Leviathan Wakes Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Leviathan Wakes is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
User reviews about the book
Slow start, strong finish!
By Christoph '-D
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!
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.
This book had me captivated the whole time.
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.
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.
New bench mark!
By T Sullivant
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.
By Spiffy T
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....
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.
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.
By Zee zombies
Wonderful story, great writing. The second one, Calibans war is fantastic too.