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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) Paperback – June 1, 2011
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The story told in the even-numbered chapters belongs to Miller, a security officer (essentially a corporate cop) on Ceres, a Belt gateway. Miller is assigned to find Julie Mao, the missing daughter of a wealthy corporate executive, and return her to her parents. Miller eventually hears that Julie shipped out on the Scopuli and he goes looking for her. A little less than halfway into the novel, the two storylines converge as Miller and Holden meet in a moment of unexpected violence. Miller's investigation leads him to a conspiracy that relates to the prologue in which a character melts into goo. More than that I cannot say without revealing too much of the lengthy but carefully plotted story.
This is throwback science fiction, an old school space opera married to a futuristic detective story. While much of the background in Leviathan Wakes is familiar (the privatization of law enforcement, the conflict between the old "inner planets" and the rebellious "outer planets" that resent being taxed and controlled by Earth), James Corey (the combined pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) does an impressive job of making it seem fresh.Read more ›
The Bad: They started off great, good mystery, decent pacing. Characters are so-so but work well enough given the fantastic setting. They take a great universe and wonderful setting, and then load it up with cliches and rehashes done a million times over. Alien threat, Evil/Amoral corporation justifying crazy actions with predictable rationalizations.
Bottom line: Despite the hiccups, it kept me going to the end, and I will be picking up the next book in the series. The setting and universe was great and intriguing, but the authors (yes there are two, it's two dudes under a pen name) just didn't seem to know what to do with it once they got the setup out of the way and went with the usual suspects.
As such, Leviathan Wakes works on a number of levels. Throughout the story, the influence of two authors who have been identified strongly with the fantasy genre is clear in the text: there is a wide, sweeping and epic sense to the world that's been constructed here, and the fingerprints feel very much like there's experience with fantasy here. This ranges from the somewhat tired: some of the characters feel almost a little too forced with the world-weary or tough guy things that some modern fantasy novels seem to be saddled with, to the good: the world building and scale of the storyline, which seems to grow and grow.
In a large sense, a space opera story has far more in common with a fantasy novel, as opposed to a straight up science fiction novel, although Leviathan Wakes feels at times like it's caught between the two, for better and worse: for most of the story, it's evenly balanced between the two, and it works very well from that standpoint: the science helps to inform the rules of The Expanse, while the fantastic elements get taken over by the story and its own momentum.Read more ›
The setting is a mid-range future where humanity has colonized much of the solar system with vibrant if hardscrabble habitats on Mars, the Moon, various asteroids, and many of the planetary moons. As the outer colonies grow, they strain more and more under their dependence on the inner planets and tensions between the groups are rising. What sets a match to the tinderbox of politics is the discovery of a derelict spacecraft harboring a secret that will shake the foundations of the solar system and set planets and colonies one against the other.
Central to the events are Jim Holden, second officer aboard the ice-towing ship that finds the derelict, and Miller, a detective on Ceres assigned a seemingly trivial job that will eventually connect with the derelict ship. While Holden is surrounded by a small, tight-knit group, Miller is mostly a loner, save for his fish-out-of-water new partner who grew up in the inner system. We swing back and forth between Holden and Miller's stories for a big chunk of the book, the two plot lines eventually converge and the men come together.
Leviathan really reminded me quite a bit of old-fashioned sci-fi, the kind of stuff I grew up on--Asimov, Heinlein, and the like (though much better crafted).Read more ›
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This was a page-turner! While even the author says it's not "hard"sf, it's closer to hard than most current novels... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cissa
Great opener to a wonderful series. There are so many things to love about this book. One of the marketing ploys used that got me was when it was compared to Game of Thrones (A... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Marine 1
The author proposes an interesting future for the human race. The characters and their actions are logical. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent hard sci-fi. I was recommended it as Game of Thrones in space, and I can certainly see how that comparison is drawn. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Neil the Wise
This book impressed me most because it changes style considerably while it progresses, despite the basic format remaining the same. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Maarten Hofman
Excelent read, totally worth the time. Also, I've loved the universe he has created, with a very plausible sci fi theme, but without focusing too much on it.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer