Hey y’all! It’s time for another “Will I Continue?” post, where I give a review of the first book in a series and I determine whether this is a series that I will continue or not. Today we are talking about the epic space opera, The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. I attempted to watch the tv adaptation, however, since I had no idea what the story was, I thought maybe it would be a good idea for me to read the book first, 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. (Goodreads synopsis)
This is definitely a hard sci-fi. This book has been on my radar for so long so I added to my January TBR. We follow Holden who is the 1st commander on a ice hauling ship. Holden is an character who is charming, sarcastic, honest person who wants to help people. When the ice hauler he is on gets a distress signal from another ship he wants to help. He and a portion of the crew go out to visit this ship, but upon entering the ship the see that something just isn’t right. Then they see their ship get blown up for no reason they can decipher and the story moves from there. The plot is epic, the crew members are lovable.
There is also a second character that we follow named Miller. He is a police detective with skeleton’s in his closet. When he is assigned to find the missing daughter of a wealthy family, he essentially spirals out of control. Even though Miller is not the most likable character, he is still someone who I was invested in.
The plot of the story, never feels like it is meandering, although there are a lot of descriptions of them traveling. There is so much to read and a lot going on in this book. I appreciated that I was totally invested in the story and what was going on. I was intrigued about the mysteries and the questions I had throughout the story. I wanted to know who started the war, why they started the war, where was the missing girl, what was she involved in.
So, Will I Continue? Absolutely! I have already checked out the novellas/short stories that happened before the events of this book and my library has the second book that I will be picking up soon. I also plan on starting the tv show because the first season covers the first half of this book. I am thrilled that I finally picked up this book because I always enjoy sci-fi when I read it and I should definitely pick it up more often.
Have you started this series? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments.
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