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Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

eBook - 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: 9780316175180
Branch Call Number: EBOOK FIC COREY 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (582 pages)


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First in "The Expanse" series, nominated for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Series.

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Feb 15, 2021

This story is the first in the series, and revolves around two characters James Holden the executive officer of a ship that mines the rings of Saturn bringing loads of ice to mining colonies in the Asteroid Belt. Holden and his crew receive a distress call from a ship called "The Scopuli", and when they go to investigate they get more than they bargained for.

The second character is a police officer - Detective Miller who is searching for a missing girl. His assignment is to find the girl, and when his trail leads to "The Scopuli" too, then things get interesting.

The book is highly recommended.

Tigard_HalstedB Feb 02, 2021

A solid start to a fun and fast-paced space opera. I enjoyed reading it about the same amount as watching S1 of “The Expanse” but for different reasons.

Feb 01, 2021

Set in a future where humans have colonized parts of the solar system, tensions run high between Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt, the latter of which are largely exploited for their manual labor and natural resources. Jim Holden, Executive Officer on an ice-hauling ship, answers a distress call with other members of the crew when the ship is destroyed, unwillingly entangling them in a brewing war and a dangerous plan— one involving Julie Mao, a missing political activist and daughter of a wealthy businessman. Detective Joe Miller, a belter, has been hired by the father to search for Julie, but as his search grows more dangerous, he grows more obsessed as he starts to uncover a bigger picture. The plot is excellent and incredibly engaging, and the setting is original and unique yet easy to slip into. The characters are lively, and the world is fascinating. It’s a definite recommendation for any fans of science fiction, and you will definitely be ready to pick up the next book in the series after closing the cover on this one. 4/5. -@greencrushed of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 22, 2021

Oh. My. Goodness. Did I love this book. This is the best space opera, the best science fiction (besides Doctor Who of course) that I have read in a really, really long time. The text is descriptive without being flowery. The authors aren't trying to show you how educated and high-brow they are (hello, Ancillary Justice) by taking forever to get to the point, or imparting each and every feeling of each character, or focusing on space politics (yeah, that's a thing). At no point was I bored, or felt like I needed to put the book down and take a break or reach for something else- and that's impressive given the size. I became immediately attached to Holden, Naomi, Alex and Amos. Miller quickly grew on me as well. The evolution of humans into space, into the Belt and on Mars made sense as did the growing tensions among Earth, Mars and the Belt. The authors tried as much as possible to base future science on fact rather than fiction, and the specifics of spaceships and flight didn't seem all that far-fetched. The introduction of the alien proto-molecule made the pace intense, and there were several points in the story where I was on the edge of my seat, desperately needing to know what happened next.
This is a huge world, with a lot more story to tell, and I can't wait to get to the next one.

SuJF Jan 10, 2021

Absolutely amazing start to a series, a wonderful character driven space opera.
It's got everything you need excellent characters, mystery intrigue, and a fair bit of swearing and snark.

Nov 29, 2020

This slow-paced character-driven space-opera combines classic science fiction with detective-style noir, and then adds a little goopy horror into the mix. The story follows the adventures of two main characters: a down on his luck hard-boiled detective who has seen better days, and a straight-laced officer working on a long distance ice hauler. They gather a motley crew of misfits and figure out how to save the universe from a nameless eldritch horror. The writing is typical science fiction -- it's plain, serviceable, and a bit flat. The story is good enough, if a bit long (600+ pages), and there are at least seven more books in the series. This is the original source material for a popular TV show called *The Expanse.*

Sep 25, 2020

Awesome book! looking forwards to binge reading the entire series and then proceeding to binge watch the shows!

Jul 05, 2020

Reading this book felt like watching futuristic film noir. I am interested to see where the author plans to take this series.

Jun 21, 2020

I came across these books after watching the Amazon Prime series and honestly I'm amazed at how great of an adaptation the show is. The books provide a higher level of detail to things they brush over in the show, like the effects of the high g juice. I'm a big fan of how this book is fairly scientific when considering the possible future of the solar system and the human race. It doesn't seem overly far off that with the right discoveries in technology, we could colonize the solar system in a similar way hundreds of years in the future. This book is a great read and not overly hard to understand; even when dealing with rocket science. Highly recommended.

Jan 25, 2020

Interesting premise, but a few problems:

1) One of the main characters is cop that used to be good until he started having a drinking problem. Now, he assigned the partners no one want to work with, or the cases no one is eager to see solved. Frankly, that is quite cliché enough - but then, he is given a missing person's job that he takes a personal interest in, and continues to work on even when told to stop. Could the author not come up with something original?

2) The book is way too long. The story is told from the point of view of two characters, alternating chapter by chapter: the cop mentioned above, and an officer of a space cargo ship who comes across a mystery when trying to rescue another ship. The parts with the cop drag things done, and could have been reduced to concentrate on the action in space, where the interest really lays. Plus, once the officer and the cop reach their common objective after teaming up, and a few scenes that felt like a conclusion and an emotional farewell to the characters, the author introduces a plot twist and keeps the story going. This takes up the last 20% of the book. It might have worked if it had been cut altogether from this book, and developed more in the second book of the series. As it is, I just felt that whole part boring.

Finally, it is an American book, and it feels like it, in that former colonies are antagonistic towards Earth. Yes, that was the experience in America and in a lot of colonies in Africa (whether British, French or other European colonies), but it is not by far a universal experience. Plus, the privilege of carrying weapon is not a universal right. While it is not as overboard as in other stories I have read, the expectation is there that people who be carrying weapon.

In the end, the book did not interest in reading the rest of the series.

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Feb 11, 2017

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

Apr 04, 2016

Violence: Lots of death ranching from graphic to implied.

Apr 04, 2016

Coarse Language: Swearing mostly is future speak like BSG.


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