From New York Times best-selling author James S.A. Corey...
As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, 16-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, Gods of Risk deepens James S.A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.
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Another one of the Corey writing duo's "filler" novellas set in between their Expanse novels, this one takes place on Mars shortly after Caliban's War. David Draper is the nephew of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Bobby Draper, one of the main characters in the aforementioned novel. She plays only a small (but significant) part in this novella.
David is a promising and gifted young chemistry student on Mars, with demanding parents who have high expectations for him. In a scheme that is half rebelliousness and half path-of-least-resistance spinelessness, David has become a "cook" for a local drug dealer. I wouldn't be the first reviewer to call Gods of Risk "Breaking Bad on Mars."
The plot pinch comes when David finds out his "friend" LeeLee is in trouble, and he decides he wants to save her. The annoying part comes when we realize that David is every stereotypical nerdy "Nice Guy" chump ever, fantasizing about how a grateful Leelee will reward him for his white knight heroism with kisses and maybe even letting him touch her ... Since Leelee is in fact a pro in debt to a drug dealer, this is obviously not going to have the happy ending David is hoping for, but for a smart kid, he sure is dumb.
Despite the main character's painful lack of self-awareness or worldliness, this is a good story that really doesn't have much to do with the central events of the Expanse series; although they are mentioned, this is just a bit of filler material.
I really like the setting and the first 2 complete books. The character development in this one wasn't the greatest. But what bothered me the most is the narrator change. He is close enough tone and delivery wise to keep you focused on him. I thought other reviewers talking about this were too sensitive, but it is true. You almost need someone completely different.
I really enjoyed the novella The Churn (the origin story of Amos Burton) it was fun interesting and gave you a deeper insight to the man that is a Amos Burton. Gods of Risk however fails to enhance the backstory of Bobby Draper. Which is a character that I really love from the expanse universe I expected more out of this story.
Between books this story is a great reminder of how much I enjoy this world, it's characters, and the writing. While the story is pretty slight and not necessary for understanding the Expanse series at large, it's just nice to be reminded of what these writers evoke and how big this world can be.
Eric Davies builds tension nicely here and delivers a good performance.
If you're looking for a taste of the world before the next book it's a great pitstop. If you're looking for something that changes your view of the story at large, I'd skip it and wait for the next novel.
This was really short, but an awesome novella. I loved Bobbie Draper character in the 2nd Expanse novel and she has a small part in this book as well. She is still a bad-ass. It takes place after the 2nd book on Mars while she is figuring out what to do with her life.
The main character is her kid nephew. He, like other characters Corey writes about has a lot of depth and helps to flesh out the universe and make it a non-stop read. Any book in the Expanse series is a good read. While this is not a crucial entry into the series, it is enjoyable, and shouldn't be missed. I do suggest reading the first two Expanse novels first though.
I almost gave it 4 stars on account of the shortness of the book. But a novella is supposed to be short and that short time was more than enough to suck me back into a totally believable future. I think there was a new narrator that took some getting used to, but after a few minutes I was on board.
Loved this book.
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This is the first of the novellas in the “Expanse-iverse” I’ve read, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. While the amazing novels are all complex, multi-narrative, loaded with hard SF and trademark dialog, this shorter work was a lot more… terrestrial. The protagonist, teenage chemist David Draper, is fairly archetypical as a nerdy dreamer who falls for the prom queen. However, in this story, she’s a junkie and her boyfriend isn’t the captain of the football team, he’s a drug dealer with a quietly menacing demeanor. Some of the backdrop to the story connects to the larger events of the novels, but very peripherally so. The one crossover character from those books, David’s aunt, Bobbie Draper, is disappointedly underutilized, as she is a fan favorite character who really only has one scene at the climax. The biggest miss for me however, was how completely pedestrian the setting is. One would imagine an author could do a lot of impressive things, setting scenes in a Martian habitat, but here it’s actually very unremarkable, and could be interchangeably substituted for any city. Even the events of the plot could have been written within a contemporary 21st century setting without putting anything out of place. This story really is only recommended for the most devoted Corey fans, but none of these should feel like they’ve missed anything critical if they never get a chance to pick this one up.
I've heard this narrator on quite a few things but he really... I don't know, seemed to grime and bear it through everything that wasn't dialogue. He at least did that well enough.
Nothing too special about the story, but there are definitely some Expanse story-arc Easter eggs which are thankfully not hefty missing pieces to the mysteries in the novels.
Filler, basically. Still fun.
Overall not much happened in the novella and the stakes didn't seem particularly high, nor was the narrator especially sympathetic. I bought this largely because of the use of a character from Book 2, and wish she'd been used more deeply and engagingly.
Narrator was OK, but not as strong as Jefferson Mays, the main series reader.
The narrator was a bit too precise and clipped in his storytelling. He came across and to stiff and mechanical. He didn't put much depth into the characters either. Very dull and boring.
Read the first two novels of The Expanse after taking a rather dull detour into the "Gods of Risk" novella.
Just to put off the novella and stay with the main books for now. Hopefully the other novellas are better.
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