Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Waited for this to get cheaper than Eur 10 (Us$ 11) as an ebook, and it finally did.
And also waited for the next book (which was delayed a few months) to be published, as I saw mentioned in some comment, that #07 is not really ending, instead it is seamlessly moving into the next book and you will be left thinking what will happen.
After finishing this, I beg to differ. For me this is a concluded story with an ending, so it could even be read as a standalone, theoretically, although you will miss parts of the story, so I advise against it. The war and a possible uprising will be ongoing, so no real surprise there, and imho it is not even a cliffhanger.
The book poses some serious questions to your morals, ethics and conscience - namely how to govern a multi-billion-people fast empire spanning 1300 habitable worlds.
As always, the (former earth-mars) technology is very well extrapolated into the future, and even little things like hacking feel very real in their descriptions.
But this is about people, and in the end, as before, quite a few are dead. It is war, after all.
While the series had some very formulaic writing before, this book was for me one of the best.
Highly recommended, and also highly recommended series, even the short stories and novellas (although I think, some are too expansive).
Hard SF with great world-building and an epic story-arc.
Still have not managed to watch the SyFy/Amazon Prime TV-Series, but plan to.
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