Goody’s Publication Audit: A review of Leviathan Wakes!

Goody’s Publication Audit: A review of Leviathan Wakes!

  For those of you who have been watching the series on the SyFy channel called The Expanse, this is the first book in that series, written by S.A. Corey, they are using to base the television series off of. For those of you who are not watching the series, you’re a loser, just joking folks no need for hate mail. This series caught my eye with it’s elaborate advertising commercials and after viewing the first episode, I was sucked in. It’s truly been a long time since I’ve read a science fiction book that was this realistic in terms of believably. And by saying believably, i’m referring to to how space travel and life is described within the book. We’re not dealing with “warp drives” or “Hyper drives”.

A quick background on the current events of the solar system within the stories timeline.

  Mars has been colonized, has become it’s own independent colony, most of life on Mars lives within large bio-domes, they have a mighty space fleet, oh ya and they hate Earthers! Which is kinda funny, because they all came from Earth at some point.
  Earth is less populated since people left to colonize other areas, they’re still the main supplier of food, well good food that is, within the solar system, and most of the outer planets resent or dislike Earth even more since they still have to be dependent upon them. They too have a space fleet but it’s not as tough as the Mars made space ships.
  And finally, there are several colonies or throughout the galaxy, the prominent one being the “Belt”. The Belt is the asteroid belt located between Earth and Mars, and was colonized roughly 150 years prior to the books story line. Those who are born on the belt call themselves Belters.
  That’s the quick and dirty background, saying more would ruin some of the cool idea’s the author came up with.

The Awesome Genre that this fits into!

 Now, within the science fiction realm of books, this one fits into the awesome category of “space opera”. Some of you might be asking just what a space opera is, allow me to explain. By definition a space opera is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing powerful (and sometimes quite fanciful) technologies and abilities.

This happens to be my favorite science fiction genre. Some of the better known space opera’s include, DUNE, Starship Troopers, and of course STAR WARS! Hopefully those examples help clarify the subgenre.

  For those of you who don’t recognize the author, there might be a significant reason for that. S.A. Corey is the pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Franck was the personal assistant to Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin for many years. Both gentlemen worked with Martin on a video game concept that ultimately failed and was later adapted and used in The Expanse series.

My Quick Synopsis!

We have two main characters who escort us through this epic story with their very different views of how things are done in life and how they think things should be done. Both are a bit explosive on their own within their environments and they are cleverly kept apart through most of the plot, but when they do finally meet, it’s so awesome. Their meeting and dealings with each other are explosive and emotional on so many levels.

We follow two main story lines throughout the book. The first is of a space freighter crew who come across a distress beacon of a mysterious ship out in space. The second is of a cop who gets an assignment he doesn’t want, but has to follow through, and eventually gets fixated with this assignment that it takes him down a perplexing dark path.

Both plot lines are entrenched with mysterious plot lines within other mystical plot lines. Just when you think you’re getting somewhere and close to an explanation your mind gets a quick shock with ice water.

Yep, that’s about as much as you’re going to get outta the story from me. You all should know better by now.


Goody’s Audit!

This book fits perfectly into the space opera genre! The authors have written such a masterful piece of art. Their level of detail to everything is great! Everyone and everything has a place within the story. There are no “cons” that I can really come up.

The space battles are epic, this is the strongest part of the book. They get it all right. They take zero-g into account and how it all comes together is nothing short of brilliance!

The characters all have their own different levels of depth and complexity. Some come across as generic at first, but that’s just another cunning tactic that grabs you and brings you even closer and deeper into the story line.

This novel gets the highest marks available from me. I’ve already ordered the rest of the series and can’t wait util the dang UPS driver brings them to the door. What can “Brown” do for me? How about drive my books here faster suckah!! Please give this one your attention, you’re going to like it!

As always, please feel free to comment below. If you’ve read it, let’s compare notes. Cheers and many blessings to you all!


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