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Caliban's War (The Expanse #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  56,518 Ratings  ·  3,554 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
Paperback, 595 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Orbit (Hachette)
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Brian Williams You definitely need to read Leviathan Wakes first. It's a good read, and an easy one, but there is a lot of major plot points that spill out of the…moreYou definitely need to read Leviathan Wakes first. It's a good read, and an easy one, but there is a lot of major plot points that spill out of the first one that you'd be completely lost on without starting from the beginning.(less)
Glee Caliban is a character from The Tempest.

He is described as subhuman, part human, etc.

The title plays with that -…more
Caliban is a character from The Tempest.

He is described as subhuman, part human, etc.

The title plays with that - a war because of Caliban's existence, I'd say.(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things go very wrong on the colony on Ganymede.

”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.

‘Shoot it shoot it shoot it,’ Bobbie yelled, and opened fire.

The creature was a relatively slow-moving human-sized target,
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Reread update 5/17/17**

One big thing that stands out to me going back to this after reading all the available books in the series is that my complaint about distinct bad guys not getting introduced until very late in the stories was addressed. From this point on we almost always have a face of the threat through most of the action, and that’s an improvement that made a great series even better.

I also wanted to check this out again after seeing the second season of the TV series. The show has g
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
OK, I liked this book but...


I think that at its core, this second book is was too much similar to the first one.

I mean, there is a search for a girl (different age but the same basic idea), a mystery about a threat, and the tensions between the policital powers.

The only difference is that while the first book, Leviathan Wakes can be read a stand-alone book if you wish, maybe since the authors weren't sure to get the chance of... expanding it (pun intended)... for
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who have series OCD and read Leviathan Wakes
Shelves: sci-fi, awards, yawn
Leviathan Wakes was one of my great reads this year (review: ). It broke into my reading blahs and set off a trend of great reads. After finishing, I promptly placed a library request for Caliban’s War, out of general interest and just the tiniest bit of series OCD. When it arrived, I was in the middle of monthly reads for my book club, then all hell broke open over at Goodreads, resulting in a loss of reading mojo, quickly followed by reviewing mojo. Bri ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
When I read the first book of The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes I was not that impressed with it. It was, however, an instant hit with the majority of the sci-fi readership. My main problem was that I did not really care for the main characters. Consequently, I decided not to continue with the series. Then a few months ago Syfy started broadcasting The Expanse Season 1 their adaptation of Leviathan Wakes to practically universal acclaim. I wondered if I may have somehow misjudged the book s ...more
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I was a little hesitant to pick up Caliban’s War because the first book (Leviathan Wakes) was so amazing, how could the second book possibly compare? I was even worried I’d get bored because I thought I’d figured out which characters we’d be following and what direction the story was headed… Boy was I wrong! And happy to be so. It was definitely different from the first novel, and didn’t lack any of the adventure and excitement!

As I mentioned, I
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[5 Stars] That ending. Someone hold me. I wasn't ready for that.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.25 ***

"...“That man’s asshole must be tight enough right now to bend space.”..."

It must be the right time for me and Sci-Fi, because I loved it! Caliban's War is the second installment in the "Expance" series and I actually enjoyed it better than the first one! No, nothing was wrong with the first one either, I even missed our pulp-noir drunken detective with nothing to lose, but fortunately the authors gave us to kick-ass female characters who more than made up for Miller's loss.

Lindsey Rey
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!! WTF WTF WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second novel in The Expanse series finds Holden and the crew of the Rocinante trying to stop further attempts to weaponize the protomolecule, with a little help from a Martian marine, a belt-born botanist, and a UN power broker.
As exciting and action packed as the first book, and nearly as good. The ending, while spectacular, doesn't quite pack the emotional punch of its predecessor.
Way back in 2012 I listened to the audiobook of Leviathan Wakes, and loved it. It was awesome. And then I picked up a nasty case of "Series Blah" which left me in this emotional hinterland between wanting to continue the series because I really loved the first book, and dreading to read it because either it wouldn't live up to my expectations, or it would be so awesome that I would need more and there was no more to be had, at the time.

Now I have read it... and I was kinda right on all counts.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
It's a pretty safe bet that those who liked the first Expanse book, will enjoy Caliban's War , too. I would add that new readers should start the journey with Leviathan Wakes , and not here, as this is not one of those loosely connected, self-contained, ongoing francizes like The Dresden Files or Vorkosigan Saga. The story picks up a few months after the cataclysmic events described in the debut novel, and will spoil said events for the less cautious reader. My review also may contain spoilers ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
We readers can be a cruel, vicious pack of jackals, sniffing out a novel's flaws with a singular, Darwinian determination - honing in ruthlessly on the padded protagonist; the fictional filler; the cornflour of creativity. We hate that juddering lurch where a clanging InfoDump forces your eye to reflexively skip a bunch of paragraphs, or when the Enter Stage Left of a Prêt à Cliché stock character snaps you out of the fragile, euphoric equilibrium of the Lost Reader's Trance and back to the tedi ...more
Margret Lacombe
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meet the newest Expanse fan girl! I'm in love!
Scott  Hitchcock
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, expanse
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 4.5*

This one took a while to get going whereas the first one I was engaged from the start. Still this book delivers and the ending is fabulous. I hear a lot of readers saying all the books out there are YA and there's no good adult characters. Abraham/Corey delivers in all of his series this one included.

