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Behemoth: Seppuku

(Rifters #3 part 2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,558 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Lenie Clarke-amphibious cyborg, Meltdown Madonna, agent of the Apocalypse-has grown sick to death of her own cowardice.

For five years (since the events recounted in Maelstrom0, she and her bionic brethren (modified to work in the rift valleys of the ocean floor) have hidden in the mountains of the deep Atlantic. The facility they commandeered was more than a secret station
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 2004)
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Chris Berko
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wholly satisfying, logical ending to this fantastic series. While you lose the intimacy with the characters that you had with the first book, the story grows exponentially in size and scope. Everyone is pretty much who they are going to be by now so there are no new revelations or changes on that front but there are some plot twists and turns and enough going on that the blanks got filled in and all was wrapped up to my personal satisfaction. This is not pretty, nor is it optimistic but it is im ...more
Ian Mathers
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I struggled with this one. On the one hand, it's actually quite good, for the most part; it's the book (or part of the book) where the Rifters series goes into full-on postapocalyptic mode, and Watts does that quite well. Much of the book is a grind, but it's a nastily evocative grind. Given that Watts had to split βehemoth into two parts it's a quick read (and he's right, this one and β-Max are different enough that the split isn't super jarring) but there's one unexplored question that kind of ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
So, I read Peter Watts's debut novel "Starfish" back in the day and then read the sequel "Maelstrom" but then never finished the series. This was mostly because the publisher split what would have been the last book, "Behemoth" into two (ridiculously and after much protest by the author). Then, somewhat incomprehensibly, the publisher made both books almost impossible to find in the USA. Maybe they were trying to save us from the nihilistic and deterministic science that fuels the author's creat ...more
Ost Eye
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed with the direction the author took with Lenny Clarke. I originally fell in love with Lenny in Starfish because of how different of a character she was. Despite all the trauma and all the toxic ways she dealt with it, and all the detrimental behaviours she engaged in and the toxic relationships she kept, she was engaging, humanized and interesting.

It was also really nice to read for once a character I could relate to on a lot of levels - it's not often that you find an a
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was going to object to some of more gruesome parts but then we switched to mitochondria and evolution of eukaryotes and that brought it back to 5/5, as far as I was concerned.
When the author's note at the start of the book makes it quite clear that he's unhappy with his own results, I think we can all agree that it's never a good sign. And, sure enough, Behemoth is a structural mess - choppy in some parts, and far too bloated in others, prone to much repetition and navel-gazing in the slow bits while rushing far too fast through the limited action sections.

Watts pulls yet another time-shift at the start of this one: he's returned the rifters to the deep sea again (ho
Brian Gaston
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the same rating I gave to the first part of this novel (for the same reasons).
Bill Purdy
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read a CC licensed electronic version of Behemoth as originally conceived (i.e., containing both Book 3 and Book 4), downloaded from Watts' website. In the real world, his publisher made him split the novel in two (which wasn't really a bad idea, considering the ridiculous length of the novel in its original form, and the fact that it cleaves so naturally by setting), which is how it appears in GR -- and how I'll submit this review, however reluctantly...

...out of the water and onto the bruise
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you've read Starfish and Maelstorm, you really should finish off the trilogy
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I read ß-Max and Seppuku as a single book, so I'll submit a single review of ßehemoth.

