Persepolis Rising is the seventh novel in The Expanse series. It was released on December 5, 2017 after being postponed, due to the preceding novel, Babylon's Ashes, also having been delayed.

Its working title was revealed on September 28, 2016[2], and its release window has been known since June 17, 2014[3].

Blurb Edit


In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it.

New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity -- and of the Rocinante -- unexpectedly and forever. [4]

Plot Edit

The story continues three decades after the attack on Earth. Terra is part of the reformed Earth-Mars Coalition however the Belt is the superpower. Drummer is the fifth and newest president of the Transport Union and she prepares to launch the Transit Station at Lagrange #5 as a first part of the larger network.

The aging Rocinante and her aging crew is commissioned by President Drummer to the Freehold system to address their repeated violations of Union guidelines.

Once the crew of the Rocinante lands on Freehold, Holden and Bobbie meet with the township's council. Holden's instruction was to inform the citizens of Freehold that they would be cut off from trade with the Gate Network for three years. Unable to conscionably abide with the cruel terms, Holden changes the plan by allowing the Freehold to turn in their governor, Payne Houston, in exchange for not being cut off from the Gate Network. Though the Freehold people are upset, they relinquish Houston to the Rocinante. On the way back to to the Freehold system ring gate, Houston temporarily breaks free from containment but, is soon captured. Continuing their route back to Medina, Holden and Naomi discuss retiring from the Rocinante and settling on Luna or Titan. When they approach Bobbie about this, she agrees to purchase the Rocinante from them and become the new captain.

A week after the Rocinante returns, the Laconian System announces that it will be taking over the Medina Station and the rest of the worlds connected to the Gate Network. The invading Laconian fleet happens to only be two ships the Gathering Storm and the Heart of the Tempest. The hastily gathered defense in the Slow Zone Ring Gate hub is quickly destroyed and pacified by the overpowering Laconian Ships. Soon enough, the Laconians set up a new government on Medina, lead by Santiago Singh. While trying to set up a new government, Singh is witness to a shooting by a terrorist which kills his assistant. Clearly shaken by the experience, Singh becomes increasingly paranoid by the attack, leading him to make bad decisions on the security protocol of the station. During this time, The Tempest quickens its schedule and begins its slow approach/invasion of Sol System.

The people on Medina become ever wary of Singh's rule and an underground of OPA members both old and new unite with the crew of the entire Rocinante family to better coordinate attacks. Once the underground receives news that the Eye of the Typhoon, another Magnetar-class like the Tempest, is on its way to reinforce the Laconians in Medina, the underground decides on a 40-day time table to do the best they can to get out of the station before the Typhoon arrives.

Sol system during this time is summarily defeated by the single Laconian Magnetar-class battleship The Tempest. Pallas Station, and a the void city Independence are some of the biggest losses in this slow advance. Later in Sol's final attempt of defense, the coalition of ships throws everything they have at The Tempest, but it is virtually unaffected. Drummer, the president of the Trade Union, surrenders, wanting no more needless deaths.​

On Medina, through a series of organized strikes, begins its revolt against Singh's rule. The insurgent group's first plan is needing to get into the air gap security room which connects to the Gathering Storm. This plans nearly does not begin because the guards at the Air Gap room have a dead switch. Holden saves the day by activating multiple security alerts in the area sacrificing himself to security who soon captures and detains him. The next plan is to steal some Laconian Powered Armor, so they can reverse-engineer a bogus deactivation signal and override code for all the powered armor units. When Singh is discussing the attack on the Laconian Power Armored soldier, the final underground plan begins on multiple fronts. The prisoners being held by the Laconians are freed by Saba, Drummer's husband, in a mass break out. The Rocinante escapes the dock. A Voltaire Collective operative named Jordao, Naomi and Clarissa are tasked with sabotaging Medina Stations sensor system. Bobbie and Amos are tasked with sabotaging the Storm in mission to destroy it, disable it, or at least to prevent it from picking off fleeing ships.

​Alex clears the dock, leading the undermanned Gathering Storm to follow. Soon, Amos can make his way into the Storm, through its self-repairing skin using his cutting torch, before they enter though they deactivate all the Laconian Power Armor in Medina Station. Amos then heads to the machine shop and Bobbie heads to the command deck. Amos is unable to scuttle the ship due to the alien technology which he is unfamiliar with. Bobbie though surprisingly is able to take control of The Gathering Storm, forcing its crew out the air lock, wearing vacuum suits.

Naomi and Clarissa begin their plan to deactivate the sensor array only to realize the operative Jordao betrayed them. With the powered armored soldiers disabled, five unarmored Laconian security team officers surround Naomi and Clarissa. Nearly bound up with zip ties, their mission objective to disable the sensor array is threatened with impending failure and effective failure of the entire insurgent operation, Clarissa who has been very sick due to her leaking implants, activates her artificial glands for the last time. In the quick melee, Clarissa either breaks the neck of or shoots each of the five Laconians, killing them all along with the traitor. Soon, Clarissa crashes in Naomi's arms seeing Ren, before she dies.

After the Gathering Storm is properly pacified, the twenty ships involved with the underground make a mass rush out of Medina, under a flight schedule made by Naomi so they do not hit any gate hiccups.

​In the aftermath of the mass uprising by the underground in Medina Station, Singh forms a plan to cull one third of Medina's population to set an example and make it safe. Major Overstreet, Singh's Head of Security, having received Singh's orders to kill Laconian citizens, has the appointed governor of Medina clarify those orders then explains that he himself has standing orders he must follow to instead make an example of Singh if he violates the Laconian code in such a manner as his genocidal orders. Overstreet promptly shoots Singh.

​After all of this, it is shown that the crew of the Rocinante is in a secluded location on the surface of Freehold within a couple of miles away from the township. That crew, now consisting of Naomi and Alex, hide out and build a relationship with the people who they trade with occasionally. The Gathering Storm is hiding in a cave of a moon of another planet in the system. Aboard that alien ship, trying to make sense of it, are Bobbie, Amos, and the Belter crew that helped capture it.

​Holden, having been captured, is sent aboard the Lightbreaker to Laconia. It is made known to him that the species that took a shot at the Protomolecule on Ilus just took a shot at the Tempest when it used its gravity weapons on Pallas/Tycho Station. It is known that Holden has experience with eye of god that destroys Protomolecule. Winston Duarte who has been taking modifying agents with Protomolecule technology developed by Cortazár, no longer sleeps, and has the ability to read someone’s thought patterns. Duarte ends the book by interviewing Holden, for his experiences and knowledge saying he will be needed in the fight to come with the Protomolecule Destroyers.

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Trivia Edit

  • The book Persepolis Rising was launched the same day as filming of season three concludes.[5]

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  • Persepolis Rising: The Battles & Events

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    • Albert, where do I post a link to a review of the book?
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    • Do we know enough about protomolecule stem cell grafts to include that? Or the Laconian orbital platforms?
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