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Persepolis Rising av James S. A. Corey
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Persepolis Rising (utgåvan 2017)

av James S. A. Corey (Författare)

Serier: The Expanse (7)

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"The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series. AN OLD ENEMY RETURNS In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity -- and of the Rocinante -- unexpectedly and forever... Persepolis Rising is the seventh novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series"--… (mer)
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Titel:Persepolis Rising
Författare:James S. A. Corey (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2017), 560 pages
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I'm amazed that I still love this series seven novels in. I don't think I've ever stuck with a series this long. It is a testament to how Corey keeps the characters fresh and evolving. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Well, this was a game changer for the series. I'm glad that some long forgotten plot points seem to finally be coming back, albeit slowly. Can't wait for the conclusion to the series in book 8 and 9. ( )
  adastra | Jan 15, 2024 |
Having come to The Expanse through the tv series, this seventh volume - the first to extend the story beyond the show's arc - was a step into the unknown for me. The characters were still there as I remembered them (and not as the authors describe them), though given the passage of time within the story, I had some difficulty imagining them in their sixties. Mind you, I have some difficulty understanding how I got into my sixties from the youthful, hirsute figure I remember looking back at me from the mirror. So one mark for verisimilitude there.

Admiral Duarte, last seen taking a renegade segment of the MCRN fleet through the ring gate to create a militaristic empire, returns to the story, having done just that. Having chanced upon a world with orbital construction platforms created by the protomolecule builders, he has used the alien technology to create a highly advanced hybrid fleet, and uses it to seize Medina station as a bridgehead for the incorporation of the Sol system - and the other colonised worlds - into his Laconian Empire. The Rocinante, on its way back from doing a slightly dirty job for Camina Drummer's Transport Union, arrives right in the middle of the Laconian invasion. This puts a stop to everyone's plans. And by the end of the book - which is somewhat open-ended - all bets are off and all plans have crumbled to dust.

The Laconian Empire expects total commitment and dedication from all its citizens. Failure is not an option. This is especially well integrated into both the plot and the motivations of the Laconian characters. One such, Singh, is a POV character, and we see him unexpectedly catapulted into the position of Military Governor of Medina station. What follows is a clear portrait of someone in the grip of Imposter Syndrome, which sits uneasily with the Social Darwinism of the Empire. Part of that imposter syndrome arises from Singh's own insecurities and inexperience; but some would be inevitable when the logic of Empire, as a system of government that all its citizens accept without question as natural and logical and efficient, comes up against unrefined human desires for freedom (however you define it), give-and-take, and compromise in everyday matters.

At one point, the authors engage in a little small-'p' political analysis. A Laconian security chief attempts to give Singh, his nominal boss, a lesson in practical empire-building:

"Insurgencies are historically nearly impossible to eradicate, for a few very simple reasons. The insurgents don't wear uniforms. They look just like the innocent populace. And they're the friends and family of that populace. This means that every insurgent killed tends to increase recruiting for the insurgency. So unless you're willing to rack up a sizeable civilian casualty count, we can't just shoot everyone we suspect. If we take the strongest possible response, we stop calling it counterinsurgency and start calling it genocide." (Chapter 35)

Perhaps more people ought to start reading science fiction for the truths it contains.

Alex and Bobbie's Martian background comes in handy, allowing them to second-guess a lot of Laconian procedures to their advantage, given their common origin. Bobbie in particular feels some professional sympathy for the Laconian foot-soldiers she comes across, knowing that conflict will be inevitable; though she does not let it get in the way of her doing what she has to do. Some of the plot twists are a bit dependant on the omniscient planning of the authors, but actual plot holes are minimal.

