while, whichi s why she stayed in a dead system to Oh, my heart. I really didn't know how they'd wrap everything up in just one book but damn! They did it - and brilliantly! The Empire has fallen, the emperor Duarte is ... gone ... kinda. His second in command is trying to keep that under wraps but it's a losing battle. So when Duarte re-awakens (again: kinda) and suddenly has awesome powers, we know that shit is happening. Elvi Okoye, the scientist, has been expecting the other shoe to drop for a while, whichi s why she stayed in a dead system to try and find out what the Builders were and what killed them - with very unorthodox methods. But we ARE talking about a race to save humanity as a whole. So whatever needs doing. Holden, Naomi, Alex and Amos are on the Roci - together with Duarte's daughter who ran away with them (and her dog) in the previous book. Yes, you read that correctly, Amos is indeed back (not really a spoiler). But Duarte's daughter Teresa is painting a target on their back. In short: the entire book is a race. A race against Laconian forces, a race against the new Duarte, a rage against the aliens that killed the Builders and now want to do the same to humanity. And all of it done by an aging crew in an aging ship. The Laconian forces, the Resistance, the aliens (both kinds), the roci and her crew ... we've come full circle. Nothing was redundant, nothing was out of place. The writing was as compelling as ever, the characters either as infuriating (Naomi) or as wonderful (Amos) as I remmebered them. It was all very smart and very rewarding (yes, I cheered once or twice) and very emotional and very aggravating and very thrilling and very heart-attack-inducing. Unputdownable is a word often used for books and I'll be damned if it doesn't apply to this one. P.S.: No, I don't think this review does the book or the series justice but my emotions are still over the place so this will have to do. I need to hug a pillow now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Expanse as a series was as I believe always about change and change in scale humanity has to face. After all this time it was impossible to keep escalating and it ended in the only way it could, really... A fitting end. Hard to believe that this series followed me through my uni years.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Well. Nine big novels and several novellas and I want more? Especially with that ending. This somehow felt like a very circular series, like the ending of this book was in some ways a mirror to where we started. Which, I suppose, is very fitting. To me, this series has always exceeded in its characters and its human moments. Despite being such a vast setting and vast, galaxies-spanning plot, it always felt smaller and more contained, in a way that I really, really like. Look, at the end of the da Well. Nine big novels and several novellas and I want more? Especially with that ending. This somehow felt like a very circular series, like the ending of this book was in some ways a mirror to where we started. Which, I suppose, is very fitting. To me, this series has always exceeded in its characters and its human moments. Despite being such a vast setting and vast, galaxies-spanning plot, it always felt smaller and more contained, in a way that I really, really like. Look, at the end of the day, I’m in this for team Roci. I’m a simple woman that way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alena Reading

    I think my nostalgia of loving the first few books of this series skewed my perception of the whole thing and made me think I enjoyed it much more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong, I'm still very happy to have read The Expanse in its entirety and would recommend it to lovers of space opera. It just didn't excite or move me the same way the first 3-5 novels did. Maybe I just got tired of reading so many books with the same characters and sometimes similar plotlines. It got to a point where I think my nostalgia of loving the first few books of this series skewed my perception of the whole thing and made me think I enjoyed it much more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong, I'm still very happy to have read The Expanse in its entirety and would recommend it to lovers of space opera. It just didn't excite or move me the same way the first 3-5 novels did. Maybe I just got tired of reading so many books with the same characters and sometimes similar plotlines. It got to a point where I finished listening to this audiobook and realized that I didn't remember much that happened in it, even though it's only been a few days. It's a decent series but I'm not sure I'm going to be calling it one of my favorites anymore.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    3.5 stars The end. How strange to know in the moment that something precious was ending, and still have it change nothing. Either it was a sign of her devastation or a tribute to how good their life together was and had been.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Paulson

    Seriously fantastic! As a bookseller at an Independent Bookstore I received an advanced listening copy of Leviathan Falls through Libro.fm . It was gorgeously written and if this series has to end this was the way to go ❤️ I loved it 😌

