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Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes

Why you should read this book:

The colloquial name for Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey is space-opera. However, it would be wrong to categorize this novel as a simple space adventure. Readers are introduced to a fully realized world with complex politics and realistic science. The characters are fallible; there are no “perfect” heroes here. Instead, the characters act like you’d expect regular humans to act in the face of difficult ethical decisions, in life and death situations and in response to political pressure. You will become completely immersed in this world, so be wary if you’re riding the bus, there’s a high chance you could miss your stop.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You’ve seen the TV series, Expanse, and didn’t care for it.
  • You don’t like books about space.
  • Speculative politics bore you.
  • You don’t like books that use pidgin type English.
  • You don’t like having to consider ethical dilemmas.

What Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey is about:

The Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and beyond, have been colonized by humanity. Most of the solar system’s water comes from mining ice from asteroids. Jim Holden is the XO of the ice mining ship, Canterbury when the crew receives a distress call from a ship called the Scopuli. What they find there is a secret that will set the universe on its head. Holden and his crew become embroiled in a political firestorm that threatens to launch a war between Earth, the Outer Planet rebels and Mars, all the while secretive corporations are working with a substance that threatens the existence of their universe. 

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