James S.A. Corey’s Nemesis Games is the fifth book of The Expanse, which is apparently going to be at least nine books before it’s all over. I mentioned, when talking about the last book, that the particular strength of this series is the way that the books “deftly combine human-scale problems with cosmic-scale mystery,” and that strength is in abundant supply here.

I’m not going to spoil the plot for you, which genuinely makes this book harder-than-usual to talk about, but I can safely say that it follows in the footsteps of previous books in the series, in that it breaks its own ground and moves things forward in ways that I wasn’t expecting at all.

This series started off great, and it’s only been getting better. Genuinely science-fictional ideas combine with great characters, excellent writing, and propulsive action to create something that’s either superb high-quality airport fiction or compellingly readable classic SF. Excellent stuff, super-recommended.


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