Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Paperback - 2011
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From a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author comes a modern masterwork of science fiction, introducing a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl.

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.

" Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." --George R. R. Martin

The Expanse

Leviathan Wakes

Caliban's War

Abaddon's Gate

Cibola Burn

Nemesis Games

Babylon's Ashes

Persepolis Rising

Tiamat's Wrath

Leviathan Falls

The Expanse Short Fiction

The Butcher of Anderson Station

Gods of Risk

The Churn

The Vital Abyss

Strange Dogs

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316129084
Branch Call Number: FICTION COREY
Characteristics: 582 p. ; 24 cm.


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laurendouglass Jun 01, 2021

I'm another fan that watched every episode of the TV show and only then started the books. I liked the book, but then read some of the reviews from my fellow library readers (Thanks BiblioCommons!) and have to agree that the book has some problems with misogyny, depiction of women, and folks who don't fit in rigid male/female roles. This made me appreciate the TV show all the more. The show runners, writers, producers, crew and cast took a white cis male centered plot and turned it into a fully fleshed out universe that shows a more multi faceted humanity. And thank god they moved up Avasarala's entrance to the first season!

May 24, 2021

I came at this novel as a fan of the tv show, interested to see the changes made in the adaptation to film. The truth of it is that this book is misogynistic and really triggering for women and non-binary people to read.

Please be advised that this book contains racist exotification of a Black woman, bioessentialism, a LOT of anti-sex work language and euphemisms, and mentions of p*dophilic and r*pe desires.

I was actually advised to skip this book and start at Caliban's War, I just didn't want to miss the book version of the Eros Incident, Thoth Station, and the revisit to Eros Station.

Good Things:
- I actually appreciated the writing style and the way chapters are labelled with the characters they intend to follow.
- Most chapters are pretty bite sized, making it easy to put down and pick up when needed.
- Miller actually has a personality, unlike his portrayal by Thomas Jane in the tv show.
- The pacing is fantastic and really gives you a sense of time scale in space.
- The protomolecule is legitimately horrifying.
- The found family scenes are really amazing and I wish the tv show had included them.
- Holden talking about his home life with his 8 parent polycule is really awesome, that also should have shown up in the show.

Bad Things:
- Naomi Nagata, the only woman in the main cast, is observed exclusively from the perspectives of two racist and misogynistic men.
- We only follow Holden and Miller in this entire book, with the exception of the Epilogue following Fred Johnson.
- James SA Corey is actually two people and it feels like they didn't compare notes when writing their characters so there is a lot of jarring inconsistency especially around the aforementioned triggering content.
- There are moments which feel like queerbaiting, which is unfortunate because I know this series has canon queer characters.
- Everyone's agency and motivations are less defined than in the tv show, making it feel like we stumble from plot point to plot point.

Overall, I wouldn't read this novel again and I thought the show did much better for most things with the exception of some specific details.

Feb 15, 2021

This story is the first in the series, and revolves around two characters James Holden the executive officer of a ship that mines the rings of Saturn bringing loads of ice to mining colonies in the Asteroid Belt. Holden and his crew receive a distress call from a ship called "The Scopuli", and when they go to investigate they get more than they bargained for.

The second character is a police officer - Detective Miller who is searching for a missing girl. His assignment is to find the girl, and when his trail leads to "The Scopuli" too, then things get interesting.

The book is highly recommended.

Tigard_HalstedB Feb 02, 2021

A solid start to a fun and fast-paced space opera. I enjoyed reading it about the same amount as watching S1 of “The Expanse” but for different reasons.

Feb 01, 2021

Set in a future where humans have colonized parts of the solar system, tensions run high between Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt, the latter of which are largely exploited for their manual labor and natural resources. Jim Holden, Executive Officer on an ice-hauling ship, answers a distress call with other members of the crew when the ship is destroyed, unwillingly entangling them in a brewing war and a dangerous plan— one involving Julie Mao, a missing political activist and daughter of a wealthy businessman. Detective Joe Miller, a belter, has been hired by the father to search for Julie, but as his search grows more dangerous, he grows more obsessed as he starts to uncover a bigger picture. The plot is excellent and incredibly engaging, and the setting is original and unique yet easy to slip into. The characters are lively, and the world is fascinating. It’s a definite recommendation for any fans of science fiction, and you will definitely be ready to pick up the next book in the series after closing the cover on this one. 4/5. -@greencrushed of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 22, 2021

Oh. My. Goodness. Did I love this book. This is the best space opera, the best science fiction (besides Doctor Who of course) that I have read in a really, really long time. The text is descriptive without being flowery. The authors aren't trying to show you how educated and high-brow they are (hello, Ancillary Justice) by taking forever to get to the point, or imparting each and every feeling of each character, or focusing on space politics (yeah, that's a thing). At no point was I bored, or felt like I needed to put the book down and take a break or reach for something else- and that's impressive given the size. I became immediately attached to Holden, Naomi, Alex and Amos. Miller quickly grew on me as well. The evolution of humans into space, into the Belt and on Mars made sense as did the growing tensions among Earth, Mars and the Belt. The authors tried as much as possible to base future science on fact rather than fiction, and the specifics of spaceships and flight didn't seem all that far-fetched. The introduction of the alien proto-molecule made the pace intense, and there were several points in the story where I was on the edge of my seat, desperately needing to know what happened next.
This is a huge world, with a lot more story to tell, and I can't wait to get to the next one.

SuJF Jan 10, 2021

Absolutely amazing start to a series, a wonderful character driven space opera.
It's got everything you need excellent characters, mystery intrigue, and a fair bit of swearing and snark.

Nov 29, 2020

This slow-paced character-driven space-opera combines classic science fiction with detective-style noir, and then adds a little goopy horror into the mix. The story follows the adventures of two main characters: a down on his luck hard-boiled detective who has seen better days, and a straight-laced officer working on a long distance ice hauler. They gather a motley crew of misfits and figure out how to save the universe from a nameless eldritch horror. The writing is typical science fiction -- it's plain, serviceable, and a bit flat. The story is good enough, if a bit long (600+ pages), and there are at least seven more books in the series. This is the original source material for a popular TV show called *The Expanse.*

Sep 25, 2020

Awesome book! looking forwards to binge reading the entire series and then proceeding to binge watch the shows!

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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Feb 11, 2017

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

Apr 04, 2016

Violence: Lots of death ranching from graphic to implied.

Apr 04, 2016

Coarse Language: Swearing mostly is future speak like BSG.


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