Paperback, 592 pages

English language

Published June 2, 2011 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-1-84149-988-8
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ASIN:
1841499889
Audible ASIN:
B073HBQXMT
Goodreads:
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4 stars (56 reviews)

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 …

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A review from Goodreads

4 stars

I don't know why but I was expecting a fast action-paced space opera. But I thought it had too many political discussions and background and a lack of action. I enjoyed the world-building, though! It seems like this world can be expanded and explored to create amazing stories. I like noir-style detective stories but detective Miller was not my favorite character. The highlight is Rocinante's crew dynamics. I loved the mix of Earthlings, Martians and Belters. It is interesting to imagine that as humankind explores the universe there will be new languages, mixed cultures and different body types.

**UPDATE: I had originally given this book a 3 star rating mainly because I didn't like the pace (or I was in a bad mood) but after I saw The Expanse TV series I changed my mind about the book. Is that possible? So now it is a 4 star!

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

So I started reading this book 1 year ago...
I remember very vaguely that it kind of bored me; the vocabulary was complicated, the author uses some technical words I don't understand, and it generally didn't entertain me...
However, the idea of an interplanetary society that's set up in this novel, is very fascinating, additionally with the perspectives of 2 different, opposite characters, is also a very interesting way of telling a story.

Ultimately, I would give it a 3/5

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Um, here's a thought, but don't read it unless you've already read the book, okay:

I feel kinda horrible to say it, but I was kinda glad when Miller got killed off. Not that I wasn't sad; he was one of my favorite characters, and I really loved how he developed over the course of the novel. It's just like this: if I'm going to stick around for a what, nine-book series, I want to see that the authors aren't afraid of change. Too many books I've read are afraid to let anything happen because they want their readers to keep loving the characters they first saw. (The Oz series is predominantly on my mind; every book solved the conflict with yet another magic object to the point where one of the later plots--and in my opinion one of the more interesting ones--has an evil magician steal all their magic …

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, 1)' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Of course, I never want to be disappointed in a book I’ve chosen. Somehow, I feel especially disappointed when said book is from one of my favorite genres. This was exceedingly long in relation to the number of interesting things presented. I hope this was a daily deal (that I didn’t spend an Audible credit on it). I won’t continue with the series.

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Mankind has colonized the solar system. And just like the colonies of old, those colonies and the people living and working there are being abused to extract the resources there. Within this world of growing tension, an unknown party is willingly exploiting and aggravating that tension.

Leviathan Wakes is both a mystery novel and a grand space opera. It's an engaging and well written read. A real "just one more page" book. With all the talk about going to Mars, it's also still a very relevant "near-future" story with science that's fiction, but still, it could happen.

If you've seen the television series based on the books, the books are still very much worth a read. The story and characters are slightly different, which makes both interesting enough to experience on their own.

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I've been wanting to read this series ever since I read The Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abrahams, one of two authors behind the name James S.A. Corey. I watched the first four episodes of the show and decided I needed to read the source first. Took me a while but here I am.

I'm a bit disappointed because the series came with so much praise, and at least the first book hasn't earned all this praise yet. The worldbuilding and setting are amazing. I really like to imagine this SF universe that is focused on different powers in our solar system. The two major powers of the inner planets Earth and Mars, opposing the rougher faction of the Belters, the Outer Planet Alliance, with their own lingo, physique and attitude to life. And in comes a life-threatening event that causes a solar system-wide war as diversion.

However, …

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This book had been on my to-read list for quite some time, but the recent announcement regarding it's conversion to a TV show spurred my need to read this. Now that I have, I'm wondering why it took me this long.



The story moves at a good pace with a "can't put it down" feel. The characters are fantastic and really left me missing them after I finished the book. Leviathan Wakes is not in the category of hard science, but the authors do a reasonable job of keeping things in a realistic perspective and have built a solar system wide economy that is completely believable. This is good old fashioned Space Opera the way it should be and I am really looking forward to seeing this made into a TV series.

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Surprised and happy I read this one. The authors do a great job of keeping you in the story even when they are setting up something on the side. It's like the made a point to actively keep the reader engaged, which is weird--I know--as you'd think all books do that. Many books tell a story, this one keeps you focused while telling.

Review of 'Leviathan Wakes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm going to steal this review, as it basically sums up how I feel:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/562881283

..."All in all, a disappointing read. Adequate, and certainly not bad, but certainly not as good as I'd hoped for. I'm mildly interested in what happens next, but don't feel a burning need to buy the rest of the series."

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