The Vital Abyss

The Vital AbyssThe Vital Abyss by James S. A. Corey
Series: The Expanse #5.5
Publisher: Orbit Books
Released: October 15, 2015
Pages: 75
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Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.

The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

And then the man from Mars came along . . .

Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of the Expanse, The Vital Abyss deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed series.

I enjoyed The Vital Abyss the most of the Expanse-novellas I’ve read so far. We follow one character, and the story alternates between taking place in the past and in the present. Gradually the significance of this particular story as it relates to the Expanse-universe as a whole is slowly revealed, and everything falls to place in a somewhat surprising, but really satisfying way. I’d say this novella in particular should more or less be required reading for anyone who has finished Nemesis Games.

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