nrlymrtl, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
And then the shit got real. Yeah. the book starts with this sweeping, fantastic colonized solar system with interesting people and complicated politics. But then the fates throw in something unforeseen and it just takes this book to the next level. This was one of my favorite books of the year and it is because of what happens in the second half of the book.
i also enjoyed the few nods to other science fiction greats, like a few lines about fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune and a reference to voices in the whirlwind (Walter Jon Williams). Not only that, but sometimes the dynamics and the back and forth dialogue between Holden and his crew were reminiscent of Firefly. While none of these things were so prominent to make me say, ‘oh, try this because it is just like…..’, there were these little hat tips or chin nods to other works and I loved that. Now I wonder if I missed some…. Perhaps this will turn into an annual read.
If I have any criticism with this book, it is that there were few female characters. Julie and Naomi (from Holden’s crew) appear more than 2-5 times but are still secondary characters. There are a handful of other ladies that make brief appearances (by turns they are competent and /or ruthless).
Now that I got that out of the way, I can continue to gush about this book. I read a lot of epic fantasy because I love the detailed character development, the depth of world building, and the intricate plots. So take those three elements and squish them together with a space opera and you get the magnificence that is Leviathan Wakes. Yeah, it’s that damn good.
Alfred Ritter, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Alfred Ritter)
Very enjoyable action scifi read. When the pace is moving, it is great and it hides the book's problems. The characters are thin and idealized and the book has the typical fate of the universe hinging on the actions of a tiny few. Still, the book is a lot of fun and had me reading despite my qualms.
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battlinjack, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by battlinjack)
Expanse #1: Leviathan Wakes has been the absolute best Science Fiction novel of 2011! It is the beginning of a series that can only get better.
It is a rich story of space exploration, derelict ships from the unknown, detectives hunting for missing girls and all the politics and wrangling of a space empire.
Ice miner Jim Holden and Detective Joe Miller, lead characters that will lead you to a rich story that you will NOT put down.
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I grew up reading classic science fiction — science fiction that included science. Leviathan Wakes is in that same vein. Set the day after the day after tomorrow, when mankind has finally freed itself from the bonds of earth and has begun to colonize the solar system, James S. A. Corey offers a very believable future. He even includes inertia and gravity as the determinate forces in space flight. Leviathan Wakes is simultaneously action-packed and scientific. I'd recommend it to any science fiction fan, and I'd consider it a must-read for any space-loving science fiction reader.
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.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Corey (the shared pseudonym of Ty Franck and Hugo-nominated fantasist Daniel Abraham) kicks off a sprawling space opera series with this riveting interplanetary thriller. Relations among Earth, Mars, and the unincorporated 'Belter' settlements of the asteroid belt and outer planets are rarely more than cordial. When ice hauler Jim Holden investigates an emergency beacon on a derelict Belter ship, he finds — and broadcasts — evidence that it was attacked by Mars forces. Burnt-out Ceres Station detective Joe Miller is puzzled by a drop in organized crime violence and an oddly compelling case involving a missing Earth heiress and a cutting-edge biochemistry company, Protogen. As interplanetary civil war heats up, egged on by the aggressive IRA-like Outer Planets Alliance, Holden and Miller fight and think their way through a sticky web of politics, corporate secrets, and a possible alien invasion. The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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