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Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes

By James S. A. Corey

  • Release Date: 2011-06-15
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 2,422 Ratings


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


  • One of the greats

    By th4th man
    An amazing book that fleshes out two differing views on humanity along with all the actions, mystery, and horror one could ask for. A Sci-fi that is definitely up there with Dune and the Foundation.
  • Intriguing

    By HoppyEverAfter
    Enjoyed the scientific and political struggles of solar system colonization. Loved each character’s development, and the short lived bromance between Miller and Holden. Liked the split storytelling.
  • Leviathan Awakes

    By Bianca Too
    I like detective novels and science fiction and this novel has both. The period of time is when humans have thoroughly settled the solar system but have not moved on to other star systems. There is political rivalry among Earth, Mars and the Kaiper Belt and the rivalry is also reflected in the characters. The characters figure out how to work together in the end.
  • A fantastic space-opera

    By loganO2112
    James Corey did an excellent job writing Leviathan Wakes. James seamlessly weaves writing in the style of traditional science fiction with grungy noir and elements of horror. This book features a rich world with interesting characters wrapped up in galaxy-wide problems. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful

    By Lamborghini fanatic
    A great book that stands the test of time and will captivate you from beginning to end.
  • 5 stars

    By anonwon
    Started slow, got fast quick. Stayed fast until the end….immediate purchase of next novel. Great book.
  • Solid read

    By Jp3sc00
    A good solid story. Nothing that takes it to a 5 star but enough to keep reading the series and miss the characters.
  • Read it fast, then disregard most of it

    By John5237
    I liked the vision and scope of it. I liked the surreal alien nonsense. I did not care for the characters or dialogue. It’s better if you skim past all that and just enjoy the vivid future that the book conjures. Whatever else happens in the next few hundred years, I’m sure people won’t become so boring.
  • Great book

    By mcbwaa
    Watched the series first and am able to out faces to the characters. I loved every second of reading this.
  • Definitely a great read while waiting for season 5

    By Malvicus
    Still reading this great novel. Great pacing. Great storytelling. I love picturing the actors from the show in this book. Proves that the show does a great job in capturing the essence of this novel.