James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.
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Must listen to book 1 or you won't understand book 2. Now I'm on to book 3.
As a Space Opera fan I was pleased to find the Expanse Series and while not in the cannon of Dan Simmons or Vernor Vinge, the characters development, writing and plot are all top notch. I have very much enjoyed the first two installments and found this one to be enjoyable as well. What I appreciate most is that the authors have really put in the effort to come up with what life in space vacuum would be like and also present plausible political and personal suspense to keep me engaged. The only thing I wish was that they had more than alien being for me to imagine upon.I would highly recommend that if you are interested in this series you begin with book 1 and work your way through. There is enough back story in the following books that you will have a harder time making sense of things in this one.
I put this series off to finish some others. I wish I didn't. I'm all in. Great character development. The narrator brings them all to life. Don't wait to jump into the expanse.
I was pleasantly surprised at how this book felt like Leviathan Wakes's older sibling. And I mean that as a good thing. Structurally speaking, I enjoyed the: increase and variety in point-of-view characters (from two to four); far less reliance on overlapping viewpoints between chapters - although I will admit, when done in this book, it was more subtle and appreciated; and increased emotional investment from love interest development in the Roci's crew, to the caustic/comedic Avasarala and her surprisingly softer family side outside of the political machinations, to the magnetism of the family ties between Prax and Mei (which was definitely a thread that pulled me through the novel to the end). One criticism I had - albeit slight - was the redundant and in my view, overdone threats and jockeying that the captains and politicians on the OPA/Mars and UN ships threw at each other near the beginning of the final battle sequence; made it hard to follow and to be honest, a little boring to keep reading/listening to. But that ending. That ending...
Two things: 1) structure; and 2) Avasarala
Yes. Caliban's War is a solid second book which picked up (and then some) on the wave that Leviathan Wakes [which Mays's also narrated] crashed into my mind with. Long story short, Mays was once again, a very strong narrator with an impressive range (Avasarala's character was top notch).
I almost did! Well... reading alongside of listening also helped.
Transitioning from book to screen, I was encouraged to hear that Avasarala is getting a role in SyFy's upcoming TV series (December 2015?), despite the fact that I believe season one is focused on Leviathan Wakes. She's an excellent character and Corey crafted her persona masterfully. I honestly found myself reacting out loud to many of her outbursts (ranging from laughter to outright 'WTF did she just do/say?!').
i loved it. i did not expect the ending. what a surprise. the under secretary is hilarious!
a powermad school teacher.
If you enjoyed the first book in the Expanse Series, Caliban's War will be a please to pick up. The story remains fast-paced, filled with a cast of incredible, fascinating and diverse characters. There were moments of such emotion and depth that I did stop to keep from tearing up. The ending? Wow. I need book three, right now.
I really get lost in the story and hate to put it down
the people are so interesting and I don't know he can keep them straight and I can almost feel them :) sometimes I feel like I'm almost there
I'm surprised that so far in the future that Mr. Corey still assumes people will smoke still using weapons that use powder and cartilages like today. That would be hard to do in a place with no atmosphere.. I expected lasers or something...I found a few references like that like x-rays and a few references to technology that we have today. One would think we would have progressed more
The story moves quicker than its prequel's, but still has all the human detail that makes it so interesting.
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