Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – Book Review

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book begins as two related but separate stories. One is the tale of the survivors of a destroyed starship scrambling to figure out who attacked them. The other is the tale of a detective searching for a missing girl. These two stories converge at the midpoint.

The world in this book feels realistic. We see humanity spread out across the solar system, yet without the ability to travel amongst the stars.

There is plenty of conflict from within the human race, but as these characters begin to learn more about their situations they realise that they face a greater threat – one that came from beyond the solar system in prehistoric times.

I enjoyed the blend of space opera and noir-detective genres. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the great threat. We learn a lot about it, but there is still much we don’t know, which left me hungry at the end for the next book. I look forward to continuing this series.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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2 Responses to Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – Book Review

  1. E.J. DAgrosa says:

    I have been meaning to read this one for a while now. Also I heard somewhere that the author James S.A. Corey is actually a pseudonym for two different authors. I’m not sure about that though, so don’t quote me on that.

    • Yes you’re right. Two guys who decided to use a pseudonym for their space opera as they usually write in other genres. One of the guys is George R.R. Martin’s assistant apparently. It would sure be a different experience writing a novel with another person. I suspect it would actually be harder.

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