LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S. A. Corey

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary:

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.

My rating: 8/5 stars

I picked this book up because I watched season 1 of The Expanse (a show on SyFy) and I had a desperate need to know what was going to happen. I’ve been disappointed by the source books before (looking at you, THE 100), but oh my god am I glad I took a chance on this one!

This has nearly everything I love–space, a crew that becomes a family, self-destructing characters, a diverse cast, SPACE, surprising moments of emotion, and really immersive world-building. If it had even one LGBT+ character in it, I’d probably start going door to door spreading the good news. (Though technically, no one is explicitly state to be straight, so I’m gonna go ahead and assume no one is.)

If you’re looking for a nice big sci-fi book to escape into, check this one out!


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