Leviathan Wakes Paperback – Jun 15 2011
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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The new show made me curious enough to check out the books and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really enjoying them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Travis M Lasiuk
Great read. People coined this series as the "Game of Thrones" in space. It has some elements from TGOT but to me this series is more closer to Joss Whedon's Firefly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevino K K Kwan
Leviathan Wakes is an enjoyable, albeit at times amateur-ish feeling, space romp that reads fast and doesn't try anything too risky. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt Sanderson
A good balance story with believable characters continuing a previous thread. The appearance of something new in the solar system offers the opportunity for the story of grand... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alan Stange
I love this story and am looking forward to reading other books in his series. I am interested to know where they story goes from here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynn Snedden
3.5* To write a really good Science Fiction a writer requires a good imagination and James S.A. Core has proved this with the success of Leviathan Wake. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frances
Got this book because I was tired of waiting to see what would happen next week on the show and I found the book to be as compelling as the show it's inspired. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer