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The biggest science fiction series of the decade comes to an incredible conclusion in the ninth and final novel in James S.A. Corey’s Hugo-award winning space opera that inspired the Prime Original series.

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series

The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the 1,300 solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again.

In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter...and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.

As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win.

But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.  

©2021 James S.A. Corey (P)2021 Recorded Books, Inc.

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A successful closing of an incredible series

I was lucky to get into The Expanse only a year ago when most the the books had already been written. I only had to wait a month for the final installment and it did not disappointment. A great ending to a great series.

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Did NOT disappoint!

Been waiting for this book for a long time now like I'm sure many of you have and all the hope, trust and anticipation i had built up for the ending of this series (impossibly high my standards might have been) was well placed. Unlike so many series endings in the past that let me down this one finished strong and im extremely greatful for that fact 🙏. Intense thoughout, perfect balance of suspence and story/character development, [WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY OR ANY SPOILERS] i felt everything up to this point was well adressed and ended in a very satisfactory way. AMAZING SERIES ALL THE WAY TO THE FINISH LINE!!!👍👍⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Awesome conclusion to an awesome series!

If you haven't read The Expanse, do it. I started Leviathan Wakes less than two months ago and quickly burned through the series. They're all 5/5 except maybe one or two in the middle with too many POVs (Babylon's Ashes probably my least favorite but still like 4/5).

I'll refrain spoiling specific plot details and jist outline some things.

Leviathan Falls does an excellent job wrapping up the plot, although I still don't fully understand the uber alien things. The "Dreamer POV" chapters are confusing. Reminiscent of "The Investigator" chapters in Cibola Burn.

The main POVs are Jim Holden, Naomi Nagata, Elvi Okoye, and Aliana Tanaka (the woman Santiago Singh dismissed early in Tiamat's Wrath). Also several chapters from Teresa Duarte, and a few from Alex. Couple other randoms like Kit, Alex's son.

In general I appreciate returning to the smaller number of POV's found in the first few books and Tiamat's Wrath, although these four chars I would not call my favorites (well Elvie is probably top 3). Would have liked for some Amos POV especially considering what happened in Tiamat's Wrath, and more Teresa. Tanaka is hard for me to understand regarding her motivations. She was with that first generation of Martian defectors rather than brainwashed Laconian, and Duarte is no longer in great shape, so...I don't get her motivations but her POVs are still good. Jim is Jim, not the most interesting guy but always getting in exciting situations. I'm not a big fan of Naomi's chapters, probably because of how passive and weak she seems compared to most other chars. I prefer the TV Naomi.

I do like there are a lot more balanced POVs from gender perspectives. Sometimes you read one scene from one person's perspective and cover the same ground from another person's perspective, which is always interesting.

Jefferson Mays is perfect as usual. Only thing that could make this one better is if Avasarala were resurrected. Also miss Fred Johnson, some others, but what a journey! Literally the best series I've ever read of such length.

I'm pretty concerned as to how Amazon is going to wrap up, what, four books in one final season? I'm not getting my hopes up, though the TV version has been pretty good up to now, so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Not the End would've wanted

Worst book in series. Antagonists plot didn't seem all that bad and I think should have been fleshed out a bit better. Most of the book was kinda boring and looking back alot of the exciting story lines didn't really fit into the overall plot that well anyway.

The stage to me was set for something far more dramatic and nuanced. I think maybe this was due to the confines of fitting the story into a 19 hr audiobook.

A bit disappointed but happy these books at least get published on a reasonable timeline.

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More than Worth the Wait

This is, quite simply, the best science fiction I’ve read & listened to in pretty much forever. The imaginative, evocative, and intelligent writing here is easily the equal of all the great Hugo-winning authors/series from decades past, as well as all the wonderful sci-fi pulp that always afforded a welcome respite from so many of those “important” works.

This performance lives up to that in every way as well. Mr. May’s voices, cadences, and delivery are the perfect compliment to the wonderful writing.

The whole is simply superlative. Read the series, listen to the series, and even watch the series on Amazon. It’s just that good.

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My life is now complete

First sentence is excellent. I'll correct the rating later if the book declines from there.

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Thank you, James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays

Hard to believe it's been a decade + since it all started . What a ride. What a finish!
it's got everything I was hoping for and then some. Some day I hope there will be something new to see what happens next.. i'll be listening to this many more times.. and finding something new to hope for -- next .. Someday

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great book and great series

I'm going to miss not having another book to look forward too with the roci and crew.
this one made me a bit sad, all things come to an en.
it is very fitting and ties the ends up well.

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Breathtaking finale ! Wow oh Wow!

I don't want to drop spoilers, so all I will say is that this left me breathless and completely spellbound. I can honestly say I shed some tears - I want to live in and explore the world of The Expanse. James S.A. Corey have finished their space series perfectly, and I will reread this several times, as I have the other novels.

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Leviathan Falls

A beautiful, heartbreaking conclusion to the series. Thank you, James S.A. Corey & Jefferson Mays.

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  • 11-30-21

the expanse

it ended the only way I thought it could end
but still managed to throw in a surprise or two

what an incredible journey it has been

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