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Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey Review

Title: Caliban’s War

Author: James S.A. Corey

First published June 7, 2012

624 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9781841499901 (ISBN10: 1841499900)

Rating: 4.37


The universe is full of mysteries, and danger lurks around every corner. On a distant moon, a group of soldiers faces an unimaginable threat from a terrifying supersoldier.

Meanwhile, a powerful politician seeks to prevent an all-out war between planets, even as an alien protomolecule wreaks havoc on Venus, threatening to spread throughout the solar system. In the midst of these crises, James Holden and his crew aboard the Rocinante work tirelessly to keep the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance.

But when they are called upon to help locate a missing child on Ganymede, they find themselves facing a new kind of danger. As they race to prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a single ship.

Caliban’s War is a thrilling tale of adventure, heroism, and the fight for survival in the face of impossible odds.

Editoral Review

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey is a thrilling science-fiction novel that continues the story of the human race as they struggle to survive in a universe ruled by powerful alien civilizations. First published on June 7, 2012, this book is the second in the Expanse series and has become a beloved work of the genre.

Set in the far future, the story follows the adventures of the Rocinante crew as they navigate the deadly politics of the solar system while trying to prevent a full-blown war. With the growing tension between the Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance, the crew must race against time to find a missing child with a powerful secret that could mean the difference between peace and destruction.

The author, James S.A. Corey (a pen name for the co-writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), creates a rich and complex world that is both engaging and thought-provoking. The characters are well-developed and relatable, with each one facing unique challenges that bring them to life on the page.

The pacing of the story is excellent, with just enough action and exposition to keep the reader engaged without feeling overwhelmed. One of the strengths of the book is its exploration of timely themes such as politics, war, and the ethics of technology.

Through the eyes of its characters, Caliban’s War poses questions about the role of humanity in a universe beyond our understanding. The political intrigue of the story also feels authentic, with the author creating a realistic and nuanced portrayal of the inner workings of power.

The writing, in general, is excellent, with beautiful descriptions and a masterful use of dialogue that brings the characters to life. The plot structure is well-done, with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing without feeling contrived.

The only weakness of the book is that it sometimes feels like it relies too heavily on action to move the story forward, which can be a bit exhausting at times. Overall, Caliban’s War is a must-read for fans of science-fiction and anyone looking for a compelling and thought-provoking story.

If you enjoyed the first book in the series or are a fan of similar works like Dune or Star Trek, you won’t be disappointed. The book’s thoughtful exploration of complex themes combined with its exciting plot make it a standout in the genre and a worthy addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

We give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.