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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey – A Review

I received this book as an Advance Readers Copy from NetGalley with no requirement that I read or review it.

I’d never read a “space opera.” Never read much science fiction or fantasy. My comfortable areas are generally found in the romance arena with all it’s sub-genres. However, I kept hearing about “space operas” and wondering what that meant. I saw a pre-release ad for Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey which included the words “space opera” so I thought…why not? I received a digital Advance Readers Copy through NetGalley and got to work reading. It was only after I’d read the book that I discovered that James S.A. Covey is the pen name for fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, George R.R. Martin’s assistant.

How do I describe this book? Part detective story, futuristic, star-trek, suspense, intergalactic war and mystery all rolled into one. In other words, a very complex, detailed, and quite fascinating read…even for this dedicated romance reader. The world building is extreme to the max. Unlike anything I’ve ever read.

The structure of the book was also unique from any I read. Leviathan Wakes has a large cast of characters but the two main characters are Holden and Miller. Each chapter alternates the Point of View between these two main characters and I confess it took a while for me to get into the POV changes every chapter.

The time frame for Leviathan Wakes is the near future where humans have populated the solar system, building colonies on Earth’s moon, Mars, the asteroid belt (IMHO, the “Belters” have one of the most interesting living environment) and some other moons within the system. There is a relative peace among the various planets and colonies, but it’s tenuous at best…and someone is rocking the boat.

From Publishers Weekly: Corey (the shared pseudonym of Ty Franck and Hugo-nominated fantasist Daniel Abraham) kicks off a sprawling space opera series with this riveting interplanetary thriller. Relations among Earth, Mars, and the unincorporated “Belter” settlements of the asteroid belt and outer planets are rarely more than cordial. When ice hauler Jim Holden investigates an emergency beacon on a derelict Belter ship, he finds—and broadcasts—evidence that it was attacked by Mars forces. Burnt-out Ceres Station detective Joe Miller is puzzled by a drop in organized crime violence and an oddly compelling case involving a missing Earth heiress and a cutting-edge biochemistry company, Protogen. As interplanetary civil war heats up, egged on by the aggressive IRA-like Outer Planets Alliance, Holden and Miller fight and think their way through a sticky web of politics, corporate secrets, and a possible alien invasion. The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels.

For the die-hard Sci-Fi, this is the MUST HAVE book for 2011.

I look forward to buying the book for my husband, a sci-fi fantasy fan. He will be in heaven!

For me, the die-hard romantic, my curiosity has been satisfied.

Leviathan Wakes releases June 25, 2011

To buy Leviathan Wakes for the Sci-Fi Fan in your life…

B & N | Indiebound | Powell’s | Borders | Amazon

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