Book Review: Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey

Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4)
by
James S.A. Corey

  Title: Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey
  Rating: 3 stars (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
  Publisher: Orbit

I fell off on my Expanse reading but I feel like this is a bit of a detour in the series and it's one I could have skipped. I had been excited to see what the first adventure after the Ring gate opened would be so I was primed to love this. Alas, I didn't.


Ilus/New Terra is the site of a land war between a group of Belters who make a colony in basically a land rush and a mining corporation. This is an interesting enough set up but not for an entire book. Holden and the crew of the Roci are pretty much on a mission to mediate between the two parties and it's pretty dicey. Behind the scenes is Fred Thompson of the re-branded OPA and Avasarala of Earth who needs things to be quelled but also to try to gain leverage for their respective factions. All in all, I'd have preferred for the land dispute to be the side story here. The characters were okay but didn't captivate my interest like the ones in Abbadon's Gate. Like, I'm not even going to bother listing and explaining by character but suffice it to say, Havelock is the only one I'll retain because I remember him from way back with Miller. By the end, I thought the best parts were the brief Bobbie sections and the Investigator interlude sections.

I'll definitely keep going with the series because overall it's awesome. It's completely usual to read a series and come across a book one feels they could skip and be just fine. I'm hoping for more Avasarala and Bobbie in the next book and just more enjoyment all around.



Summary: The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule.
But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet. Both sides will stop at nothing to defend what's theirs, but soon a terrible disease strikes and only Holden - with help from the ghostly Detective Miller - can find the cure.


Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4)
by
James S.A. Corey



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