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Caliban's War (The Expanse) por James…
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Caliban's War (The Expanse) (edição 2012)

por James S.A. Corey

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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 . . .… (mais)
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Título:Caliban's War (The Expanse)
Autores:James S.A. Corey
Informação:Orbit (2012), Paperback, 624 pages
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It’s not healthy having God sleeping right there where we can all watch him dream.

After the events of Leviathan Wakes, the protomolecule is just hanging on doing strange things on Venus... or is it?

It grabbed an UN Marine in its huge hands and tore him in half like paper. Titanium-and-ceramic armor ripped as easily as the flesh inside, spilling broken bits of technology and wet human viscera indiscriminately onto the ice. The remaining five soldiers ran even harder, but the monster chasing them barely slowed as it killed.

Turns out it's not just on Venus anymore.

Caliban's War picks up where Leviathan Wakes left off, with tensions high between Earth/Mars/the Belters and an alien presence. There's another lost girl who has to be found (hopefully this isn't a trend throughout the entire series) and more things going horribly badly wrong.

Worldbuildingwise, the outer reachers of the solar system in general and the moon of Ganymede being made into a breadbasket are interesting. It continues to look like something we could very well see in a century or two.

On top of that, the protomolecule is doing all sorts of interesting things to Venus on one hand and has been weaponized on the other. Both are fascinating developments and make me want to keep reading just to see what will happen next. Although the former isn't actually that core to the plot, there are strong hints that it will be in the next book in line.

Characterwise, we have more Holden and his crew, which is fine. I still don't care overly much for Holden himself; it is interesting seeing him grow--especially his relationship with Naomi. And I like the crew. Amos in particularly is amusing to read.

Beyond that, we have a handful of new supporting characters but two new main characters. First, Chrisjen Avasarala.

“The same thing as always. Try to keep civilization from blowing up while the children are in it.”

She's a government official from Earth who's something of a power behind the throne--and a little old lady with quite a mouth on her. It's interesting seeing more of the political structure of the solar system, even if most of it involves Avasarala yelling at people.

Next, Martian Marine Bobbie Draper.

“Good, because I don’t use sex as a weapon,” Bobbie said. “I use weapons as weapons.”

She's a straight forward soldier who's seen some pretty terrible things (in the prologue) and gotten thrown head first into politics. I like seeing her opinion on things and she does a lot to flesh out parts of the world we hadn't seen before--for a solar system at war, she's the first point of view active soldier.

Finally, Prax Meng. He's a botanist on Ganymede whose daughter has been kidnapped in the midst of everything going wrong. He's a bit single tracked and annoying to read. Given that his daughter--literally his entire family--has been kidnapped, it's understandable, but that doesn't make him any easier to read.

Overall, a solid sequel. We're definitely in the thick of a series now with big cliff hangers at the end of each book, but that's workable. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Double wow. This, while still not a five-star book, was better than the first in the series. Just some quick thoughts:

Diversity is still very great, without seeming pedantic. Avasarala is a bad-ass, as well as being a richly developed, multi-dimensional character. She's awesome, and the lengths they go to make her so show some real skill.

This book was in danger of going to the same well too many times, but saved itself by not only making this about the characters (the "mission," while driving the novel, is beside the point), and also having the characters comment on how similar the antagonistic elements in this book were to the last-- though they don't break the fourth wall.

Not much else to say here, as the main characters are all back and the new ones added fit in well and are pretty well-developed. Bobbie and Avasarala are given much attention and it pays off, especially for Avasarala. Love that foul-mouth lady. The world-building continues, scaffolding off of what is already a familiar system to us and thinking it through with enough scientific verisimilitude to fade into the background as just the context of a great quest/adventure.

I found it fascinating how the author(s) played with genre in both of this and Leviathan Wakes. Leviathan was clearly in the noir vein of detective fiction, with a hardboiled detective and a mystery in need of solving. Caliban's War was very much a political thriller-- the main characters kind of act like tofu and take on the flavor of the genre they find themselves in. That's not a bad thing, as it works very well. Can't wait to see what they do with the third. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Good 2nd book in the series. Left a couple of cliff hangers for the next book. Like the first book it's long and not the fastest mover but I was never bored. Looking forward to the 3rd book. ( )
  richvalle | Jul 11, 2021 |
A solid 3.5. The writing is good and it's fun to catch a glimpse of Earth. But it's just not the same without Miller. Yeah, I know, there are new characters. But they're not nearly as interesting or well-written. Avasarala is Frank Underwood minus the sociopathic charm. Bobbie is every PTSD'ed soldier in every movie and book in the last 20 years. Prax is every socially awkward scientist in every movie and book since forever.

Also, the first book had the perfect mix of action and world-building, whereas this second one is 100% action. And the Holden & Naomi thing gets insufferably boring.

I'm still going to read book #3 though, on the remote chance that Miller reappears. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
I just finished "Leviathan Wakes", the first book in this series, but I tore through the second one without taking a breath. I also learned that this book is being adapted as a TV series.

"Caliban's War" suffers from the general problem of established settings in Sci-Fi; expectations based on the established material. There was enough newness in this book to keep me reading, but not as much as I'd hoped. One of the characters who made moments feel fresh to me was Chrisjen Avasarala, an elderly bureaucrat who hides her strong moral code under a facade of foul language and posturing, providing a deal of comic relief. Many of the other new characters (tough space marine, distraught scientist) are a bit grimmer, and the returning cast is still traumatized from the first book, so I appreciated having one character around with a lighter tone.

Overall, I say if you liked "Leviathan Wakes", give this a shot. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
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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 . . .

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