Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Joe Miller is a tired detective who lives in the Belt.  He's assigned to find a missing girl with very powerful parents.  When the trail leads to the vessel Scopuli and the rebel freedom fighters known as the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), Miller realizes that the stakes are much higher than they originally seemed.

Jim Holden works on an ice mining ship, running the precious resource from the rings of Saturn to the colonies in the Belt.  It's a pretty routine job, until he discovers an abandoned vessel called The Scopuli.  What starts as a rescue mission turns deadly when he discovers a terrible secret, a secret that will spark a war unless he can discover the truth.

Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey, is an exhilarating space opera that immediately grabs the reader and doesn't let go.  One part noir detective and one part space cowboy with a splash of horror, this book is a case study in how science fiction should be written.  The story is engaging and fast-paced without sacrificing any of the speculative thinking and boundary-pushing ideas that any solid science fiction should have.  The characters develop perfectly as they continually examine their own motivations and grapple with the situations they face.  If you want to read provocative science fiction on a grand scale, look no further.  Leviathan Wakes is one of the best.

If you like this book (which of course you will) be sure to check out the newly released sequel, Caliban's War.  For more epic space operas, Peter F. Hamilton's Void series is an excellent read.  Also, if you'd like to try some fantasy written by the same author, try out Daniel Abraham's The Long Price quartet, written under the author's real name.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Sounds like Kristine Kathryn Rusch would be another similar author.