Book Review


Rating: 3 / 5

LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey Was January’s book for the Deep Dark Reads buddy read on Instagram. This book has been adapted for television as The Expanse and I had seen a few episodes of the show, but had not actually realized that it came from a book. I was therefore excited to give it a try, even if it is a rather chunky read!

In LEVIATHAN WAKES we are dealing with a futuristic world where people have colonized the solar system with people taking up residence on Mars and the Asteroid Belt. Water is a difficult commodity to come by and one of our POV characters Jim Holden is in charge of an ice miner which goes back and forth between the rings of Saturn to the Belt. He and his crew find themselves int he wrong place at the wrong time and uncover a dangerous secret conspiracy with the potential to ignite wars and kill off massive numbers of the human race. Our other POV character is Detective Miller, a policeman asked to find a missing girl. He gets deep inside her mindset and finds his way into the middle of the conspiracy uncovered by Holden.

I struggled a bit with connecting to this book and I’m not entirely why. I think some of it may be because I had seen the television adaptation a while back so some of the big moments came without the shock factor that I may have felt going into this one blind. There also is a lot of information thrown at the reader pretty quickly as this book opens without a lot of build up. Even having seen some of the show and having read the book, I couldn’t entirely explain how all of the political factions interact with each other. I think maybe if I give the show a rewatch it might help solidify some of this for me.

I did wind up enjoying this one as a fun read, but I am not feeling overly compelled to continue the series.

Reading Challenges:

#nerdreading2020 – two word title

5 thoughts on “LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey”

  1. I also started watching the TV adaptation before I knew it was based on the book series. I watched the first three seasons, then read the books, and I still loved the books. There is a bit that is different in the books. I’ve read as much of the series as is published right now and I haven’t been disappointed yet. The last book is supposed to come out some time this year, I think.

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  2. I haven’t seen The Expanse but I’ve heard of it, and wow I had no idea it was based on this book! It’s like finding out Blade Runner was based on Electric Sheep. Thanks for the review, it sounds like it has some shortcomings but I’ll add it to my TBR 🙂

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