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Published June 26, 2012 by Orbit Books.

ISBN:
978-1-84149-990-1
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4 stars (246 reviews)

We are not alone.

On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun . . .

12 editions

Read this Series, and forget the TV Show

3 stars

I watched the second season of the TV show and wasn't a fan. I mentioned this in my review of Leviathan Wakes, but the TV show added so many Belter characters, and Avasarala was a main character from day one, so it felt more about Solar Politics than it did about the protomolecule. After finishing Caliban's War, I'm delighted to join the fans of the Expanse universe, and that's strictly because of one thing:

The books are better than the TV series.

I'm sure you're eyerolling, but I'm serious, and I think anyone who liked the TV series will be blown away by the superiority of the novels. It's not a mismatch in expectations, or real-world constraints preventing the fantastical elements from coming to life on-screen... it's about how the author tells a story.

The TV series rewrote the plots of two books, interweaving them into about …

Review of "Caliban's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Holden's an idiot, but he's not stupid. If he realizes he's being watched, he'll start broadcasting pictures of all our Ganymede sources or something. Do not underestimate his capacity to fuck things up.

Like in Leviathan Wakes it will be difficult to separate this review from the Syfy/Amazon series but I will do my best.

Caliban's War benefited from additional characters and providing perspective on events happening elsewhere. The scope of conflict and political posturing required more than a Miller or Holden view and the additional voices resulted in an excellent read.

The TV show tried to handle the introduction of Drax and Avasarala and Bobby but it felt incomplete and didn't do their characters justice. The source material was excellently crafted and these new characters resulted in the best chapters in the book.

Avasarala is noted as being a 'bitch' (as per Soren) and she was all bark and …

Review of "Caliban's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Caliban's War est le deuxième volume de la saga de science-fiction The Expanse signée James S.A. Corey, le nom de plume du duo composé des auteurs Daniel Abraham et Ty Franck. Ayant déjà vu les trois premières saisons de la série TV qui adapte ce cycle de SF pour le petit écran, je connaissais déjà l'essentiel de l'intrigue de cette deuxième tome :

La principale différence avec le premier volume, c'est que nous suivons désormais le récit à travers quatre points de vue. Là où le premier tome alternait les narrations de Jim Holden et Joe Miller, celui-ci s'enrichit de nouveaux points de vue : Joe Miller n'est plus présent suite à la conclusion du livre précédent, mais Holden l'est toujours et est rejoint par trois nouveaux narrateurs :

- Bobbie Draper est une marine de l'armée martienne et la seule survivante de l'attaque de la dernière évolution de la …

Review of "Caliban's War (Expanse 2)" on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

The writing style of this series is impeccable. Crass when it needs to be, as well as funny, disjoint, confusing & tense - all these threads woven into a fantastic web of intrigue and suspense. Sometimes a character's disposition or emotional state is given in a five sentence paragraph for dramatic effect. It's incredibly surprising how such a small set of words can be constructed in such a manner that seems to never have occurred to me to arrange like that, yet convey such an impressive statement of fact and emphasis.

And then, we have such a thrilling story going on with characters, vernacular and hard sci-fi themes deeper than many contemporary sci-fi stories even begin to attempt.

These are the first set of books I'm reading after seeing the TV adaptation, so I'm not going to comment on much of the story here, since for the most part I …

Review of "Caliban's War" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

For unknown reasons I kept putting off reading this book for ... years. Even though I liked [b: Leviathan Wakes|8855321|Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)|James S.A. Corey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1411013134s/8855321.jpg|13730452]. Recently, I’ve tried to read many different books and committing to an unfinished 9 book series was probably what kept me from it. Then we watched Season 1 of The Expanse and I was amazed by the casting and when Season 2 came out I finally read this book. That I am halfway through [b: Abbadon‘s Gate] should suffice to show how much I enjoyed this one.

For those who are wanting to combine reading and watching: characters from this book are introduced at the start of season 2 but the plot of this book begins halfway through the season. Season 2 so far has also introduced characters from later books (I checked - searching via kindle can be helpful)

So the title was …

Review of "Caliban's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The second Expanse novel was pretty good, but felt like a bit of a let down after the first. Essentially it reboots the basic premise of the first novel with some small tweaks, and lets that be the story line for Holden and his crew.

What redeems the novel is the secondary (one might say primary) plot revolving around Chrisjen the politician. Reading Caliban's War, it becomes understandable why in the TV series they kind of collapsed both novels into one season (they didn't), because it cuts out a fair bit of duplicate plot.

This is not to say that the second instalment is bad - far from it. But it could have some more to differentiate it from the first.

If the rumours are true, and the series is inspired by the events of an RPG campaign, then this actually makes some kind of sense.

For one thing, throughout …

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