Leviathan Wakes

By James S. A. Corey,

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Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the…


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Usually I steer clear of stories that have multiple characters written with their own chapters randomly throughout a book. Most authors homogenize the character’s internal and external dialog, thus removing all intended diversity in character. The two authors living under the moniker of James S. A. Corey, however, are masters of this writing style. I’ve yet to come across any who are better. The Expanse series is a space opera with a multitude of large and small plots across different worlds and the space between. Yet you don’t feel overwhelmed because the characters are written so well. Similarly, you don’t…

Jim Holden, from Earth, touched my sense of morality. Detective Miller, from the Belt, touched my sense of courage. Naomi Nagata, from the Belt, touched my sense of love. Alex Kamal, from Mars, touched my sense of regret. Amos Burton, from the underworld of Earth, touched my sense of fear. Leviathan Wakes is nearly 600 pages long, and I was sad to see it end. But so happy that there were 8 more tomes in this sci-fi adventure series, each with new fascinating characters, taking me to the farthest reaches of the universe, and ever so poignantly teaching me that…

From Steven's list on sci-fi that generates emotion.

This one has it all. I was chewing my nails down to the quick over the fate of the characters. The worldbuilding is incomparably complex and detailed down to the language (though the books don't develop Belter to the same extent as the TV series), and the pace left me breathless, and forgetting work, dinner, and sleep.

James S.A. Corey's The Expanse series deals with big science-fictional ideas about humanity's place in the vast cosmos, but the story's beginning is rooted in the tropes of a more intimate genre: the noir mystery. In a future in which the Asteroid Belt has become humankind's gritty and neglected industrial district, a disillusioned detective is asked by his corporate bosses to find the rebellious daughter of a rich and powerful man. At the same time, a bunch of blue-collar workers on a transport ship find themselves in the middle of a horrific tragedy without knowing who to blame. The threads…

From Kali's list on mysteries set in space.

A space opera series that feels like it could happen, and is as good as space opera can get. If you’ve seen The Expanse show based on these novels, you really owe it to yourself to read the entire series. I love to ponder where history might take the human race over the coming centuries, and there’s nothing better in my opinion than a story that feels right on so many levels, as this one does.

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