Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think this book has to rate as one of the best space opera books that I've read to date. Before I started it I knew it was a highly rated book but I have to admit I was a little surprised with just how good. I won't bore you with yet another summary, but rather tell what it felt like to read.
This author (or pair of authors) got the writing style just about perfect for this type of story and I got totally hooked into it. We've got excellent descriptions, action and character dialogue. The opening lines of some of the chapters are pure gold and just one of the facets that made me really happy that I was reading the story, eg. "Miller looked at the dead man — the man he’d just killed — and tried to feel something. There was the trailing adrenaline rush still ramping up his heartbeat." I even didn't mind the fact that there was some sort of horror/zombie aspects as they fitted with the story as a whole very well.
I thought the characters are fantastic (even if one was a tad crazy) as is the supporting cast. I found that it was a book that was a little difficult to read in small amounts, it really demanded that I enjoy a decent session and allow myself to get into the story. This, of course, was easy to do if given enough time.
Overall, a brilliant beginning to what sounds like is an awesome series. Read it, this is really, really good science fiction.
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