The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." - George R. R. Martin
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Once humans colonize the entire solar system, it becomes much easier to do terrible things (like develop biological agents of mass murder) in secret. It’s easier still when scientists have been genetically modified to lack empathy for their experimental subjects. James S.A. Corey, the alias of the writing duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, kicks off the Expanse series by flinging heroic ice miner James Holden and a cynical detective known only as Miller into a desperate quest to halt the impending disaster. Corey’s characters are developed brilliantly; they’re smart, compelling focal points within the enormous expanse of this science fiction thriller.
Corey (the shared pseudonym of Ty Franck and Hugo-nominated fantasist Daniel Abraham) kicks off a sprawling space opera series with this riveting interplanetary thriller. Relations among Earth, Mars, and the unincorporated "Belter" settlements of the asteroid belt and outer planets are rarely more than cordial. When ice hauler Jim Holden investigates an emergency beacon on a derelict Belter ship, he finds and broadcasts evidence that it was attacked by Mars forces. Burnt-out Ceres Station detective Joe Miller is puzzled by a drop in organized crime violence and an oddly compelling case involving a missing Earth heiress and a cutting-edge biochemistry company, Protogen. As interplanetary civil war heats up, egged on by the aggressive IRA-like Outer Planets Alliance, Holden and Miller fight and think their way through a sticky web of politics, corporate secrets, and a possible alien invasion. The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels.
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Wow I loved this
I could not put it down. This is the best sci fi I have read in a long time. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Awesome read, hard sci-fi at its best
Couldn’t put it down. Currently cruising through the sequels. I love hard science fiction, my favorite novel ever is Ender’s Game and in my opinion the expanse is on par with that. My only complaint is it legitimately makes it hard to go back and enjoy softer science fiction that doesn’t feel nearly as real
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Hmmmm. Can you penalize a sci-fi novel for being too easy?
This novel is enjoyable, but in the end there lacks any real challenge. The pacing, plot, characters, mysteries, etc are well done. Even expertly crafted at times. But nothing about this story seems to really stretch beyond sci-fi archives. Nothing jumps out as unique.
So, while it’s a good book, and well written, I think it fails to shake things up enough. It leaves you with a “been there, read that” feeling.