I have a bit of a problem with the world-building, though. Laconia has existed for some thirty years or so. All the other colonies have made a certain degree of progress, but many still struggle with low population numbers and a limited range of economic activities. Laconia, however, appears to have a thriving, technologically advanced society, with the full range of facilities - schools, universities, medical technology, prisons, quarrying for building stone, textiles, staff cars, farming and heavy engineering. Are we supposed to think that the alien orbital construction platforms can do all this as well as build ships? The Empire is using the protomolecule to make advances in human modification, but there is little sign that it has been put to any of the 1001 other uses that would go to make up a 21st-century tech-level equivalent society which is what Laconia appears to be outside of the super-science. This is a common slip-up of many writers in the fantastic - Tolkien gave his hobbits in the eponymous novel household utensils and commodities appropriate to the 1930s, so that he could root some of the setting in the familiar for the benefit of his son, to whom he was reading the story, without considering how much behind-the-scenes technology decent cutlery, pottery and household goods requires. The same seems to have happened here.

But this will not trouble most readers, and to some extent it didn't trouble me. Certainly it did not get in the way of the story, and I am looking forward to the next volume. ( )
  RobertDay | Jan 3, 2024 |
Figured I should get through 7 and 8 before the last book debuts this month, and we have a time skip! Previously, I've read after reading the equivalent show season, but started to move forward and I do think this easily sets up the ability to do a second 'series' after this final season for The Expanse as we know it.

I really enjoyed this. Singh is very much a zealot who doesn't know anything outside of Laconia, and in some ways is innocent of the world, not understanding why people *wouldn't* accede to Laconian rule over humanity. Great antagonist, though. Curious to see where we go, and looking forward to the return of WEIRD ALIEN BIOLOGY yesssss ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
In 2016, Abraham and Franck (the authors behind the pen name James S.A. Corey) told The Verge that the last three books of the Expanse series would be “one big plot arc coming to the finale.” Persepolis Rising, the first of that trilogy, lives up to that promise and sets the stage for a huge confrontation to finish off the series. The plan is for this to be a nine book series, and it’s essentially a three act structure with three books per act. So we’re starting the end run with this one, and that’s clear from the start of the book.

A lot of time has passed since the conclusion of Babylon’s Ashes (about three decades), and our main characters are now seniors or verging on being seniors. In fact, some of them are even thinking about retirement. The solor system surprisingly has found an equilibrium. The OPA, Belter’s dominant political faction, has transformed into the legitimate Transportation Union, which helps supply 1,300 human-colonized planets across the galaxy. Earth and Mars have put aside their adversarial relationship to form the Earth-Mars Coalition, and protagonist James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are still doing the odd jobs required of them. However, one of the lingering plots from an earlier book comes back in a big way....

So the crew of the Rocinante must go up against a brutal, technologically advanced empire called Laconia, formed by a group of Martians who abandoned the solar system in an earlier book. Laconia has thrived in the three decades hence, under the leadership of the immortal High Counsel Duarte. Now, Duarte has dispatched a fleet back to the gate system and the station that controls it, launching another war for control over the solar system. And Duarte is pretty brutal.

And of course, a potential alien threat simmers in the background.

Since this is essentially set-up for the final phase of the overall story there’s a lot left up in the air, but like the previous books it’s also an entertaining self-contained sci-fi tale by itself. Duarte makes for an interesting, human villain and our favorite ex-navy good-doer Holden finds himself at the mercy of the High Counsel of Laconia, which gives this entry into the Expanse a flavor that reminds me of some of the political aspects of Dune.

What I liked: I agree with other reviews. James S.A. Corey kept the tale fresh by setting it 30 years ahead. So much has changed. And in deed, it's a blast to see random people say, "James f***ing Holden". He’s become a known hero in his "old" age. That makes me smile.

The book does have a few quirks. Mainly, the Laconians feel too much like a stereotypical evil empire, complete with super weapons and armored foot soldiers (Star Wars, anyone? I mean Space Nazis….)....but it’s a trope that is easy to adapt, and if done well, entertaining to pull off.

I really enjoyed this entry. I’m looking forward to book 8. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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"The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series. AN OLD ENEMY RETURNS In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity -- and of the Rocinante -- unexpectedly and forever... Persepolis Rising is the seventh novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series"--

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