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Behemoth : Seppuku (2004)

de Peter Watts

Sèrie: Rifters Trilogy (Book 3, Vol 2)

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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 "Maelstrom"0, 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 on the ocean floor. Atlantis was an exit strategy for the corporate elite, a place where the world's Movers and Shakers had hidden from the doomsday microbe ehemoth-and from the hordes of the moved and the shaken left behind. For five years "rifters" and "corpses" have lived in a state of uneasy truce, united by fear of the outside world. But now that world closes in. An unknown enemy hunts them through the crushing darkness of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. ehemoth- twisted, mutated, more virulent than ever-has found them already. The fragile armistice between the rifters and their one-time masters has exploded into all-out war, and not even the legendary Lenie Clarke can take back the body count. Billions have died since she loosed ehemoth upon the world. Billions more are bound to. The whole biosphere came apart at the seams while Lenie Clarke hid at the bottom of the sea and did nothing. But now there is no place left to hide. The consequences of past acts reach inexorably to the very floor of the world, and Lenie Clarke must return to confront the mess she made. Redemption doesn't come easy with the blood of a world on your hands. But even after five years in pitch-black purgatory, Lenie Clarke is still Lenie Clarke. There will be consequences for anyone who gets in her way-and worse ones, perhaps, if she succeeds... "ehemoth: Seppuku" concludes the final act (begun in "ehemoth: -Max") of Peter Watts's chilling and powerful Rifters series.… (més)
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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 ended up picking it up and reading it until it was officially time to wake up. Usually, if I wake up early, I just go back to sleep!

As with the third book, there were very few passages of a primarily technical nature. The book was more story and character-based, and I think it moved at a faster pace than the earlier books. The ending was decent but not amazing. It was what I would call a “hopeful” ending (with plenty of unhappiness mixed in), but it definitely didn’t wrap everything up. I had a few unanswered questions after I’d finished it and there were some small threads that were left hanging. I also wasn’t very happy with the return on my investment in reading the third book. I don't want to risk elaborating on that comment, not even in spoiler tags, but I imagine anybody who’s read both books will understand what I mean. Overall, I would have liked a more extensive ending. However, I have to admit it’s pretty rare for me to feel completely satisfied with an ending, especially if I like the story. If I really liked a story, I almost always want more details before the story comes to an end. ( )
  YouKneeK | Jan 24, 2014 |
After a disappointing middle, the trilogy ends on a strong note, although not as well as I had hoped, given Starfish's amazing beginning. ( )
  ethayer | Dec 4, 2012 |
I read this along with B-Max - apparently Watts meant the two of these to be one story, not two books and it does have that feel. This is the weakest of the series for sure - plot-wise. There is still lots of techie-details and bio-medical information (only in the first half of the book though) that is very interesting and very cool (imagine if it were true, and how far off is it from being true??)...

but...

Watts is not an action writer, and you can tell in those scenes where Lenie and Lubin head out to "battle" the bad guy. These scenes are too long to maintain suspense. The physical struggle to get to the bad guy is not realistic, and, actually, I didn't really care at that point if I finished the book or not. I read this series for the interesting take on future-tech, not on a blind bleeding guy saving the world a la Superman. ( )
  crazybatcow | Jul 14, 2012 |
I read this together with Behemoth : B-Max ( )
  francescadefreitas | Feb 28, 2010 |
The life form βehemoth is on track for taking over Earth's ecosystems and wiping out life as we know it. Lenie Clarke, the woman who first spread it, thinks she has a chance to save the earth-- but is this new lifeform Seppuku, which can outcompete even βehemoth, created to save the world or to end it faster?

Watts keeps up the pace of the series all the way through the end of the book. Rifters is all about the horrified fascination: Watts has found a lot of unpleasant things to pack into his future, but the realistic detail keeps me intrigued. ( )
  slothman | Dec 11, 2007 |
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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 "Maelstrom"0, 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 on the ocean floor. Atlantis was an exit strategy for the corporate elite, a place where the world's Movers and Shakers had hidden from the doomsday microbe ehemoth-and from the hordes of the moved and the shaken left behind. For five years "rifters" and "corpses" have lived in a state of uneasy truce, united by fear of the outside world. But now that world closes in. An unknown enemy hunts them through the crushing darkness of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. ehemoth- twisted, mutated, more virulent than ever-has found them already. The fragile armistice between the rifters and their one-time masters has exploded into all-out war, and not even the legendary Lenie Clarke can take back the body count. Billions have died since she loosed ehemoth upon the world. Billions more are bound to. The whole biosphere came apart at the seams while Lenie Clarke hid at the bottom of the sea and did nothing. But now there is no place left to hide. The consequences of past acts reach inexorably to the very floor of the world, and Lenie Clarke must return to confront the mess she made. Redemption doesn't come easy with the blood of a world on your hands. But even after five years in pitch-black purgatory, Lenie Clarke is still Lenie Clarke. There will be consequences for anyone who gets in her way-and worse ones, perhaps, if she succeeds... "ehemoth: Seppuku" concludes the final act (begun in "ehemoth: -Max") of Peter Watts's chilling and powerful Rifters series.

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