Review: Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey

abaddon's gateThis series was perfect vacation reading, and I’m now caught up the first three seasons of the television show, which is all that has been released at the time of this writing. For a series that was supposed to be about “the little guys” who happen to get involved in solar system-spanning action, it seems like the little guys are awfully involved in what’s going on.

As much as I love Anna and Holden, and loved to hate one of the primary villains whose POV we get to see, I felt a little let down by the loss of Bobbie and Avasarala in this installment. The show does an excellent job of winding great characters into the main action that I missed here, and I’m especially okay with their decision to let a woman of color take on most of the role that Bull serves in the text.

In the grander scheme of things, the events that lead to the novel’s epic conclusion show that however much of a rift the presence and effect of the alien protomolecule puts in things, humanity’s greatest enemy will always be itself. I’m counting down the days until season 4 of The Expanse, and I’m already reading the next book in the series.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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