More than once I’ve reviewed books that have been adapted to the big or small screen, and that’s not a coincidence. I’m just as likely to watch an adaptation of a book I’ve read as I am to read a book I’ve seen the adaptation of. And when this happens I’m often left thinking one is better than the other.
The Expanse series of books and shows, however, falls into a different category where each version has merits over the other, and I love both. So, like, score!
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who also work on the TV show as producers, which is why I think that the shows and books feel thematically consistent, even when they are wildly different.
The setting was written with scientific accuracy in mind, albeit with some caveats. There is no interstellar travel, but interplanetary travel is commonplace, thanks to the miracle of the Epstein Drive, which provides constant acceleration while sipping fuel. And while the Epstein Drive itself is a bit of science magic (when asked how the drive works, the authors replied “efficiently”) the laws of physics are still very much in play…