Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in author James A. Corey’s The Expanse Series. This futuristic setting shows the future of humanity once space is colonized. The fragile peace between the Earth, Mars, and people who have grown up on asteroids (called Belters) is threatened when ships start being destroyed and a strange organism enters the universe. The story is told through the eyes of a detective from the Earth (Miller) and a ship chief officer Belter (Holden). Miller is a more realist and can feel comfortable stretching the rules while Holden seems above the frays and his willingness to share his truth no matter the consequences has the two at odds as the work together to solve the mystery of a missing girl and the strange goings-on in the universe.
“Ceres, the port city of the Belt and the outer planets, boasted two hundred fifty kilometers is diameter, tens of thousands of kilometers of tunnels in layer on layer…more than six million permanent residents, and as many as a thousand ships docking in any given day meant upping the population to as high as seven million…a river of wealth and power unrivaled in human history came through Ceres.”
I was fortunate to find the second through the fourth of this series at a book sales event for a charity. I got them for a very cheap price. I had to purchase the first from Amazon (thank you used book dealer). I was not disappointed in my expenditure and thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I look forward to the next book.