Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey was a good time.
Think Star Wars with just the Han Solo parts. None of that boring political shenanigans, just space ships and adventure. Cross that idea with a heavy dose of Bladerunner and you have Leviathan Wakes.
Leviathan Wakes is the basis for the SyFy channel’s series The Expanse which I’m also a fan of. The Expanse includes quite a bit of political shenanigans but not nearly as much as shows like Game of Thrones. The television series is based on the books, but there are enough differences to make each more than a re-read/re-watch of the other. The series has only covered the first half of the book so far, but they are different enough to make them each their own thing. If you liked one, you’ll probably like the other, too.
Leviathan Wakes has two alternating story lines, fewer than the series has. One features a young spaceship captian, a bit of a rogue, who finds himself leading a small, somewhat reluctant group, trying to survive after an unknown force destroys their home ship and most of its crew. The second plot features a washed up police detective searching for a missing rich girl. It’s Han Solo meets Rick Decker, like I said.
It was fun.
5 thoughts on “Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey”
I just started reading this one, after a friend recommended it as a good book with some action. I’m really curious about the unknown force that destroyed the ship.
That was one thing that kept me reading. I’m going to look for the next book in the series early next year.
I love the whole series (and have not seen the show yet, except for clips). One thing to be aware of is that this one has the crew plot and the hard-boiled detective plot? The others have a crew plot and another genre plot but it’s always a little different with different POV characters. That’s cool because it’s always changing up but if you don’t like that genre or POV character that book will be weaker than the rest. Overall, though, it’s good exciting stuff and until they slowed sown because of the show, they were coming out about every summer. Can’t wait for them to get back to it.
The show did about half of the book, plus several additional characters and plot lines that were all good. I’ll be reading more of the books, probably one every year or two. No need to rush things. 😉
I keep almost picking this up, but the “Star Wars with just the Han Solo parts” description may finally move it to the top of my to-read pile.
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