Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Book - 2011 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780316129084
0316129089
9781448768073
1448768071
Branch Call Number: COREY
Characteristics: 582 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Expanse (Television program)

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Lady_Librarian
Mar 25, 2019

I feel so torn giving this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed the overall storyline. My issues are with how women are portrayed in this book. First there's no female POV character, which is not a big deal. Several women side characters are killed off for the purpose of moving forward the story. But my number one issue is how the two main male POVs think of women. They are both obsessed with women in a over the top, creepy way. I don't want to go into too much detail so as not to spoil anything but there were a lot of cringy moments when reading this. That all said I will try book 2. I know there is at least one female POV and I would like to see how the authors handle that. I also plan on checking out the show and seeing if the cringe worthy sections come across or if they are toned down (I'm betting they'll be gone or not obvious).

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bogwolf
Feb 20, 2019

Hrm...
Did I really like it or was it amazing...
Aw, let's just give up the five stars. I could figure out ways to talk myself into a harsher critique, but is it worth the effort?

If you liked Ender's Game & Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide & Fire on the Deep... Then I'm pretty sure you're gonna like this Space Opera. High stakes, multi-planet, multi-(snip; that would be a spoiler)...
Anyway, space. With space suits, and space ships and space battles... in space

almost 600 pages, but reads pretty quickly. Knock yourselves out.

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spursfanop
Aug 22, 2018

TV series is great and book is not disappointing. Great characters and plot in outer space

MWBalderstone Jul 02, 2018

A fun book with a very well crafted and believable future solar system. However, the best part of this book is the world building which creates a varied and interesting setting for an unfortunately clichéd storyline to play out; epitomized by the self-righteous, all American hero who is going to save the solar system and get the girl while doing so. Overall a worthwhile read - especially for fans of sci-fi - but let down by its conservative story telling.

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tleonard81
Jan 24, 2018

WOW! I didn't think this one was going to be good. i'm not a sci fi guy but very happily surprised. Well written, understandable science and pretty funny in parts. Can't wait to read the others in the series

Very well written sci-fi. This book is slow initially, but then goes to the next level about half way through. The characters are fun to read about. I would recommend to anyone.

SCL_Justin Jul 13, 2017

Leviathan Wakes is the first book in The Expanse. It’s got a couple of viewpoint characters: Holden and Miller. Miller is a detective on Ceres, and Holden starts off as the executive officer on an ice-hauling spacecraft. Things happen and soon the solar system is engulfed in war while these two are trying to do something about it.

It’s a good book. I enjoyed the politics, and the Firefly-esque nature of the ship-bound stuff. A lot more characters died than I expected, and the only alien in the book was pretty intense. I appreciated the consequences that radiation poisoning had on characters, even though they could get most of their organs regrown. It didn’t blow my mind, but it was very well executed. The plot kept the problem-solution-escalation dance spinning nicely and the bouncing between viewpoints kept me reading.

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bansidthe
Jun 22, 2017

A good read and the start of an epic series. Easy to read with good pacing although the biological principles were rather strained regarding the activity of the protomolecule...that is why it is fiction.

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tjdickey
May 18, 2017

The first book of this series begins a sweeping story, rich in characters who are believably human but just exotic enough, in powerfully interlocking layers of espionage and intrigue (think Game of Thrones or classic Dune), and in surprising twists from politics, betrayals, and alien technologies. Well worth the read!

KateHillier May 03, 2017

I will admit that I almost put this down after this first hundred pages. I am very glad I stayed with it. It's something I eventually found myself rationing so I could stay with it longer.

We have two main narratives here: a conspiracy with a working class crew coming across something they shouldn't have, and a detective noir story with a detective looking for a missing girl. The two main point of views are very different but they also ave very similar characteristics in their differences.

The characters overall are very compelling, easier once we focus on a certain few and that's what got me through the politics and factions. I'm glad that the world wasn't spoonfed but some work is required to follow along. A whole bunch of other genres are called into play here and once I had an idea of where I was in this story there was no stopping the momentum. Even when people are just in a room talking.

It's all awesome and I am eagerly waiting for my hold on book 2 to come through!

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MrMann
Feb 11, 2017

Sexual Content: Stereotypical, hetero-normative content. Some vulgar humor.

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Hreindyri
Apr 04, 2016

Violence: Lots of death ranching from graphic to implied.

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Hreindyri
Apr 04, 2016

Coarse Language: Swearing mostly is future speak like BSG.

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