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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (June 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316129089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316129084
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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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

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

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

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton." --- Charlie Stross

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

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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If you're looking for a new sci-fi series to sink your teeth into, look no further than the Expanse series by James S. A. Corey.
I couldn't get enough of this first book; Leviathan Wakes. It's absolutely great. The characters are very well fleshed out and are memorable. It's very well written. It reads almost as though you are watching a TV series. Even though it's 500+ pages, it's a very quick read. I highly recommend this book.
In fact, I ordered the next two books in the series before I was finished reading this one.
It's just that good.
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Characterization: 6/10
Both Holden and Miller get through some seriously messed up situations in this novel. I feel that some of the changes that Miller underwent were a bit strange. I don't really want to get into spoilers if at all possible, and so I'll just say that some of what goes on in Miller's head by the end of the novel is a little bit beyond weird for me (although it's possible I just don't understand his condition). Holden is great in that he is a little bit of a pot-stirrer, which is something that most people can root for. He tends to do what he thinks is right even if it might get him blown into a kazillion pieces, and that's something I definitely can appreciate. Unfortunately, due to the blistering pace, the characters have very little in the way of free time for subplots and or anything that might let us see past the first layers of their personality. The characters do what is needed of them and in an entertaining way, which I think works for this novel.

Plotting and Pacing: 9/10
While a bit of luck (and/or directing by the authors) is involved in getting the two main characters together, the plot moves along at a blistering pace. They start Brandon Sanderson style, with a giant hook that pulls you right in and doesn't want to let you go. It's tough to resist. Sometimes when I was reading I felt like I was watching an episode of 24, because the authors leave you at the end of a chapter on a cliffhanger. This isn't necessarily a bad thing if you want a quick read, so again it works for this novel. The authors have stated in numerous interviews that they wanted, above all else, for their novel to be entertaining. They succeed.
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An easy read with great characters, a good and exciting plot. The general setting is very well described, though the solar-system-wide political landscape is rather simplified, and a couple of times it made me hesitate, but really it wasn't a problem. Fictional politics bore me, anyway. Well executed​ basic space opera. Fun read.
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I found this to be another very fun, very fast-paced read. I was trying to get a friend to read this and I described it as 'Die Hard in space' and I think that feels about right but undersells the depth a bit. Having read the books out of order I was excited to meet Detective Miller and wasn't disappointed. Loved the casual noir and how it complemented Holden's more typical scifi hero archetype. Have loaned the book out to four people and all of them very much enjoyed it.
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I'm a huge fan of science fiction, and I've been looking for a few good reads to fill time over the holidays. I picked this book up and couldn't put it down - I enjoyed the characters and the universe that's been created by James Corey. I enjoy the fact that humanity's future isn't a glossed, Star Trek-style future, but a more practical and believable one. I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to all my friends.
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The Good:

1) Politics. The book imagines a colonized solar system, with Earth, Mars and the outer planets in a three-way balance of political power. What begins as a peaceful co-existence (albeit with some resentment) becomes a powderkeg as events during the book stir up political tensions. On a more local level, the physical, cultural, and psychological differences between Earthers and 'Belters' are examined, and this adds some colour and interest.

2) Plot/pacing. There are plenty of surprises and developments, particularly in the first half of the book, and the characters are put in a variety of situations. There are two alternating viewpoint characters, and for most of the book they're pursuing different threads. When the two threads come together, the pace sags a little, but picks up again as the book approaches its conclusion.

3) Alien threat. Rather than a blatant show of force, the book builds up the alien menace through mystery and the occasional weird/gruesome scene. Unfortunately there's a brief use of the "zombie crutch" but this is a minor lapse. For the most part, the light touch creates a nice, sinister threat that looms over the book.

The Bad:

1) Characterization. The only character with significant depth was Miller. The remaining characters were either cliches (e.g. the cussing, whoring, hard-drinking ship's mechanic) or simply shallow. Unfortunately, this includes the second viewpoint character (Holden), who has no interesting inner conflict or memorable traits.

2) "Hollywood disease.
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