TITLE: Leviathan Wakes(Expanse Series #1)
AUTHOR: James S. A. Corey
GENRE: Science Fiction
PRICE: $16.99 Paperback & $9.99 E-book
Total disclosure time, this is the third time I tried to read this book. For the first two times, I just could not get into it. Well, you know what they say about the third time? How it is the “charm”. Well, I can most honestly say it is!
War is brewing between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. All it will take is a pin prick to pop the balloon, and that comes in the form of a broadcast. The Canterbury, a water hauling ship, responds to a distress call put out by the Scopuli. A band of five members take a shuttle to the derelict ship to investigate just what went on. As they come out of the Scopuli, they witness the destruction of their own mother ship. They send a broadcast out claiming Mars is behind the destruction of both ships. On Ceres station, tensions come to a head, a detective loses his job because he got too close to the truth. His quest for the truth has him join forces with the survivors of The Canterbury, and what they discover has to possibility to pop the balloon and bring war to the universe.
Yes, this is oversimplified. There is no way I can do a proper synopsis without A) destroying the overall story, and B) going on and on for pages galore. This book is deep. This book is, pardon the pun, expansive. This book reminded me of why I got into science fiction in the first place. The action, the politics and overall discovery blend together and flows evenly throughout the whole book. There is no lag in this book, but it is descriptive (sometimes overly so) but necessary. There are no wasted words, and by that I mean nothing put in there to up the word count.
I give this on 5 enthusiastic bookmarks out of 5!