Really, this is a recommendation for the first three books in The Expanse series, as I’ve heard there will be three more. Â I already did a recommendation for the first book, which was so good that I had to read the next two.
The books are Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War, and Abaddon’s Gate. I found this to a be a rich, tense, and very fresh series. Â The authors (and yes, this is actually a collaboration between Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) have a very good sense of the plausible future. Â They also write space opera in a way that convinced me that they actually WERE in space. Â A lot of science fiction portrays space ships as if they were ocean liners, and this series didn’t make that mistake.
I particularly love the way the main character is the same throughout the books, but the supporting cast varies – it’s another way that the books seem to be more real – to live in a real world. The politics are also (unfortunately) very believable. Â The authors seem to “get” humanity as well as they get space.
I’m looking forward to the next three books. Â These three gave me many hours of pleasure.