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This review is from: Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) (Paperback)I am surprised at the 4-star reviews - this is a 5-star if there ever was any...
Sci-fi writing tends to have three weaknesses: a) too much technical detail &/or endless descriptions; b) weak/implausible characters &/or character interaction/dialogue; c) overly complicated plot, with a million sub-plots interrupting each other and the reader's immersion in the narrative. Even the best (Banks, Hamilton, Asher) frequently suffer from it.
The extraordinary achievement of Leviathan Wakes is that it manages to avoid all three of these, while ticking all the boxes of excellent sci-fi. Here is amazing imagery, great machinery, vast space, major philosophical themes, tremendous plot, entirely realistic, properly developed and captivating protagonists (none of them a 'hero'), in excellent, measured and to the point writing. In short, a book you absolutely cannot put down (usual in good sci-fi) but without ever getting that sickly feeling of too much geeky stuff/rubbish dialogue/random diversions (very rare indeed). Highest recommendation in a very long time.