Leviathan Wakes Book Reviews

James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey Book Summary

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. Now a Prime Original 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.

"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

Memory's Legion

The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
The Sins of Our Fathers

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Book Name Leviathan Wakes
Genre Science Fiction
Language English
E-Book Size 3.48 MB

Leviathan Wakes (James S. A. Corey) Book Reviews 2023

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New bench mark!. I was speechless after the first chapter of the first book in this series. I’ve been reading since I was in the forth grade and even recently started writing a book. The Expanse series sets a new bar - best most well written book I have read in years if not ever. I hope the upcoming TV series can rise to the standard of the page.

Not a quick read. I can usually finish off a sci fi book in a few days, but this one made me work a little harder for it. The author does a very convincing job of developing the "Belter" characters, who have a pidgin-type dialect that makes the dialogue somewhat thick at times. Overall, it's a good read, and bridges the gap between near and distant future, which is isn't common in sci fi. In terms of morality/ religion, it's neutral without ignoring the subject entirely.

If you love sci-fi. Read this awesome book

Great stuff. Wonderful story, great writing. The second one, Calibans war is fantastic too.

Page-Turning Space Opera/Detective Story!. A page-turning rollicking space opera set entirely with the solar system! The story is told from two character's points of view: Miller, a hard-boiled detective from Ceres (a colonized dwarf plant in the asteroid belt); and Holden, a ship's Executive Officer/Captain originally from Earth. Both become involved in the story of Judy Mao, who is a renegade daughter of a very wealthy family. The story has elements of a detective novel, military science fiction, and of course a space opera. This is the first book in the "Expanse" Series, which will soon be adapted for television by SyFy. I wanted to read it before this occurs, so I can compare the two, and have a good background in the source material. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. The setting of the book is unusual in that the solar system has been colonized and developed, but human interstellar travel hasn't yet become a reality. There are essentially three powers in the solar system: Earth, Mars (which has been colonized and is being terraformed); and the Belt and outer planets. These three are in uneasy opposition, until the events in the novel bring them into conflict. As war is about to break out and threaten human existence, an even greater potential threat arises from Saturn's Moon Phoebe. Julie Mao becomes the thread that connects the characters and events and brings them together to a stunning conclusion.

Excellent space opera. We tend to take the vastness of space for granted when reading sci-fi that takes place across an entire galaxy. This book brings it right into humanity's back yard and presents that same vast scope. Combines an element of sci-fi thriller/horror with epic scope and great character development. Excellent read.

100 Words or Less. Hmmmm. Can you penalize a sci-fi novel for being too easy? This novel is enjoyable, but in the end there lacks any real challenge. The pacing, plot, characters, mysteries, etc are well done. Even expertly crafted at times. But nothing about this story seems to really stretch beyond sci-fi archives. Nothing jumps out as unique. So, while it’s a good book, and well written, I think it fails to shake things up enough. It leaves you with a “been there, read that” feeling.

Definitely a great read while waiting for season 5. Still reading this great novel. Great pacing. Great storytelling. I love picturing the actors from the show in this book. Proves that the show does a great job in capturing the essence of this novel.

Fantastic book!. Great TV series and a great book. If you like science fiction, you can’t miss this. If you don’t like science fiction, you should still read this. Hard sci fi, it isn’t, but it is just brilliant.

Enjoyable. Good book. Liked the characters, enjoyed the plot. My only gripe has more to do with the book publishers. Why is there a couple of hundred pages on other crap appended to the book? I was reading the final pages of the book thinking there was much more story... And poof it was over and just stuff I did not want or choose to read tacked on....

Awesome. This book is sure to win many awards. The fast paced plot and exciting characters are sure to captivate you. Do not miss this book.

Fantastic!!. This is a terrific sci fi series that keeps you glued in. I read the book after watching the first season of The Expanse. They match up well and are highly recommended. Keep up the good work.

A fantastic space-opera. James Corey did an excellent job writing Leviathan Wakes. James seamlessly weaves writing in the style of traditional science fiction with grungy noir and elements of horror. This book features a rich world with interesting characters wrapped up in galaxy-wide problems. Highly recommended.

Solid read. A good solid story. Nothing that takes it to a 5 star but enough to keep reading the series and miss the characters.

