Leviathan wakes (review)

Title: Leviathan wakes.

Author: James SA Corey.

Format: E-book.

Publisher: Orbit.

Page count: 549.

Release day: June 2nd 2011.

Genre: Adult, science-fiction

Rating: 3 stars.

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

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.

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My thoughts:

This was a typical case of me hyping a book up and then being quite disappointed by it.. I also hate myself for not making notes on this one.. So we will see how this review will work out.

I have heard so many amazing things about this book, and based on some reviews I expected myself to love it. I bought the e-book, and didn’t read it until a year later #typical haha. But I finally did. At first I really liked the book, meeting the crew and the world and how this planet system works.

I love that the crew feels quite ‘real’, they have realistic emotions, most of the time. And I just loved their conversations with each other! Then you also have detective Miller, who I didn’t really like in the beginning. But throughout the book he started to grow on me. He was kinda going crazy near the end of the book, and his thoughts and actions were just really interesting to me!

At first I thought the world and the planets were really cool. But at some point it went over my head.. inner planets and out planets? I still don’t understand. Like of course I recognized our ‘own’ planets, but there were quite some other planets or stations, that I just had a hard time to place.

They main story part is around this crew that finds a ruined ship, after investigating they find out some huge secret, that they don’t want anyone to have. I really liked this investigating part and fighting of people who were after them part of the story. But then also came the war between Earth and Mars, and also the OPA (again outer planet something?), I just didn’t really get what their problem was I guess. I can understand that no one wants the other party to have this secret/ weapon, and that is that part I enjoyed. I just didn’t get who was with who, and who likes who and that stuff.

So overall I enjoyed the story, but I was just a bit disappointed in my understanding in the overall story. But I’m hoping that I will understand it better if I continue the series! (Just bought book 2, so let’s hope I don’t wait another year haha)

Did you read this? What did you think?

2 Replies to “Leviathan wakes (review)”

  1. I’ve read books 1 – 3 in the series and ended up loving them, but as I recall, book #1 can definitely be confusing! There’s a lot to take in about the world and the plot is really complicated, but if you stick with it, it’s really worth it! Maybe check out the TV series? This is a case where it helps a lot with sorting out the world and the political elements, even though the events in the series happen not quite in line with the book events.

    1. I’m definitely planning on continuing! Ooh the TV series! That’s a good idea! Do you know if it’s only based on book one? (Don’t want to spoil myself haha)

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