Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey

December 23, 2021

Seventh book in The Expanse series.

Still both amazed and unsurprised at how much I’m loving this series. Politics and thrills abound here, with the start of a humane authoritarian takeover (?) that keeps me wondering who or what I’m rooting for.

“There has to be a way to come to a final decision.”

“No, there doesn’t. Every time someone starts talking about final anythings in politics, that means the atrocities are warming up. Humanity has done amazing things by just muddling through, arguing and complaining and fighting and negotiating. It’s messy and undignified, but it’s when we’re at our best, because everyone gets to have a voice in it. Even if everyone else is trying to shout it down. Whenever there’s just one voice that matters, something terrible comes out of it.”

Sometimes I’m just breezing through character dialogue, but any time James Holden chats with someone new I am transfixed. I miss his conversations with Miller, but I’m grateful he’s still having them with everyone else.