Upon reading 2011’s Leviathan Wakes, it should be obvious why the series was later picked up for TV by the Sci-Fi Channel. The characters are engaging, the writing is clever, and the books are filled with cliffhangers leaving you wanting more. The brainchild of two authors, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the series has since grown to 6 books, and aside from one or two hiccups, the story has remained highly engaging. These are true page turners, and the authors have been churning out new books in rapid fashion.
Generally speaking, The Expanse tends towards the “soft sci fi” end of the spectrum; there’s certainly plenty of talk of scientific principles, rocket propulsion, vacuum dynamics and such, but ultimately this is a series about people, not technology. James Holden and his tight-knit crew will quickly find their way into your heart, and I eagerly await books 7+.
I’ll continue to update this review as new books in the series are published, but with 6 books in print, I’m comfortable declaring that this series is: Highly Recommended.
Rating: 3- Highly Recommended