Friday, June 17, 2011

Part Space Opera, Part Noir, Part Horror, and Lucas Loves It All

Leviathan Wakes
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Lucas says:
"Leviathan Wakes is part space opera, part noir, and part horror story. It is a great opening book for The Expanse trilogy- it's full of just the right amount of action and mystery to create a solid platform for the next two books. I really loved this book because unlike many books that explore the idea of humanity colonizing space, Leviathan Wakes paints a realistic picture of what our inevitable expansion will look like, taking into account the limitations of human technology and the human spirit.
Another reason why this is a really great book is because there are two wonderful and opposing main characters, one an idealist and one a cynic. This is a rather lengthy book  and it does take a while for your imagination to visualize some of the characters and places in the book, but once you get used to it 592 pages doesn't seem long enough! I am looking forward to the release of the next book."

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