Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Book - 2011
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When Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316129084
0316129089
Branch Call Number: F COREY
Characteristics: 582 pages ; 24 cm.

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It's a page turner, alright; the whole series of books and novellas are. I haven't had this much fun reading in decades.

Classic space opera set only 200 years in the future with a believable world and characters. This first book begins as a mystery but the stakes get higher as pages turn. Also has attached to it a grand science fiction series on Amazon which is different enough that both properties are enjoyable.

Leviathan Wakes was nominated for a Hugo Award, and it's a compelling read even though its limited third person writing style is told from the pov of only two characters. This opens up to more characters in the proceeding books as the story and dramatis personae truly expand.

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Lady_Librarian
Mar 25, 2019

I feel so torn giving this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed the overall storyline. My issues are with how women are portrayed in this book. First there's no female POV character, which is not a big deal. Several women side characters are killed off for the purpose of moving forward the story. But my number one issue is how the two main male POVs think of women. They are both obsessed with women in a over the top, creepy way. I don't want to go into too much detail so as not to spoil anything but there were a lot of cringy moments when reading this. That all said I will try book 2. I know there is at least one female POV and I would like to see how the authors handle that. I also plan on checking out the show and seeing if the cringe worthy sections come across or if they are toned down (I'm betting they'll be gone or not obvious).

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bogwolf
Feb 20, 2019

Hrm...
Did I really like it or was it amazing...
Aw, let's just give up the five stars. I could figure out ways to talk myself into a harsher critique, but is it worth the effort?

If you liked Ender's Game & Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide & Fire on the Deep... Then I'm pretty sure you're gonna like this Space Opera. High stakes, multi-planet, multi-(snip; that would be a spoiler)...
Anyway, space. With space suits, and space ships and space battles... in space

almost 600 pages, but reads pretty quickly. Knock yourselves out.

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spursfanop
Aug 22, 2018

TV series is great and book is not disappointing. Great characters and plot in outer space

MWBalderstone Jul 02, 2018

A fun book with a very well crafted and believable future solar system. However, the best part of this book is the world building which creates a varied and interesting setting for an unfortunately clichéd storyline to play out; epitomized by the self-righteous, all American hero who is going to save the solar system and get the girl while doing so. Overall a worthwhile read - especially for fans of sci-fi - but let down by its conservative story telling.

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tleonard81
Jan 24, 2018

WOW! I didn't think this one was going to be good. i'm not a sci fi guy but very happily surprised. Well written, understandable science and pretty funny in parts. Can't wait to read the others in the series

Very well written sci-fi. This book is slow initially, but then goes to the next level about half way through. The characters are fun to read about. I would recommend to anyone.

SCL_Justin Jul 13, 2017

Leviathan Wakes is the first book in The Expanse. It’s got a couple of viewpoint characters: Holden and Miller. Miller is a detective on Ceres, and Holden starts off as the executive officer on an ice-hauling spacecraft. Things happen and soon the solar system is engulfed in war while these two are trying to do something about it.

It’s a good book. I enjoyed the politics, and the Firefly-esque nature of the ship-bound stuff. A lot more characters died than I expected, and the only alien in the book was pretty intense. I appreciated the consequences that radiation poisoning had on characters, even though they could get most of their organs regrown. It didn’t blow my mind, but it was very well executed. The plot kept the problem-solution-escalation dance spinning nicely and the bouncing between viewpoints kept me reading.

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bansidthe
Jun 22, 2017

A good read and the start of an epic series. Easy to read with good pacing although the biological principles were rather strained regarding the activity of the protomolecule...that is why it is fiction.

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tjdickey
May 18, 2017

The first book of this series begins a sweeping story, rich in characters who are believably human but just exotic enough, in powerfully interlocking layers of espionage and intrigue (think Game of Thrones or classic Dune), and in surprising twists from politics, betrayals, and alien technologies. Well worth the read!

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MrMann
Feb 11, 2017

Sexual Content: Stereotypical, hetero-normative content. Some vulgar humor.

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Hreindyri
Apr 04, 2016

Violence: Lots of death ranching from graphic to implied.

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Hreindyri
Apr 04, 2016

Coarse Language: Swearing mostly is future speak like BSG.

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