My rating: 2 of 5 stars
It is a time of peace, prosperity, and expansion. The ring gates have opened the way to 1300 new colonies. The Belters have settled into a position of traffic control on Medina Station. But the gates work both ways. Unbeatable warships from a technologically advanced military state cruise through to take over Sol system and its colonies. As Earth falls before it, the outer planets capitulate. On Medina Station, the crew of the Rocinante put together a ragtag underground rebellion in a last-ditch effort to overthrow the godlike dictatorship.
It sounds like a good book. It isn’t.
Persepolis Rising is page after page, chapter after chapter of planning, what to do next, then changing their minds and planning something else. Then when the time comes to actually do something, to implement all their plans, the story shifts perspective to the Laconian overseer who itemizes that this, this, and this happened and he had a really bad day.
I would have liked to have seen Naomi back-engineer the mechanical suits and have them fail their soldiers. I would have liked to have seen Amos rescue the prisoners, or the rebels storm the docks and steal all the ships to blast off for parts unknown. But the authors decided to simply allude to these events rather than actually write them. And the worst part was, the crew didn’t even win. The best they could do was run away.
I don’t recommend that anyone read Persepolis Rising. Only one thing happens that you need to know to finish the series. xx Spoiler Alert xx Holden is captured by the Laconians. There. Now you don’t have to read the book.