My thoughts on “Cibola Burn” [Expanse #04]

Cibola Burn

A very enjoyable read with a more focused plot. The action is basically in one place, surrounding a group of people and three ships orbiting everything.

A new planet with a breathable atmosphere: who doesn’t want to give it a try? And who owns it? Who can have the right to explore its resources? Who can research it? Who can give it a name? How to use its natural resources to feed everybody? How to build civilization from scratch in a an unknown territory, with unknown fauna and flora?

All these questions are intertwined in this story in a masterful way inspired by the old known power struggles of colonization and its dangers. But in space!

James Holden and the Rocinante crew are sent to try to solve escalating tensions between the original settlers of this new planet and RCE (Royal Charter Energy), a research company who claims the planet’s ownership. On top of the local tensions, bigger issues of an extraterrestrial nature begins to create an impossible life and death situation for everybody.

Naomi and Amos are badass as always, Alex is the best pilot in the universe and Elvi Okoye gives fascinating observations about microbiology.

โ€œApocalyptic explosions, dead reactors, terrorists, mass murder, death-slugs, and now a blindness plague. This is a terrible planet. We should not have come here.โ€
โ€• James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn

One of my favourite books in the series because it has the perfect balance between action, plot and character struggles.


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