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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads:  Welcome to the future. 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

This was a very fun and interesting book to read as a classic space opera set around Mars and Saturn. We have friction between Earthers (those who grew up in a gravity well), Belters (those who grew up on some kind of space station) and Martians (those who grew up on Mars. The book tips its hat to the detective noir with a mystery plot. The book adds some elements of the unknown with alien zombie goo, a proto-life form that mutates a human 'host' that the evil scientists have gotten their hands on. And the book addresses morality of life from two different view points - and both are right.

An absolutely fascinating read. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up on the Hugo Nomination List. I will be disappointed if it doesn't. Either way, I'm looking forward to the authors next book in this universe.

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