Avasarala who is a new character to this series is multilayered and beyond that just a lot of fun. I'd love to share a glass of scotch with her just to see how she would insul
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 Stars

I often struggle with sequels, because, in my personal experience, they rarely live up to the perfection of first novels. Therefore, I'm happy to pronounce that Caliban's War was a solid sequel to Leviathan Wakes. I would even go so far as to suggest that it might even be a better novel than the first in some ways.

This novel provides a lot of character development to the cast of misfits introduced in the first book, along with introducing a several new characters. I particularly appreci
Mr. Matt
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015, aliens
A young girl on a Ganymede space station is kidnapped. Shortly thereafter the fragile peace between Mars and Earth is broken when a mutated human attacks and single-handily destroys not one but two squads of Space Marines. Distrust between the two powers runs high and it is not long before that erupts into a shooting war. Both suspect the other of nefariously plotting to turn a secret supply of the protomolecule into a weapon of mass destruction. Meanwhile, back on Venus, the protomolecule is bu ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second instalment of The Expanse.

“Well, you’ve got a full load of torpedoes and bullets, three Martian warships trailing you, one angry old lady in tea withdrawal, and a Martian Marine who could probably kill you with your own teeth. What do you do?”

Always a bit worried with second volumes but Caliban's War is another amazing adventure, very cinematographic, which explains why the series is being filmed for TV. The plot carries on from the events of Leviathan Wakes and once again Holden is one
Jessica Halleck
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like you, James S.A. Corey, so I'm not going to pull my punches: this book was not as good as Leviathan Wakes.

Don't get me wrong, because I enjoyed it--and you're damn right I'm reading this series through to the end--but where Leviathan Wakes was a mix of great to very good, Caliban's War was a mix of very good to just okay.

It starts out strong. In fact, the initial setup of the new POV characters was often excellent. Bobbie's and Pax's establishing shots, their journeys through trauma and f
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 stars

This story just continues to be one hell of a roller coaster ride. We still get Holden's POV but now the author has added three additional POVs - a high ranking politician, a Marine, and a botanist/father - which broaden the story and gives the reader a more complete 360 degree view of the accelerating crisis. The ending pretty much assures that I will be reading the next book.

**Reread 2018: I find Holden a lot more annoying this time around and Avasarala a lot more awesome. I listened
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Books like this get me excited, they are a fast read, exciting and very interesting, the characters are believable and deep. This is Science fiction at its best .
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

Spaceballs, was this good or what! I had some slight trepidation going into this for a couple of reasons; I’d just finished a 5 star book which usually means the next book I read gets a lower score as it can’t keep up with the previous story; I wasn’t blown away away by the first book like some reviews led me to believe I would be and their reviews of the follow up weren’t as positive; My favourite character from the previous story wasn’t going to be around and the one who was didn’t exactly
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell - this is great science fiction. I gave the first book in the series four stars, but I'm going to change it to five, if that's possible. This is not only some of the most action-packed sci fi I've ever read, but it's also got some of the best characters I've ever read in sci fi. The remaining crew of the Rocinante is back again, along with some new characters, of course. One standout character that's new in the second book is a female politician who is as smart and believable a charact ...more
Timothy Ward
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at Adventures in SciFi Publishing

Caliban’s War, the second book in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, is at times the best Space Opera I’ve read, and in others hard to keep reading. It took me ten months to finish. Part of that could be that the ending was partially spoiled, another because it is a big book to lug around. There is an element to the story telling that contributed to the ten month span, but it’s hard to put my finger on.

George R.R. Martin calls this Space Opera the wa
Murat Dural
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serinin ilk kitabı kadar akıcı, sürükleyici bir kitap. Okumam için zaman sınırlaması olduğundan dolayı (İthaki Akademisi - Bülent Somay ile Bilim Kurgu okumaları) çok hızlı okumak zorunda kaldım. Bu bana sıkıntı yaşattı ama şimdi dönüp bakınca dilinin bu kadar iyi olması sayesinde bunu başarabildim. Hele öyle bir sonu var ki, bir yazar olarak tam beklediğim şey gerçekleşti. Üçüncü kitap "Abaddon Geçiti"nin siparişini şimdiden verdim :)
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Maybe I just have a thing for elderly ladies that take charge and make everyone around them dance to their music. Maybe I am a much bigger fan of a basic space opera than I ever will be of detective noir. Maybe I just really didn’t enjoy a race through a space station of ‘vomit zombies’ that seemed to go on forever in the first book of this series.

Whatever the reason, I found Caliban’s War to be a much stronger outing than Leviathan Wakes.

The first book of the series set the s
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plenty fun for me with the multitalented, multiethnic crew of the Rocinante dropping their mercenary work for the Outer Planet’s Alliance to take on the obscure forces of evil that threaten the galaxy. As several GR reviewers have noted, the plot is largely a recycling of that in the first volume, “Leviathan Wakes.” I don’t think that bothered me as much because it’s been over a year since I read the first one. If you haven’t read the first one, the references I make to the state of things as th ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I ended up really liking this book, more so than book #1 in the series, and I am happy to say I will be continuing with this series as time goes on. I initially picked this up as a buddy read, and I think it's a story which really does work for discussion because of what happens with the plotline.

This story starts up not long after the ending of Book #1 with the 'protomolecule' as a major focus for most of the Universe because of the ever evolving problems it poses. We follow Holden, a character
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Solid second entry in the series. That ending left me wanting to get to the next book as soon as possible!
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