Abaddon's Gate - James S. A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate

By James S. A. Corey

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4.5
From 1,017 Ratings


The third book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Abaddon's Gate opens the door to the ruins of an alien gate network, and the crew of the Rocinante may hold the key to unlocking its secrets.


For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Abaddon's Gate is a breakneck science fiction adventure following the critically acclaimed Caliban's War.

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


  • Don’t get: missing pages and some are duplicated

    By veejzilla
    Pages are missing, and some are duplicated!
  • Slow start, Fast finish

    By БLoonИ
    This was quite a slow burn for the first half of the book. Lots of time spent setting things up. However I couldn’t put it down towards the last third. Very satisfying and great setup for the next one.
  • Decent Read

    By bbsfresh
    Ok read
  • delete melba delete anna

    By eight363
    i don’t care about this stupid redemption narrative of copy/paste chore boy characters. both of them are weak plot vehicles the likes of which i expect to see on crappy network TV. i love everything about this story, this world, and the characters. expect melba and anna. they’re an insult. this book sucked because of them and i skipped about 100 pages because i could not get them out of my life quick enough.
  • Many Confusing Elements

    By ferret_bard
    This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Winner of the 2014 Locus Science Fiction Award Synopsis: Humanity’s great frontier was its own solar system for centuries. An alien artifact has been working through its program under the clouds of Venus. Now it is orbiting Uranus where it has constructed a gate that leads out into the broader universe. Jim Holden has been up against this artifact before. He hopes to have nothing more to do with it this time, but a complex plot unfolds that places his ship, the Rocinate, into a fleet of scientific and military ships. The big question is whether the gate is a threat or an opportunity. However, the greater danger is the one they brought with them. Review: This is the third book of James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series. (Note, I haven’t read the others.) The story revolves around Jim Holden, Captain of the Rocinate; Bull, the security officer of Behmouth, a multi-generation ship re-purposed as a warship; Clarissa, a young woman who has sworn to kill Holden and all he cares about; and Annushka Volovodov, a pastor and a spiritual advisor to the fleet. There is also a ghost called Miller that tends to be cryptic. The concepts of the story were interesting. However, many elements were confusing, perhaps because I started with book three. I found bouncing between the four viewpoints a bit jarring. Still, the story was entertaining. The exploration of interplanetary travel was interesting.
  • Awesome

    By JoshuaMD86
  • The Exciting Third Volume of The Expanse

    By Prairie_Dog
    With Abbadon's Gate we have the continuation of the Expanse Series into new areas! Like in previous entries, we have the core characters of Captain Holden and his crew, but new and fascinating characters of many types are introduced and play significant roles in the story. I particularly liked Anna the Minister and Bull the hard shelled security chief. The story starts off with the proto-molecule picking up and leaving Venus to travel to the outer solar system. Once there, it forms a large circular structure. The various factions of humanity, Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets determine this ring structure must be investigated. Of course, they can't trust each other so they must all send their own ships. Captain Holden and his crew get hired to go along. The fun really starts when they arrive! There are some themes that run through this work. Making bad choices and having to suffer the consequences of those and those of others is one concept. More hopefully, there is the theme of regret and ultimately redemption. These take the story in unexpected and interesting directions
  • Right Up There!

    By Citizenstat
    This series has integrity both at the broad and intimate levels like, for example, the Ringworld series. My grateful and sincere compliments to the authors.
  • Good until about half way...

    By Spartan-000
    ...after which characters start having incomprehensible behavioral changes and it just becomes a grind. Anna is impossibly forgiving and becomes a caricature whose existence is forced into the story line. Clarissa ceases to behave like a human at all and her presence is just jarring as a result - it is immediately apparent that this ridiculous and unbelievable change of behavior occurs only to keep her around for the denouement. Holden becomes inexplicably averse to violence against Ashford for no apparent reason at the exact moment that the fight against Ashford has helped plan is about to start, and then we get the telltale of bad writing in any genre - inner monologue from characters starts using the word "testosterone". Give this one a pass and rad something by Iain Banks instead.
  • Solid conclusion

    By Bitter Arugula
    A fitting end to an epic sci-fi series. Fans of The Expanse won't be disappointed.