ßehemoth concludes the Rifters trilogy, and it does resolve pretty much everything, but there were a few areas where it didn't work for me quite as well as its predecessors. Being the third book, the major "idea" reveals have already taken place -- the nature of the Rifters, of ßehemoth itself, the 'lawbreakers, the head cheeses, etc. The surprises therefore come almost entirely from plot twists and shocking t
Mar 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-home
The very last book of the Rifters Trilogy, this pulls various storylines back together. An enjoyable conclusion to an impressive array of ideas, and a bit more of an action-oriented story than the previous books. All together, this does give a good sense of closure to the world that Peter Watts has speculated and proposed, and the story that is slowly revealed throughout is both disturbing and far too possible.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Four stars until the last twenty pages, and then it didn't stick the landing for me.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the end of the world as we knew it. A new virus has been unleashed and an old virtual virus seeks a new lease of life. In this all action, thrilling conclusion to the rifters trilogy, we’re back on land. Old enemies and allies shift and move inexorably towards a final showdown. I had to concentrate to keep up, but for the ideas, for the science, for the ride: a high four plus rating.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It didn't capture me. Maybe it is not the best idea to read six Peter Watts books in a row. Although I didn't have a problem with Starfish or Maelstrom. But Behemoth, to me, read like a slightly better than bog standard "save the world from evil disease" story. Not as interesting as the other Peter Watts plots. If I'm honest, I read about fifty pages then started skimming.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Lubin and Clarke, a great duo, hampered by a cliched and boring plot. Anticlimactic ending, honestly my attention started wandering around the time where the great reveal (aka the most obvious thing ever - the big bad is their friend whoop whoop) cause it was really weak. So Seppuku burns itself out? It beats Behemoth and then changes a human? Okay? Frankly I was disappointed.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This seemed the weakest of the series, barely any insight into the characters by comparison, Lennie was nearly an extra, beyond her interaction with Taka she seemed almost non-existent. The ending felt rushed and I felt the whole stories behind B-Max and Seppuku could have been expanded much more.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Semi-DNF. Watts was unnecessarily descriptive with the sadism and torture porn. I skipped over the mess and skimmed the ending. This book was a really unfortunate, anticlimactic end to the series, as far as I am concerned. So disappointed. How far from Starfish we have fallen with this one.
Timotej Žuntar
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, if not as good as Starfish. The ending seemed a little rushed.

Also, I can never look at nail clippers the same way again.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A somewhat tepid end to an outstanding series.
Honza Bulušek
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little weaker part, as it leaves the sea behind. Still very good though. Probably the most disturbing of them all.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This did not have to drag for so long.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was gonna be three stars until the horrifically over-the-top rape/torture stuff showed up. Watts should be fucking ashamed of himself.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
absolutely wonderful. read the series, be entertained, appalled and educated. sometimes we get the future that we deserve.
Roman Baiduk
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One fascinating piece of hard SF. Strongly recommend!
Joe Jungers
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
OK - that was a decent end to the trilogy.

Hard to point to specifics without being spoilery, so I won't.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-hard
James Nicols' blurb on the website nails it: "Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts." The Rifters books are relentlessly downbeat. The 'best' characters are painfully flawed and confronted with horrible decisions that seldom offer a lesser evil as one of the choices. The setting itself is as metaphorically dark as the abyssal depths where Starfish and Behemoth took place. And on top of everything else, one of the pivotal characters is a sadist with h ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Behemoth: Seppuku is the first sequel in this series that I enjoyed as much as the original Starfish. I can’t put a finger on exactly what elevated this book over books two and three, but I found myself more invested in the story and I had trouble putting the book down. When I did put it down, I often continued to think about the story off and on until I was able to pick it up again. In fact, this morning I woke up half an hour before my alarm went off and started thinking about the book. I ende ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cool mid-apocalypse story. I liked it more than Maelstrom and about as much as Starfish. Watts' favorite topic is the mechanistic model of human personality. We're all just brains, brains are physical things, and so if you change the chemical composition of the brain, you will change who you are. The previous books in the series touched on this idea, but it's the main premise in Behemoth.

I thought some twists were too extreme to be believable at first, but as the novel progresses the l
So. This is dark. Really dark. Pretty much in keeping with the previous installments of this series. Most of the characters are pretty unhappy and messed up, there's a lot of violence, a lot of pretty twisted things happening, a lot of death. There's a lot at stake too, though.

I like this a little less than previous volumes, mainly because there was a lot of action and I find it really hard to follow fight scenes in print, even if they're well written. My eyes just glaze over. There's a lot of
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to swim against the current a little bit here but I actually liked Behemoth the most from the whole trilogy. I agree that Starfish might have been somewhat stylistically better, but I realy liked the story of this one (I consider B-max and Seppuku to be a one book). Pretty much all of the main ideas were already introduced in previous two books, I agree with that... but I for once was realy interersted in seeng the consequences play out and I've got to say that I realy enjoyed watching ...more
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