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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499895
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
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It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro (George R. R. Martin)

A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series (THE TELEGRAPH)

Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

LEVIATHAN WAKES is an amazing book. In fact, there is not a single negative thing I can say about the novel, which delivers in all phases including setting, characterization, story, pacing, prose, and from a purely entertainment standpoint. Simply put, LEVIATHAN WAKES is the best novel I've read in 2011 so far (FANTASY BOOK CRITIC)

The world building, hands down, is some of the best that I've seen for a space opera novel, with a good cast of characters and story that go along with it . . . This novel feels like a breath of fresh air, trading in the galaxy for our solar system, but retaining an sense of the epic (SF SIGNAL)

If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces (io9)

LEVIATHAN WAKES is space opera for the masses-it asks for little from its readers other than that they show up and enjoy the ride, no doctorate in quantum mechanics necessary. The classic juxtaposition of Miller's hard-edged noir narrative and Holden's idealistic adventure are perfectly suited for one another and together they form the most enjoyable novel I've read so far in 2011. It's fast, it's fun and it's escapist science fiction in the purest sense of the term. One can only hope that The Expanse is expansive, indeed (A DRIBBLE OF INK)

One of the best opening volumes to an SF series in recent memory, one of the most entertaining novels I've read in 2011 and a novel that only has me hungry for more in the series. This is a Space Opera I want to see more of on the shelves (SFF WORLD)

A ridiculously entertaining space opera . . . A relentless, page-turning novel with some great character-building (WERTZONE)

So far as cinematic sci-fi goes, LEVIATHAN WAKES is as entertaining and summer-blockbuster as you can get with a 600 page book (BOOK SMUGGLERS)

LEVIATHAN WAKES has it all and I defy you to come away from this book empty handed when I'm talking about things like the death of a battle cruiser, alien infestations on a space station and gunfights in seedy space port hotels . . . If you read one science fiction novel this year I'd seriously consider making it this one. Essential space opera reading that bodes very well for future books in the series (GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)

This new science fiction series begins with an incredible story, complex and well-executed. With an intriguing storyline, vivid characters, and even vomiting zombies, this was highly enjoyable from start to finish. Blending suspense, horror, space opera, and mystery - this first installment is one no science fiction fan will want to miss (SCIFI CHICK)

If you're looking for some Space Opera Noir SF goodness, then read this one, people. It's sure to please. It certainly did good things for me (ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS)

LEVIATHAN WAKES is a big novel full of movie worthy space battles, hand-to-hand combat, near death experiences, a couple of love stories, and a big bad evil to be fought and conquered . . . Approachable, easy-to-read, and entertaining (GRASPING FOR THE WIND)

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The start of the Expanse series - a fast-paced and thoroughly gripping new space adventure

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It sounds awful to say, but…Leviathan Wakes was better than I thought it was going to be! To be fair, that is because I a) don’t really do sci-fi, and b) had been warned that it wasn’t very character-centric, which is a major problem for me. But it’s actually quite readable.

It is, however, politics-heavy. Not an issue if you like that kind of thing, but it’s not entirely my bag. It was saved by the politics being interesting, complex and unsettling, and the scope wasn’t too wide – it follows the characters, which is a nice way to tell the story.

The characters themselves were good. While they didn’t particularly evolve (apart from Miller, who treads his own weird path), I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing – the plot was complex enough! They are all different, and in some ways are stereotypes that fit what’s needed. Again, not necessarily a problem…I hope that they do change or at least adapt to circumstances over the rest of the series, though, because otherwise it’ll get a bit dull.

I can definitely see why the series was chosen to be adapted into The Expanse, and I suspect the show is very good! (I’m not going to watch it, but my housemates have been, and rave about it). It’s a wonderful political canvas, and while the characters might not have everything I’d want in terms of development, there’s enough else going on that the books are interesting. Try the book if you’re into political sci-fi, and try the series if you like sci-fi in general. However, if – like me – you prefer a focus on characters, definitely go for A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. More character-filled, as wide-ranging politics, and overall an excellent book!
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I found this a very enjoyable bit of sci-fi indeed; it's "harder" and grittier than a lot of other titles I've read, and hearkens back to authors like Niven and Barnes - there are no warp drives or blasters in this, because it's rooted in a moderately realistic view of technology. I found it engrossing, and read through it in a few days; wonderfully, it's part of a longer series, *and*, is seeing a TV adaptation on the Syfy channel in the form of "The Expanse".
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I was attracted to this book because I was recommended the TV series Expanse which is based on it. The TV series was a big disappointment as I couldn't understand what anyone was saying and couldn't follow the plot, even though I was reading the book. The book on the other hand was gripping and the writing great. A real page-turner and some unexpected twists. Highly recommended, but don't watch the TV series.
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I was recommended this series by someone and I quite enjoyed this book and so kept reading the rest and I am really glad I did as the series gets better and better with subsequent books. So while this was not the best it is worth getting for the rest.
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I was drawn to this novel thanks to the stunning TV series. I really can't commend it highly enough.
I'll avoid explaining elements of the plot and simply say.
If you're looking for a book that gives you action, intrigue, politics and an engrossing adventure this will fit the bill.
On to book 2 I go!
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I'm no reviewer, and others have explained how good this book is far better than I'll be able to. Great story that hooked me in from the opening, it's been a while since any book has achieved that. Strong well developed characters and a plot and story that keeps dragging you along. Just buy it.
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A great space opera. Interesting characters and storyline, set in a believably grubby and crime-riddled future. Romps along at a terrific pace.
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Buy this book. And all the others. And the TV series.
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