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gary K Bibliophile

    BEWARE - books 7 & 8 minor spoilers ahead 🚧 The Expanse is easily my favorite SciFi book series. It’s one of the primary factors that reinvigorated my love of reading and pushed my books per year from 3-4 to 50+. With nine major books, several novellas, and 5000 some pages later…. It comes to an end. I didn’t want it to, but here we are. And what an ending it was! After books 5-6 and 7-8 were paired stories that went together- I fully expected that this would be paired with another. After finishi BEWARE - books 7 & 8 minor spoilers ahead 🚧 The Expanse is easily my favorite SciFi book series. It’s one of the primary factors that reinvigorated my love of reading and pushed my books per year from 3-4 to 50+. With nine major books, several novellas, and 5000 some pages later…. It comes to an end. I didn’t want it to, but here we are. And what an ending it was! After books 5-6 and 7-8 were paired stories that went together- I fully expected that this would be paired with another. After finishing it I think the pacing was about right and if anything books 7-8-9 are meant to be read as a set. Here’s an exchange early in the book… Jim unstrapped from the crash couch and swung around. The bearings hissed as it shifted under his weight. “I’m heading down to the galley for a minute” he said. “Grab a coffee for me too” Alex said. “No - no - not coffee - I may be up to some camomile or warm milk. Something soothing and unagressive”. [Jim] “Sounds good” Alex said “When you change your mind and get some coffee grab one for me too” Now that dialogue could have been lifted from any of the nine books and I’m pretty sure most of you wouldn’t have been able to guess which one without googling it or something. I’m probably falling victim of the familiarity principle… but I don’t mind the repeat themes one damn bit 😀. I really love the characters in these stories as well as the dialogue. Jim, Naomi, Amos, and Alex feel like part of my extended literary family…. the same way Frodo, Sam, and Gandalf are OR Geralt, Yennifer, and Ciri OR Vin, Elend, Kelsier, and Sazed OR Roland, Eddie, and Susannah… these characters are special to me and while I’m sad that their stories are over… I feel my life has been enriched by my time with them. It had been about a year and a half since I finished book 8. I admit I had gone back and did a quick Wikipedia refresher to remind myself of the finer details I had forgotten. Essentially Leviathan Falls picks up right after Tiamat’s Wrath. Our reunited crew (plus one) is on the run from the down (but not out) Laconian empire. The ‘ancient enemy’ that destroyed ‘the gate builders’ is becoming increasingly disruptive in our - and gate connected galaxies. (Now I could have spoiler tagged that, but hey - that’s from way back in book 3 😜). The stakes are as high as they can get in this one. All of humanity is at risk of being wiped out as the same destroyer of the builders is getting increasingly angry. Ships are going Dutchman at an increasing rate - and other weird phenomenon. These are powerful beings… it kind of reminds me of Q on Star Trek TNG on an episode where he has been stripped of his powers. When faced with an interplanetary disaster he offers a suggestion to help Picard… “it’s so obvious… we just change the gravitational constant of the universe thereby altering the mass of the mass of the asteroid“ - which he couldn’t do since he lost his powers. Yeah - they are that powerful - a lot meaner though 😀 As with the other books there is a fair amount of action. I am a bit disappointed that some sequences seemed like they were dropped on the cutting room floor… like authors were getting a bit lazy. A chapter would end with something exciting about to happen and a new chapter would begin with a new POV… and a brief summary of the action would be glossed over. “There were bodies everywhere!” … wait.. WTF just happened? 😀. Maybe they got tired of fan criticism about the physics of things?? I miss that though - maybe it’s not perfect, but I like the entertainment value 😀 Speaking of POVs … the first book cycled between two - Holden and Miller. By the second book they branched out a bit and went to 3-4 POVS. Then book 5 came along and our crew split up… so we had to have more just to follow what was going on. I remember the pleasant surprise I had reading that hitting a chapter ‘Alex’ - and I thought “That’s pretty cool”. Leviathan Falls by far has the most POVS of any story - maybe a dozen. It’s a complicated story so it makes sense. There’s even a few new characters tossed in . The “Interludes” reminded me a lot of book 4. “It reaches out - It reaches out”. That was cool how that concluded too. Another literary device the authors use a LOT - is the repeated use of literary juxtaposition when describing things. Saying what appears to be a clear statement of fact followed by one or more alternatives that are often completely different. Although it tends to be more wordy I always liked this writing style as it shows there are shades of gray when arriving at most decisions. I thought the ending was really well done. I especially liked the Epilogue 😀. I have to spoiler tag this one … (view spoiler)[the scene towards the end when they confront Duarte made me think of Apocalypse Now… when they finally found Kurtz… a man broken and insane - caught up in his own madness - I also was so pleased at the return of Miller!!! (hide spoiler)] . Now that it’s over I guess now I will just have to decide how long I should wait before I reread it 😀

