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Leviathan Wakes is an excellent, fast-paced, well-thought-out version of a near-future, space-faring humanity. Full of actual science, realistic characters, and a believable human future, the novel contains some very intriguing ideas about space combat and possible alien life. I'd recommend this book to hard-core science fiction lovers along with just about anyone.
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Humanity has colonized the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond — but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for — and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations — and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

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"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." George R.R. Martin

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"This is the future the way it was supposed to be." The Wall Street Journal

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"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." io9.com

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"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one." Jo Walton, author of Farthing

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Fans of large canvas space opera in the tradition of David Weber's Honor Harrington novels as well as readers who enjoy fast-paced hard sf with a dash of noir should relish this remarkable series opener, a standout addition to any collection. Library Journal

Review:

"The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this series at www.the-expanse.com.

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Cheri P, October 13, 2014 (view all comments by Cheri P)
I really liked this book. A lot. As in, I pushed my bedtime back to read one more chapter. Snuck in reading sessions in between household chores. Ignored other tasks in favor of Leviathan Wakes... Yes, I'm tired. Sleep deprived. If only I could read rather than, oh, go to work.

Four or five? Such a hard call.

Is this book amazing? I don't know if I'd go that far... but I thought it was really, really good. I don't read detective fiction, but I sure loved this element in Leviathan Wakes. Miller was an interesting (flawed, thoughtful, human) character, and I enjoyed each of his chapters. Jim Holden was also good - space cowboy with an ethical flair....

I liked how these two characters played off each other. They're both brilliant and idiotic. Idealistic and jaded. Selfish and utterly selfless.

Sometimes "space operas" are hard for me. I want to like them, but often they're just... too much. Here, though, it's closer to home. Our solar system, our little piece of the sky. Just close enough to make sense to me.

I'll be reading Expanse #2, for sure.
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Egg_salad, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Egg_salad)
Good hard scifi / horror story. I generally enjoy stories that explain what happens with new scientific discoveries, and this book / the series promises to focus on these story elements. Characters were well drawn as well. It was interesting to have what seemed like a 40s noir like character in a hard sci fi book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781841499895
Author:
Corey, James S.A.
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Leviathan Wakes is an excellent, fast-paced, well-thought-out version of a near-future, space-faring humanity. Full of actual science, realistic characters, and a believable human future, the novel contains some very intriguing ideas about space combat and possible alien life. I'd recommend this book to hard-core science fiction lovers along with just about anyone.

"Review" by , "It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written."
"Review" by , "This is the future the way it was supposed to be."
"Review" by , "As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form."
"Review" by , "If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one."
"Review" by , Fans of large canvas space opera in the tradition of David Weber's Honor Harrington novels as well as readers who enjoy fast-paced hard sf with a dash of noir should relish this remarkable series opener, a standout addition to any collection.
"Review" by , "The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels."
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