Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

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When Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316175180
0316175188
Branch Call Number: PS3601.B677 L48 2011x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file.

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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

I would describe LEVIATHAN WAKES as a good read for young people and people just exploring science fiction, and a light space adventure for adults and anyone who've been reading in the genre for a while.

Most of the plot threads are derivative of other more well-known works; nothing remarkably original here. The characters are well defined (the ship commander is refreshingly not "gung ho"), but there's no real development of any of them.

This is a well-plotted story that moves along at a brisk pace. A good piece of escapist fiction. It reads like a very detailed treatment of a story for a movie, but doesn't offer anything that would qualify it as literature.

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danomcd
Nov 01, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and it was a definate page turner late into many nights.

I liked the development of the two main characters (Miller and Holden) and the interplay of their personalities. I also thought the obsession that Miller had with finding what happened to missing woman.

My only real criticism was that I found that the story started to fall apart at the end. The author had worked so hard to make a believable science based future and then the "Leviathan awakes". Some token comments are made about how moving MASSIVE WEIGHTS at RIDICULOUSLY FAST rates was still within the realm of possible but it didn't ring at all believable.

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goddessbeth
Oct 31, 2016

It'd be hard to overstate how much I loved this book. My family has been raving about it all year long (they'd read it before SyFy channel made the TV series, but the show just jazzed them all up again). But it's an intimidatingly long 562 pages, so I was....hesitant.

My OTSP Secret Sister sent it to me, though, so I bucked up and plunged in....and was swept away. I read it in 10 days. TEN DAYS. I sacrificed a lot of sleep because of this book (and I don't regret it at all). Where to start? It's got a great cast of incredibly well-realized characters who are so believable, you can't help but be invested in them. I'm not as savvy as Miller, but I completely understood his frustrations with Holden, who I'm probably most like in terms of idealism. The chapters swap POV between the two men, as their lives head toward intersection, and then beyond. Each is working their own mystery, which turns out to be related, and guys.....SO full of twists. There were moments of creep factor 11 here, and things so uncanny that they gave me physical shivers.

It's not so hard science fiction that you'll feel ostracized if you aren't an astrophysicist, but it IS smart scifi, in that Corey accounts for gravity in space travel, on space stations, on asteroids, etc., what space battles and radar would realistically be like, how humanity could survive in such harsh environments, etc. All of the science served to bolster the believability of this story, and didn't distract at all from it. The writing was tight, the tension was constant, and I just could NOT put this down for more than a few hours at a time.

I highly recommend it to you. I don't care if you don't normally read science fiction, or if space stories bore you, or if you scare easily, or if you don't like mystery. You should read this book. It's amazing. And then pick up book 2 (like I hope to).

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BrianSioui
Oct 22, 2016

Good sci-fi for anyone who enjoys reading.

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RogueJen
Aug 31, 2016

A fascinating look into a somewhat grim future. Leviathan Wakes does a great job mixing space opera and mystery. I did find the description a bit misleading - a reluctant ship's captain and a washed up detective don't really find themselves mixed up in a case of a missing girl...they don't even meet each other until halfway through the book and they each have their own storylines until then. Those plots are masterfully woven together though, and the book really engrossing.

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Ethan_Annis
Jul 13, 2016

Leviathan Wakes belongs to the space opera subgenre of science fiction. Space opera is known for grand scale adventures set in space with failure leading to enormous consequences. Star Wars may be the most famous space opera. Great space opera also has well enough developed characters that the reader cares about them.

Leviathan Wakes is great space opera. It takes place in a future when humans inhabit most of the solar system. James Holden and his crew are trying to determine what happened to a ship they found with a dead crew onboard. Meanwhile Detective Miller, a hardboiled detective, is trying to find a missing woman. The two mysteries are entwined. The writing is superb and it feels like the writers have imagined a whole solar system of which we are seeing just a sliver. Although I loved Leviathan's Wake, in my opinion the next two books in the trilogy are not worth reading. The third book, Abaddon's Gate, is especially disappointing.

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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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MrMann
Feb 11, 2017

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bluewolf67 Feb 08, 2012

bluewolf67 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 90

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