A review by oleksandr
Babylon's Ashes, by James S.A. Corey


This is the sixth novel in Expanse series. I read is as a part of the ongoing Buddy read of the series in June 2020 at Hugo & Nebula Awards: Best Novels group.

The book started where the previous one, [b:Nemesis Games|22886612|Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)|James S.A. Corey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1407524221l/22886612._SY75_.jpg|42456264] has ended: there is a new force of angry belters, who are afraid that with multitude of habitable world they will die off like dodo and a schismatic group in Martian military, which supplied state of art ships. The force (called the Free Navy) is led by former husband of Naomi and the father of her only son, Filip, Marco Inaro.

The list of themes is diverse and to support is the largest number (so far) of different POV chapters is introduced, both of old acquittances and new folk. The Earth is dying after the falling rocks destroyed the environment. The Free Navy occupies large asteroids/stations. However, magalomanic approach of Marco Inaro leads to a split within the group, with witch-hunting of dissidents. The ‘old’ government (Johnson, Avasarala) try to alleviate the damage with limited success. The team Rosinante should once again save the day.

Possibly because of the success of TV series, this book has much more dialogues than its predecessors. I actually preferred the earlier more descriptive approach. However, when the action comes it comes with the bang!

A nice installment is the great series.