The Expanse Read-along: Nemesis Games – Week 4

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The gruelling drama of Nemesis Games comes to a head as Amos, Peaches and Erich make their bid to escape the dying Earth, and Naomi makes a last ditch attempt to escape Marco and save Holden. Heart in mouth time – will the crew of the Rocinante be reunited?

For those new to the Read-along – we are working our way through The Expanse from beginning to end, reading about a quarter of each book per week and blogging weekly in response to a host’s prompts. Expect enthusiasm and/or ranting – it’s fun, and if you fancy joining in, the schedule is at the bottom of this post – grab a copy and read along (you don’t have to keep to the time table). The questions this week are from Sarah at The Illustrated Page.

Be warned – if you keep reading, There Will Be Spoilers.


1. So turns out Marcos doesn’t have the protomolecule and that there’s a power behind the throne so to speak. Thoughts?

Well it looks an awful lot like a splinter group of the Martian military – assuming the rogue fleet going through the gates are the ones who have financed Marco and snagged the protomolecule (and that’s a big assumption – they could be a whole other group of assholes).

And unfortunately, asking what they want it for is no help either. Of course they do. It’s an evolutionary fast track, a nightmare weapon and – possibly – a key to unimagined tech on the planets beyond the gates.

…and the title of the next book isn’t exactly comforting.


2. Is everything over for Earth? What’s going to happen to all the people still on the surface?

I think it is. I mean – it shouldn’t have to be. Humanity has clearly perfected the art of living in unsustainable conditions (hallo the Belt) and has the tools to terraform (hallo Mars) – but historically, big rocks hitting the Earth have caused major extinctions and environmental/atmospheric damage that took it lifetimes to recover from. Sure, humanity could dig into the surface and rebuild, but why would they when there are habitable planets beyond the gates?

…well, Marco and the disappearing ships is why, but an evacuation seems more feasible than a resurrection. Although Avasarala is stubborn and might insist on trying as a point of principle. Once she’s got Marco’s balls in a jar.


3. Should Holden accept Clarissa as a new crew member?

Yes. She’s smart, she’s competent, and she’s well past the point where she’s going to try and kill a bunch of people. She and Amos work well together, and I’m pretty sure she and Naomi will get along just fine too. Holden and Alex just need to get their heads around it.


4. The question everyone’s probably been thinking about: what the heck was that thing in the epilogue?

Ron Weasley asking 'Can we panic now?'


It looks like I’m finally going to get my wish as the Ancient Alien Antagonist comes into play. Erm. AAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH.

Humanity are just so well placed to deal with this right now.



5. How do you feel about Nemesis Games compared to the other books we’ve read so far?

Favourite book in the series (by a mile; sorry Caliban). The character arcs, the back stories, the emotional stakes, the sheer gruelling tension – I loved every minute. It’s the first time I’ve been able to love all points of view unreservedly, and it was a delight.


6. Any hopes or fears for the next book?

I am so excited. I am so scared. Just nebulously. About everything. Can we read it yet?


Other thoughts for the week…

Naomi asking for amnesty for the whole crew for anything other than dropping rocks on Earth. Oh, Naomi.


Take a tour of our responses this week:


A round-up of the weekly discussions for Book 5: