I read Leviathan Wakes after reading thewheelbarrow’s review last year, loved it, and just finished devouring the sequel. It’s also terrific, if not quiiiite as good as the first one.
The alien goo that nearly destroyed everything in the first book is now camped out on Venus, doing mysterious things and scaring the hell out of all the scientists trying to keep tabs on it. When a small experimental attack finally comes, humanity handles it about as well as you’d expect. Rather than band together to defeat a common enemy, the Earthers, Martians, and Belters are all “every man for himself!” and scrambling around like jerks. Our hero Captain Holden, however, remains one of the good guys, and the story follows him and his crew, as well as some new characters, as they try to keep the universe together.
There are spaceships, and an interstellar hunt for a missing little girl, and monsters, heroics and double-crosses, science and mushy stuff. It’s totally fun, and I can’t wait to read the next one.
“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?”
“You tell me, Captain.”
“You find someone else for them to fight.”