My Review of Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You may have seen a TV series called The Expanse. Well, this is the book that started it. Kind of. I have been to a few panels with the author team at SF cons (it is two gentlemen using the James S.A. Corey pseudonym), and I think this all started as a computer game, then they turned it into a book, and then someone really smart realized this could be an awesome TV series. Well, a series that awesome must have come from a pretty good book, and this is one I could not put down. It is great space opera in an area not being covered much these days. It is set in a world where the solar system is being settled, but no one has yet left the solar system. All of the settlements seemed to me to be very plausible. There is one invention you have to give them, the Epstein Drive. But even that is not some kind of hand-waving FTL, it is fully consistent with physics as we know it. Journeys within the solar system take weeks instead of years, but everything has the feeling of reality.

The book starts with mysteries. A ship is destroyed, but why? A girl is missing, but how does that tie in? And gradually the threads come together. There are plot twists a plenty, and an ending that caught me completely by surprise. I have to get started on the second book of the series now.

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