Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Book - 2011
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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.
ISBN: 9780316129084
0316129089
Characteristics: 582 p. ;,24 cm.

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susan_findlay
Jul 05, 2020

Reading this book felt like watching futuristic film noir. I am interested to see where the author plans to take this series.

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KennadiHillebrand
Jun 21, 2020

I came across these books after watching the Amazon Prime series and honestly I'm amazed at how great of an adaptation the show is. The books provide a higher level of detail to things they brush over in the show, like the effects of the high g juice. I'm a big fan of how this book is fairly scientific when considering the possible future of the solar system and the human race. It doesn't seem overly far off that with the right discoveries in technology, we could colonize the solar system in a similar way hundreds of years in the future. This book is a great read and not overly hard to understand; even when dealing with rocket science. Highly recommended.

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gillescoughlan
Jan 25, 2020

Interesting premise, but a few problems:

1) One of the main characters is cop that used to be good until he started having a drinking problem. Now, he assigned the partners no one want to work with, or the cases no one is eager to see solved. Frankly, that is quite cliché enough - but then, he is given a missing person's job that he takes a personal interest in, and continues to work on even when told to stop. Could the author not come up with something original?

2) The book is way too long. The story is told from the point of view of two characters, alternating chapter by chapter: the cop mentioned above, and an officer of a space cargo ship who comes across a mystery when trying to rescue another ship. The parts with the cop drag things done, and could have been reduced to concentrate on the action in space, where the interest really lays. Plus, once the officer and the cop reach their common objective after teaming up, and a few scenes that felt like a conclusion and an emotional farewell to the characters, the author introduces a plot twist and keeps the story going. This takes up the last 20% of the book. It might have worked if it had been cut altogether from this book, and developed more in the second book of the series. As it is, I just felt that whole part boring.

Finally, it is an American book, and it feels like it, in that former colonies are antagonistic towards Earth. Yes, that was the experience in America and in a lot of colonies in Africa (whether British, French or other European colonies), but it is not by far a universal experience. Plus, the privilege of carrying weapon is not a universal right. While it is not as overboard as in other stories I have read, the expectation is there that people who be carrying weapon.

In the end, the book did not interest in reading the rest of the series.

An enjoyable read that mixes elements of noir mystery and horror within this compelling sci fi universe. I especially liked how the author (actually a pen name for two authors) explored a future when humans are expanding to the edges of the solar system and the conflicts of identity that might take place. Not as politically conscious as I like from my sci fi (this isn't a feminist work or one that incorporates any elements of Afro-futurism) but with the physical changes from living off world that divide of "Belters" from people of Earth and Mars, a new form of racial division is explored. The alien invasion element to the story is also interesting and thought provoking.

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evanbrow
Jan 17, 2020

A strong debut. I was hooked from the beginning. The first 50 pages blew me away. I appreciated how the two POV's intersected and how the missing person mystery storyline blended in with the encroaching interplanetary war storyline. The protagonists themselves might be a little basic, but this series leans on pulp sci-fi influences, so it's forgivable. The speculative sci-fi elements are done well.

VaughanPLDavidB Dec 28, 2019

I'm reading this because of the excellent Syfy series, The Expanse, now on Amazon Prime, hoping they will continue the series for all nine books. This is the kind of science fiction I like: near future, vaguely dystopian, with a menacing alien device/life form thrown in. The science is first rate, but not too remote for the layman to understand, and the characters are all well-drawn and complex, the main ones being a jaded, cynical cop looking for redemption, and a righteous, but slightly naive crusader. I'm ready for more, but my library's not ready for me. I may have to break a rule and buy a copy of the next book.

FPL_John Oct 28, 2019

This is a great book that will pull you into the plot. It's part space opera and part mystery, but the story isn't what I like best about it. I love the world building. The book envisions a near future in which Earth has colonies on the Moon, Mars, and some asteroids. It imagines what this would do to the people living on these colonies, not just mentally, but physically and socially too. It's thoughtful and creative but keeps the action moving.

It's a page turner, alright; the whole series of books and novellas are. I haven't had this much fun reading in decades.

Classic space opera set only 200 years in the future with a believable world and characters. This first book begins as a mystery but the stakes get higher as pages turn. Also has attached to it a grand science fiction series on Amazon which is different enough that both properties are enjoyable.

Leviathan Wakes was nominated for a Hugo Award, and it's a compelling read even though its limited third person writing style is told from the pov of only two characters. This opens up to more characters in the proceeding books as the story and dramatis personae truly expand.

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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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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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