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review 2017-05-06 00:00
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey Earth, Mars and the outer planets find themselves drawing battle lines as ships are being destroyed by one or the others forces.

A freighter discovers the first and finds itself being hunted for its information.

A cop is asked to find a rich kid whose turned her back on an influential family.

As the threads start coming together, they try to stop a war in their own ways.

This was a really good story, each chapter flicking between the two main characters. Holden is slightly naive, thinking that making everything public will mean everyone has all the information to make informed decisions. Miller is a slightly weary cop, more realistic, and not afraid to keep quiet until he has all the facts.

The other characters are well written, and it's tense right up until the end.
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review 2017-02-01 18:00
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey - My Thoughts
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey

Let me begin by saying that I seldom read and truly enjoy science fiction.  Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is one that I love, the Pern books, Marion Zimmer Bradley, the Mars books by Kim Stanley Robinson as well.  So I honestly wasn't expecting to be pulled into Leviathan Wakes as deeply as I was.

I had watched the first season of the TV show The Expanse (it's funny, I much prefer sci-fi TV to books and I don't know why) and loved it.  Great genre TV!  I had no intention of starting to read the series of books, but then one day, the first one went on sale and I thought, well, I'd heard about how good it was and how close to the show it was so why the hell not.  :)

It was GOOD!!  People call it a space opera.  Okay, so there's not reams and reams of physics and chemistry and explanations and stuff.  It's an action story as well as a bit of a noir detective tale!  And I like those.  There are characters who some might call stereotypes, but that sets up the exploration of the questions the plot poses.  I also saw complaints about the women in the book not being represented as well as they possibly could have been.  *sigh*  Sometimes it's not about the women, y'know.  Book 2, Caliban's War, seems to rectify that as one of the POV characters is a woman.

Anyway!  Loved the book, it read along at a brisk pace, there were twists and turns, promises kept and betrayals committed and even a sacrifice or two.  :)  One thing I will say is that compared to the TV show, we saw pretty much NOTHING on Earth or Mars - that comes in later books. And yes, I'm hooked.  Going to have to get the others in the series, but will have to wait until they go on sale.  $13 for an ebook just ain't in my budget!

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review 2016-05-28 20:23
Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey

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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text 2016-05-26 04:06
Reading progress update: I've read 376 out of 561 pages.
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey
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text 2016-05-22 00:36
Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 561 pages.
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey

Juuuuuuuuust about at the point where the first season ended. 

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