Title: Caliban’s War
Series: The Expanse, #2
Author: James S.A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Length: 595 pages/19 hours, 54 minutes
Source: Gifted by my brilliant sister-in-law for Christmas
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 . . .
Book 2 in The Expanse series did NOT disappoint. You know how some sequels are basically the same pacing and plot tricks as book 1? Not the case here. Book 2 has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, but the pacing and the unfurling of the plot are different than I expected.
Other things that I LOVE about this series and these writers: Consequences. Remember that unresolved thing from Book 1 that nobody’s been talking about? Oh yeah, that’s still developing. And the actions that the one guy was taking to get the job done? Yeah, that has some ripples in everyone’s life that we’re all going to have to deal with now.
Also, the fact that all humans in this series act like humans. They’re complex, flawed, and diverse. Amos may always be my favorite, but almost every other character in this book is amazing and fully realized.
As always, I highly recommend this series, which is creepy and compelling and fast-paced and engaging. But start with book 1, Leviathan Wakes (see my review of that here).