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Publisher's Summary

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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Flawless!

An absolute tour de force and flawless ending to an incredible serie! Rarely do series this long stay riveting from beginning to end. If lucky you get the first 3 books as great but with the quality of the writing declining exponentially as more volumes are added. Not the case with The Expanse Serie. It is the exception to this rule and wow! What an ending!! In my opinion, this is up there with the other great sci-fi series of all time: Dune (those written by Frank Herbert), the Culture novels!

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Satisfying conclusion to an epic story

Jefferson Mays competently narrates a well foreshadowed and satisfying conclusion to the best modern SciFi series.

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Great finale

This series has created a fantastic world building, the humans we know in this story may end but the story isn’t over. Origins or aftermath I’m looking forward to more.

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One hell of a Journey

Amazing, what a journey!! from the writing to the narration this series echoes the deepest senses of humanity and will always sit in a special place in my mind. I don't have proper words to describe all the things I loved about It, but that's ok.
I wish anyone who reads this comment a tremendous life!

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kinda sad the series is over

but it ended well when you think about it.
best if you've read all the books and short stories.

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Simply Fantastic!

This book series, and the video series has completely changed the way I view science fiction. Absolutely fantastic series. The amount of actual science in the series put other sci-fi to shame.

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End of an amazing series

hgihly recommend. Time well wasted.
Jefferson Mayes did it well.
Amos was performed to perfection.


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amazing ending to an incredible series

Jefferson Mays is flawless as always, and the writers really brought this to a satisfying close. 10/10 will read again.

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The expance as it should be.

Great end to a huge story. Amos,Alex,Holden, Naomi,Drapper,Clorisa and the rest.
Doors and corners.

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loved it

great narrative and I am only sad the series is done! please expand the series!

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  • 2021-12-01

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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A note regarding reviews stating this book is the worst in the series, the ending is bad, etc. Without spoling anything, what else did you expect to happen? The series ended the only way it could have.

If you expected the Rocinante to team up with the one surviving Laconian magnetar and destroy the interdimensional godlike aliens, you just haven't been paying attention. Amos said in Tiamat's Wrath the God aliens were going to kill everyone. Holden knew it. Everyone was just trying to survive and they did the only thing that could be done IMO.

You're welcome to your opinions but I don't get what you were expecting after reading eight books in this series. If you liked Tiamat's Wrath then Leviathan Falls rates a 4/5 at minimum. I'd probably give it 4.5/5 after some reflection. I would have preferred some Amos POVs, for Teresa to join the "family" more fully, some minor things like that. Elvi and Tanaka have great plotlines with Jim's pretty good and Naomi "meh". The worst book in the series is Babylon's Ashes, which ends in a deus ex machina and has some of the most boring POVs (Pa, randoms) in the series.

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 2021-11-30

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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  • sanford87
  • 2021-11-30

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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  • Simon
  • 2021-12-06

Interstellar "meh"


Was going to give this three stars, but after thinking it over this book actually annoys me. Are you expecting an exciting climax? Intriguing answers to the mysterious questions from previous books? Well, stop that. Prepare to be disappointed and settle in for 60% of the book being descriptions of people's thoughts. Some of those people are completely irrelevant to the story. And what story there is is slow and unexciting. When it's all said and done, you'll wonder what exactly the heros gained for all the trouble,

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  • 2021-12-01

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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  • 2021-12-03

A meh ending to a great series.

Im not sure what’s the point in writing a review at this stage in the series. I mean, if you read (listened) this far, not consuming the last book really isn’t an option. And, hey, maybe you won’t see it like I do. As someone who loves this series I would simply advise you to temper your expectations. The final chapter simply isn’t the in the same class as the previous installments. We’re not talking GoT bad or anything. I’d still recommend this series, only now my recommendation will have an asterisk that accompanies it regarding the ending.

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  • Kate
  • 2021-12-03

So much potential!

I won't be over-dramatic and equate this ending with the final season of GOT, but it's a runner up.

The story starts out strong and about a quarter of the way through starts to hem and haw ALOT. Characters that had intriguing obstacles to overcome introduced in book 8 don't get enough attention. And other less appealing (AKA boring or fully fleshed out in prior books) get way too many chapters with the spotlight.

I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read/listened to the story. To be fair my expectations were set really high and most likely this has impacted my opinion. But, I want others to be prepared for a "meh" (*shrugs*) feeling at the end.

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  • Curtis
  • 2021-12-03

a mediocre ending to a great series

this book is an okay ending to the series. not great but not terrible either.

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  • Kat
  • 2021-12-01

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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  • R. Smith
  • 2021-12-01

A great finish to the arc of the story and chars

It must be challenging to meet expectations finishing a grand series like this. It was done satisfyingly well. The characters and physics stayed true to form, which is a relief. Some authors would feel compelled to amp up the alien magic to 11 for such a finale, but this remained - as always - a story about being human, grit and all.

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  • Maxime Perret
  • 2022-08-16

La fin

C'est toujours avec un peu de tristesse que je finis une série de livres que j'ai aimé, et The Expanse en fait parti.
En voilà une série qui m'aura plus, mêlant aventure, science fiction et une histoire nouvelle et surprenante. L'univers et très riche et les descriptions scientifiques realistes. On est loin d'un récit américain facile et pourtant bien dans une aventure complexe et pleine d'action.
Ce dernier tome nous livre nos personnages préférés et d'autres encore alors qu'ils traversent des évènements difficiles. On retrouve une cohérence d'ensemble avec les autres livres à souligner. Je conseille par contre de lire / écouter / regarder un résumé avant de commencer l'écoute.
Je finis avec le travail de très bonne qualité du lecteur (anglais) dont la qualité d'expression et sans conteste importante dans mon appréciation de la saga !
Je suivrai ces auteurs pour leur prochains ouvrages.