Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) (Paperback)

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On one hand a grand space opera about the colonizing of the solar system that is rooted in and influenced by the style of hard-scifi found in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, but on the other it is the swashbuckling adventures of a small crew of misfit ruanaways and criminals, a la Firefly. Corey is actually a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Franck is actually the reason I tried these out, knowing that he is a longtime protégé of George RR Martin and, I suspect, possible inheritor of finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series. So I wasn’t surprised to find The Expanse novels to be tightly constructed, imaginative, and riveting genre fiction with sophisticated politics and characters rich in pathos reminiscent of Iain Banks’s Culture series. Martin has obviously passed on his years of experience writing for TV to ’Corey’, as each chapter is shrewdly structured to end with subtle cliffhangers that beg for a ‘cut to commercial’.  As such, it’s no surprise that it actually has been turned into an impressive TV show on the Syfy network; probably the best thing of its kind since Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica. TV aside, I adore this series and find each of these novels to be constructed with much more care than one would usually find in something so invested in the tropes of pulp fiction, each one subtly engaging in real world issues that are still completely believable and relevant even in a 23rd century setting.


— From Charles


From a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author comes a modern masterwork of science fiction, introducing a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series. 

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.

"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." —George R. R. Martin

The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
​Leviathan Falls

Memory's Legion

The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station

Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
The Sins of Our Fathers

About the Author

James S. A. Corey is the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. In addition to writing the novels and short stories of The Expanse, they wrote and produced the television series of the same name. Daniel lives with his family in the American southwest. Ty will tell you where he lives when and if he wants you to come over.

Praise For…

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." --- George R.R. Martin
"This is the future the way it was supposed to be." --- The Wall Street Journal
"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." --- io9.com
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton." --- Charlie Stross
"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one." --- Jo Walton, author of Farthing

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316129084
ISBN-10: 0316129089
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: June 15th, 2011
Pages: 592
Language: English
Series: The Expanse