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Easily the weakest of the series
am 8. Juli 2014
One of the problems with book series in scifi is that they start out with grand visions and soaring flights of the imagination, and then become more and more mundane and less imaginative as they go on. Larry Niven's "The Mote in God's Eye" is the prime example of this; now the "Expanse" series is moving right next to it.
To put it bluntly, a lot of this book -- especially the beginning -- is simply boring, with people we don't care about doing stuff that could be done anywhere. Instead of fascinating revelations of the protomolecule and its background, we have stuff that could be in the evening news if it were set on Earth. Instead of using the depth of the universe the authors have created, we're stuck in a small corner of it. Worse even, the characters we have grown to love are not allowed to interact and work their magic. This might work for a single TV episode, but for a whole book, it doesn't. We can only hope that book five will return to the old form.