The read along of Abaddon’s Gate, Book 3 of The Expanse is off and running! I’m a bit late in posting but this is an awesome group that isn’t rigid about such things. Everyone is welcome to join in. Here is the SCHEDULE for the read along. I’m listening to the audiobook, so apologies for any misspellings.
This week, Imyril at There’s Always Room For One More is our host. We’re covering Chapters 27-40, so be prepared for spoilers below!
1. So, Ashford is a deranged man with a military force and a religious nut backing him up. Do you think the counter-coup will stick (or even stick together)?
I’m not sure how this counter-coup will play out. I recall that Bull had that Mars mech armor locked up good but I don’t recall where, but I expect those suits will come into play and would change the tide for whoever got their hands on them.
As for Ashford and Cortez being able to hold together this counter-coup, well, I think it depends on who’s the more unstable. If they are about equal, then, yes, they will hold together. If at some point either one of them does a drastic thing that makes the other reconsider his current path, then they will fall apart.
2. So we’re asking this question every week now. It’s a thing, okay? Where are you with the new characters NOW?
There’s some things I like about Anna, like her going over to the Roci and saving the crew (sort of) but then I don’t click with her naivete that all can be solved with love, compassion, and forgiveness. In a day to day setting, I would just shrug my shoulders and go on but here in this extreme situation, I’m not convinced she’s doing humanity a favor.
Melba/Clarissa – wow! OK, someone walked into the deep end and forgot how to float.
Tilly, while a secondary character, is awesome in some ways. I like that she’s willing to share her extravagance and for some reason I like that she’s trying to take Clarissa under her wing as best she can.
Bull – man! I love this guy. He’s so practical and interesting. Even though he’s bullheaded, such as refusing the medical coma, he sees that the ship (even the fleet) may need a strong leader. And that’s proven true with the counter-coup in progress.
3. Confronted by Anna, the crew of the Rocinante have a big decision to make. What do you make of their response(s)?
I’m OK with the crew keeping things quiet for now. It would only serve to anger an already stirred up hornet’s nest. Also, I’m pretty sure Clarissa isn’t playing with a full deck of cards at this point so executing her would bring all sorts of ethical questions into play.
Of course Naomi forgave her because that’s what she does.
I think when the crew said they owed Anna anything they weren’t expecting this. But I also think that out of all of them, Amos really meant it so when Anna asked for them to keep things about Clarissa quiet for now, it was easy for him to say Yes.
4. So Miller’s back then, and it’s all falling apart. Predictions for the finale? Will they get home?
I really don’t know how things are going to play out. In an earlier post, I said that I totally expected the crew to get back to the Solar System but now I’m not sure if that’s how things will end with this book. I don’t expect them all to die and I don’t expect them to be stuck at this big alien way station for the rest of the series, but they might be trapped here for a time, especially if Ashford and Cortez get the automated alien police all pissed.
It was good to see Naomi do something other than be a peacemaker and love interest once again.
Lemonade, anyone? Tilly’s buying!