Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey


Well, that was an interesting installment of The Expanse. It wasn't quite what I expected, and not exactly what I've been going to this series for, but it was still good. Cibola Burn accelerates humanity out of the solar system and onto the worlds that the Gate has made available to them. Or at least, onto the first world that they find outside of the solar system that is habitable without terraforming.

Unfortunately, this whole little adventure, while entertaining, seemed like a bit of a detour to me. At the end of Abbadon's gate, we've got the setup that having habitable worlds to colonize will kill Mars and its terraforming project. And the last chapter of Cibola Burn confirms that yeah, Mars is gonna be dead, it just doesn't know it yet.

This book also had some of the first character misses for me. Basia was pretty great, but both Elvi and Havelock started off as misses, Elvi because of how she was mooning after Holden and Havelock because he's such a good chameleon when it comes to beliefs, so for the first half, we just kept getting Murtry's beliefs recycled through Havelock's mouth. Not great. Elvi got way better by the end, and hey, I can't argue with the plot point that sometimes we just need physical touch, which she'd been denying herself, but Havelock just never caught me. I didn't hate him, I just... really didn't care? It'll be interesting to see how the pull off this arc in the show, where I feel like we left Havelock in a very different head space than where we left him in the books.

At this point I don't know if we're going to get them, but instead of coming up with all these new characters, I would love to get some viewpoint chapters from Naomi, Alex, or Amos.

Anyway, I still really enjoyed this book, even if it wasn't my favorite of the series. If you've loved it so far, keep reading!

4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.