Persepolis Rising - James S. A. Corey

Persepolis Rising

By James S. A. Corey

  • Release Date: 2017-12-05
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 857 Ratings


The seventh book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Persepolis Rising finds an old enemy returning home with more power and technology than anyone thought possible, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante tries to rally forces against the new invasion.


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. . .

The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
​Leviathan Falls

Memory's Legion

The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station

Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
Memory's Legion


  • A rushed mess of a story

    By madwilks
    I love The Expanse series. I’ve read every book and watched the series on television. I waited so long with great expectations for this seventh book only to be let down and disappointed. It started off great, as usual and put me right back into the fold with Holden and his crew. These characters are why the series has been so good. However, separating them and then falling away from their storylines was a huge mistake. Holden, the main character and heart and sole of the books was barely even in the story. By the end, the book had jumbled the story line into a big rushed mess and confused me as to what had just happened. It was as if the writers just wanted to end it quickly because they had a dinner date to get to. Totally killed the thrill of the Expanse story.
  • Spellbinding SciFi

    By Meatbag55
    I grew up on Heinlein, Clarke, & Asimov... the Expanse equals & surpasses them all. Can't wait for the next one! MC Lynch
  • Just when I think the series may be losing its edge it comes roaring back

    By CopBryan
    This series continues to entertain and keep me wanting more. Sad I’ll have to wait who knows how long got the next installment. Really excited to see where it goes from here.
  • Boring

    By traipse
    The worst in the series. This book is slow and filled with by stories that don’t advance the plot. New characters are shallow and incomplete. The authors finally fall into the trap of telling half a story to get more book sales. The series has been getting slower and thinner and now its dropped to a waste of time. Skip this one altogether.
  • A step up

    By Bitter Arugula
    Some of the last few books in the series have been less than stellar. This is headed in the right direction.
  • The Empire Strikes Back

    By Danbgs
    I noticed some parallels between this first book of a new Expanse trilogy and the Star Wars film. I won’t include spoilers of exactly how. The title references the fact that after the fall of Babylon, the new power was Persia with it’s capital Persepolis. The new power here is Laconia and it’s proto-molecule enhanced ruler Winston Duarte, the leader of the rouge Martian fleet that disappeared beyond the gates in an earlier book. Of course Holden and the crew of the Rociante are once again at the center of the action. But some 30 years after the events of Leviathan Wakes, the crew is starting to show their age and is on the edge of dissolving until events force them to reunite. The strength of this series is always the superb characterization, rich, complex 3D characters. Even the “villains” believe their cause is noble, it’s just that their noble end justify their questionable means. And of course, power corrupts and absolute power, well, you know where that’s going to end up. As if that’s not enough, the entities who killed the proto-molecule builders are evidently still around and not taking kindly to someone trying to rebuild their empire. All in all this is a must read for any SF fan.