Leviathan Wakes

James S.A. Corey
The first novel in James S.A. Corey's SF New York Times bestselling Expanse series. 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.


Reviewed: 2018-07-11

For the size of the book I was actually able to read it in a decent amount of time. I will admit I did watch the TV show on SYFY before I read this book. There are some slight differences in what happened in the book to what happened on the show. Overall an excellent book. I plan on continuing in the series in book form as well as the show.

The book is well written. Each chapter is in the point of view of a different character. In this book in alternates between two people Holden and Miller. Because of this there is some overlap for when the characters actually meet.

Reviewed: 2016-05-30
I decided to read this because I watched the first season of the show on SyFy, and really enjoyed it.

I'm glad I made that decision. The book was wonderful, and sci-fi/space operas are not my normal genres.

The tv show followed the plot of the book very closely, with the exception of some storylines/characters being introduced into the show earlier than they did in the book series. I'd say the first season of the show covers about 3/4 of this book...give or take.

The story is told via the alternating POV of Miller, a downtrodden police detective, and Holden, an idealistic young XO on a ice hauling ship.

Miller is looking for a missing young woman, Holden is trying to keep himself and his crew alive after they stumble upon something they shouldn't.

The two stories run parallel to each other for awhile, but once they merge, then story really gets going.

Add in a potential war between Earth and Mars with a fringe group also in play, and you end up with a very exciting story. It made a very long book seem much shorter than it actually was.

Looking forward to reading the next in the series!
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