Refreshing SyFi for me!. The TV Mini Series is now running and it’s struggling for an audience. It’s an example of telling 2 stories at the same time. Reminds me of Froto & The Rings vs the 3 cavalier friends trying to stay alive until the ring is destroyed! I loved one and hated the other, but somehow it worked. Anyway that’s my take in The Expanse, somehow that was more successful in the book. A bigger budget would have helped! Thanks for listening.

Great for all sci-fi lovers. Overall a great book. On par with other books in sci-fi like Dune and Red Rising. Had a problem getting into it in the beginning but continued reading and loved the character and story development. Can’t wait to continue reading into the rest of the expanse universe.

Leviathan Awakes. I like detective novels and science fiction and this novel has both. The period of time is when humans have thoroughly settled the solar system but have not moved on to other star systems. There is political rivalry among Earth, Mars and the Kaiper Belt and the rivalry is also reflected in the characters. The characters figure out how to work together in the end.

Space opera in the Solar System!. I really enjoyed this book. I was a little dubious about the idea of big space opera that takes place only within our solar system, but I was won over pretty quickly. There's action and Big Ideas and suspense -- all the good stuff! I can't wait for the sequels! I hope they're as good as this one!

Read it fast, then disregard most of it. I liked the vision and scope of it. I liked the surreal alien nonsense. I did not care for the characters or dialogue. It’s better if you skim past all that and just enjoy the vivid future that the book conjures. Whatever else happens in the next few hundred years, I’m sure people won’t become so boring.

Great. Loved it! Real characters facing real problems. And zombies!!

Wow I loved this. I could not put it down. This is the best sci fi I have read in a long time. I cannot wait to read the next one.

One of the greats. An amazing book that fleshes out two differing views on humanity along with all the actions, mystery, and horror one could ask for. A Sci-fi that is definitely up there with Dune and the Foundation.

Awesome. This book had me captivated the whole time.

Wonderful. A great book that stands the test of time and will captivate you from beginning to end.

5 stars. Started slow, got fast quick. Stayed fast until the end….immediate purchase of next novel. Great book.

Space Opera at its Best. Honestly some of the best world building I’ve ever read since the Foundation and Robot Series. The level with which this book also grounds itself in a plausible reality with regards to space travel and colonization makes it that much engrossing.

Great book. Watched the series first and am able to out faces to the characters. I loved every second of reading this.

Slow start, strong finish!. Started off slowly with confusing timelines and what I first thought were uninteresting characters. But the story really took off once the main characters were united and I found it difficult to put the book down. It turned into a four hour reading marathon to the finish. Great job! '-D

Awesome read, hard sci-fi at its best. Couldn’t put it down. Currently cruising through the sequels. I love hard science fiction, my favorite novel ever is Ender’s Game and in my opinion the expanse is on par with that. My only complaint is it legitimately makes it hard to go back and enjoy softer science fiction that doesn’t feel nearly as real

Intriguing. Enjoyed the scientific and political struggles of solar system colonization. Loved each character’s development, and the short lived bromance between Miller and Holden. Liked the split storytelling.

Unbelievable!. So so so fantastic!

Epic Space Adventure. I started out watching the show on the SyFy channel and really liked it. Then I started reading the first book in the series, and I don't know if I'm gonna go back. The best description I've seen has compared The Expanse to both Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica. I can't do any better than that.

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I’ve seen the series and I still liked the book. I’m caught up with The Expanse series and I still found this an enjoyable book. I knew what was going to happen but I still enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to the next ones!

Finally, great sci-fi!. I've been on the lookout for epic space sci-fi series of Arthur C Clarke caliber and this certainly fills that need! An excellent book and I look forward to the tv series. When I first started reading it I thought 'this should be made into a movie'. I kept reading. Then I thought 'no, this needs more, it needs to be a show!' And sure enough it seems it will be, and the books series is still growing! Very excited!!! Space sci-fi done right!

Amazing book. I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it ...just when you think it's slowing down , they hit you with a body shot ! Amazingly detailed world that comes across as very realistic ...I only bought the book because my favourite author George RR Martin recommended it on his blog and for 2.99$ this was a steal !!!! thankyou Mr.Martin for bringing this book to my attention and thankyou to the authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck for creating a masterpiece ...I will be reading the sequels for sure and I loved it so much I'll even by the hardcovers lol ...

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The Leviathan Wakes book written by James S. A. Corey was published on 15 June 2011, Wednesday in the Science Fiction category. A total of 2,538 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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