A Review of Leviathan Wakes by James Corey

James Corey’s Leviathan Wakes is a must-read for any fans of complex SciFi-Fantasy stories. It is without question the best space opera I’ve ever read, and, as my edition brags, Game of Thrones author George R R Martin agrees. Leviathan Wakes takes place in a future version of our solar system. Humanity maintains a strong Earth population, has colonized Mars, and established a series of colonies in the asteroid belt, and all three groups stand starkly at odds with one another. Into this setting drops Captain James Holden, an ice hauler, and Steve Miller, a detective from the belt colonies. These two, along with Holden’s crew, must work to solve a conspiracy that threatens humanity as they know it.

Leviathan Wakes is rare in the caliber of its storytelling. While the book is wide-reaching in scope, hardly a single line of exposition is given in block form. Rather, the reader is spoon fed details about the world as the characters experience them, as it should be. Best of all, the astute reader can put the pieces together before the characters themselves assemble them, but not by much, and doing so just increases the reader’s involvement with the story.

Leviathan Wakes works flawlessly on so many levels, I cannot recommend it highly enough (so much so that I got extra copies to give as Christmas gifts)! It’s a good read at around 520 pages, but the chapters fly by pretty fast. I really enjoy it, and I know y’all will too.

Merry Christmas, and see y’all next time!

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