James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
Listened to the whole thing at 1.25 speed.
I didn't even notice that it was any different after awhile.
No, this book, I thought it would get better as I got into the story. It didn't.
Pretty long story, with a lot of interesting turns. Reader has fun with supporting character voices, but protagonist voices are a little samey.
A solar system already on the brink of war is pushed over the edge when a Belter ship is lured into a trap and destroyed. The survivors tell the universe, without knowing all the facts, then run. Meanwhile a cop on Ceres searches for a rebel rich girl, who left her posh life for one with meaning, but may have found something that could destroy humanity. While the image of the future is bleak, it is filled with characters who could be heroes, even if that wasn't their intention. Holden is idealistic, and often naive, but he has his crew and Miller to show him the darker corners he wants to believe aren't there. Love Amos and his potty mouth. Narrator did a fantastic job of capturing their voices. Can't wait to listen to the next one.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
I'm a sucker for a movie or television series based on a good book. But I always prefer to have read the book first. When SyFy announced that they were developing this into a series, I remembered these books from a "Best Science Fiction novels" list.
After reading this twice, and watching the show, I have to admit that the development of these characters and the plot works better on screen. And I don't say that very often. Primarily, the ideas behind the novel are extremely intriguing for those of us who enjoy a good space opera. But the style and characterization are little better than a college writing class. It's fine, really, but it could be better.
Jefferson Mays struck me as an ok narrator. Nothing really bothered me about his delivery, but nothing really remarkable.
I'm looking forward to trying the other novels in the series as well as the series which picks back up in 2017.
I'm usually a NF or fantasy person, so this
was already out of the taste range. There were some big jumps of improbability that reduced my like for some characters. Actually the characters all seemed really omnidirectional and the plot ends up being just being a detail of how unchanging characters in perform their role. No depth, but nice premise.
This goes from drama, to thriller, to horror story all with perfect transitions. It's slightly confusing at first, but once things get rolling, it keeps you hooked. The characters are unique and interesting, the plot branches out into a vast complexity, and there are only a few points where I was going, "Okay, get to the point." Overall, it was great, and I cannot wait to read the next one.
Modern SCI-FI at its finest.
The writer's witty approach to each chapter, followed by characters you really felt connected with. I'd put this up there with Lord of the Rings in terms of crafting a multi-headed story, and characters who you feel like you're along for the ride with.
I was really moved when I was two chapters in, and realized that this wasn't even close to young-adult-novel-marketed-as-adult-SCIFI book The Second Ship.
In the back of my mind, I was saying to author "Thank you". This is a true classic.
This is one of those rare classic books that once you finish, you have to change genres for your next book, knowing it won't compare to what you just read.
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