  24. 5 out of 5

    Juliano Dutra

    2.5. First, the "end" was fine - no stars taken for any decisions. Second, it's not a bad book, but felt as an unnecessary book. It felt like an extended prologue, in which moving 5 chapters to book 8 would make it unnecessary for the series. All the "insights" that are peculiar do the series end up repeating themselves. All the dynamics of the couples are the same - you can pick a line from Holden, Fayez or Kit (Alex son) and exchange one for another - you have the same characterization... To me, 2.5. First, the "end" was fine - no stars taken for any decisions. Second, it's not a bad book, but felt as an unnecessary book. It felt like an extended prologue, in which moving 5 chapters to book 8 would make it unnecessary for the series. All the "insights" that are peculiar do the series end up repeating themselves. All the dynamics of the couples are the same - you can pick a line from Holden, Fayez or Kit (Alex son) and exchange one for another - you have the same characterization... To me, worst part is - after 8 books with little extrapolation of the "Hard Sci-fi" part of the series (protomolecule, mysterious beings..) and focusing on the social relationships, they now have a book where the plot is trying to engage hard on the sci-fi, but they only bring more events, effects, etc without any Causality explanations. It feels like the authors were not prepared to explore Sci-fi elements - the arc of the series would be a lot better explored in the fantasy genre. Another thing that gave the "sensation": Sometimes, sci-fi authors have to deal with ideas/elements/beings that are beyond human understanding. When you read Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, etc., they usually know how to convey this feeling to the reader. In Leviathan Falls, the authors use some repetition of words and an attempt at some lyrical prose that is prosaic and boring. The good thing is, the series have great books and highlights, and she doesn't need that final part to be savored, appreciated. The thing is, the "SCI-FI" part ir frustrating to the people that got through 8 previous books...

  25. 5 out of 5

    kelsey

    i simply do not understand what it is about the expanse series that brings out so many complaints about ratings before release on every book’s page. this is the ninth book in the series who still cares about reviews

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    An excellent final book in the series that gives each of the characters I've come to know over the last decade a chance to shine. An excellent final book in the series that gives each of the characters I've come to know over the last decade a chance to shine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Too many 4-5 star reviews for a book that hasn't been released yet. Too many 4-5 star reviews for a book that hasn't been released yet.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Florin Pitea

    A spectacular ending to an ambitious series. Recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    William

    Leviathan Falls is the ninth book in James S.A. Corey's wildly popular The Expanse series. It picks up where Tiamat's Wrath left off, after The Siege Of Laconia. The ring entity attacks are becoming more frequent and severe, Laconia and La Resistance are both in disarray, Elvi isn't making much progress with The Library, but at least Muskrat learned to pee in a space diaper. It's a minor victory, but as Joe Abercrombie would say, “A man lost in the desert must take such water as he is offered, n Leviathan Falls is the ninth book in James S.A. Corey's wildly popular The Expanse series. It picks up where Tiamat's Wrath left off, after The Siege Of Laconia. The ring entity attacks are becoming more frequent and severe, Laconia and La Resistance are both in disarray, Elvi isn't making much progress with The Library, but at least Muskrat learned to pee in a space diaper. It's a minor victory, but as Joe Abercrombie would say, “A man lost in the desert must take such water as he is offered, no matter who it comes from.” I love all the books in this series, and it would be impossible for me to rank them, but I enjoyed Leviathan Falls as much as the rest. Anyone who's read the series up to this point is almost certainly going to read the last one, so there isn't much need for a review. I'll just say "you are in for a treat."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Tenfingers

    This was a fine book, I'm happy to have read it, I'm happy to have been along for the ride of this whole series...but this final instalment wasn't Great. I'm left thinking what I thought a few books ago, that this series really should have ended sooner. I loved our new PoV, Tanaka. A great character to hate but not really. The protomolecule storyline was good and finally dominated the plot of a book, but it was a lot like sci-fi we've been exposed to previously (view spoiler)[ hello the Borg. Re This was a fine book, I'm happy to have read it, I'm happy to have been along for the ride of this whole series...but this final instalment wasn't Great. I'm left thinking what I thought a few books ago, that this series really should have ended sooner. I loved our new PoV, Tanaka. A great character to hate but not really. The protomolecule storyline was good and finally dominated the plot of a book, but it was a lot like sci-fi we've been exposed to previously (view spoiler)[ hello the Borg. Resistance is futile, you shall be assimilated... (hide spoiler)] . And I liked being out in space imagining what it could be like to live in so many different environments, one of the main highlights of this series. But there was also a lot of filler, navel-gazing, blathering on reminiscing about how long the Roci crew had been together, how well they knew each other, how well they knew the ship...it got really boring at times and was very repetitive. Like maybe they didn't want to finish writing this? Or maybe they ran out of juice and didn't know what to write?? Overall this was a really good series and I'm glad I made it to the end. I just wish it had ended with a bit more of a bang, and that throughout the series the protomolecule and aliens had played a bigger role.

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