With excellent narration melded to a fantastic, unique, and multi-layered storyline, this was one of my favorite reads in a long time. Real characters that adapt and grow within the narrative, just enough technology to keep eyebrows level, and an emotional throughline that engages from the beginning and builds on the preceding book, these guys know how to tell a story, and Jefferson Mays knows how to narrate it.
You will NOT be disappointed spending a credit on this excellent sci-fi experience. Easily one of the best sci-fi I've listened to or read all year.
It's no secret, James Holden was always the runner-up in my mind, and he remains such in Caliban's war. The new main characters are fantastic. I listen again just to hear Avasarala again. Three more books of goodness. If you finised Leviathan Awakes, and you're looking at this sequel, go for it. You'll love this one too.
Caliban's War is even better than its predecessor, Leviathan Wakes. The writing and story are more involved and assured. Its nice to see Corey getting better and better as an author.
However... In my mind... Corey has a need to make his works too epic. They become too much like a comic book super hero saving the day against impossible odds stories.
Still very worth listening too. I love this author. Just wish he would tone down the scale a little.
This is a great continuation to "The Expanse" series. One thing that really strikes me is how culturally rich this series is. You get "traditional" cultures and "new" cultures with Corey bringing them to life brilliantly!
You also get a delightful punch in the face by mysteries this book will not answer, which is a brilliant setup to whatever comes next. It just makes me kinda wish I could download the third book right now.
The science is hard and well written, which is great for those of you who like numbers behind your fiction, but it's not in your face or dumbed down. It is simply the reality of the series, the day-to-day of life in our Solar System.
Favorite characters return in new suits and situations, many of them develop in unexpected ways. New characters arrive and you'll love/hate them; you'll even recognize them and probably wish some of them were in our world now.
Then the book ends...looking back in time, 47 minutes.
To begin, Chrisjen Avasarala is one of the best characters in all of SciFi; having Jefferson Mays bring her to life as he does makes her THE best.
Corey excels at pacing while maintaining many different and, sometimes, disparate plot lines, but what ultimately keeps me listening is the character development: I listen for the characters' stories almost as much as I listen for The Expanse. I'm eager for the next book, and I love knowing that, whether or not I knew the plot going in, I wouldn't be able to predict how each character would react. Once they reacted, however, it would make perfect sense because I could so clearly see the rationale, motivation, prejudices, tendencies, and desires of each character. That make sense?
This book is more direct than the first, which means less flavor and world building, but, it's also a well paced ride with some great new characters. Prax is well written but not someone I loved personally, whereas Bobbi and Chrisjen were both mega highlights for me. I love that a foul mouthed grandma is a protagonist and one you can both hate and love and respect.
a fantastic narrative about how truly small we are in the universe and the political squabbling that comes with an empire that spans the solar system
James Corey does it again with the phenomenonal story, I really like the level of detail in the character's personality in this addition to the series it really feels stepped up for Alex and Amus.