What is the book about?
Abbadon's Gate continues the story of the Expanse (see Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War) and the story of James Holden and his crew. The story picks up some time after the events of Caliban's War when Holden is having visions of the agent Miller, who was infected with an alien proto-molecule and presumably died.
Cast of Characters:
In both Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, readers are introduced to new characters who play major roles in the story. This book is no different. While readers get characters they know in Holden, Naomi, Amos, Alex, and even Miller, we're also introduced to a host of new characters--furthermore many of the essential characters in Caliban's War do not make an appearance in this book.
The premise is one of exploration. A wormhole has been created by the proto-molecule that crash landed on venus and the different warring factions natural must go through this wormhole to find out what is on the other side. But this is just the beginning.
How does it do as the third book in a series?
It does fine. I felt the same way about this book as I did Caliban's War, it is about 200 pages too long, as it's over 500 in all. For the amount of distance the plot and characters move, it seems as though there are just too many pages. When I finished it I thought about the events that took place and there just wasn't that much. There's a lot of character development and stuff that is interesting, but it's mostly for new characters--ones I don't know if I'll see again.
Who will enjoy this book?
If you've enjoyed the previous two books you'll want to know what happens to Holden and his crew. The first in the series is still by far the best. I might go on to read book four but I need a break from the genre for a bit.