Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

The second installment is just as good as the first, if not better. We get a few more viewpoints in addition to Holden. Prax, a botanist whose search for his daughter is the driver for the plot. Bobby, a Martian marine and Avasarala, a major UN figure. Avasarala is an amazing character, a foul-mouthed, no nonsense figure who basically runs the UN, after watching the show I totally get why she was included from the start.

The stakes are raised in this one, we see some great action sequences, and though I thought it was a little slow at the start, the last half of the book flew by. Holden goes through his own character arc, starting off a little jaded, more like Miller. I also really love the crew on the Rocinante, I think it would be cool to get a POV on some of those. The end was suitably spectacular and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Just a quick note. I watched the show before reading the books and from what I remember I really don’t like what they’ve done with Amos. He’s one of my favorite characters in the books and I remember not really liking him in the show. Perhaps I just took up his character wrong in the show but if so it’s a real shame. Yeah he’s dangerous and you never quite know what he’s going to do, but he is loyal to the crew, he’s a good guy. 

5 stars out of 5

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