Friday Firsts: Leviathan Wakes

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| Friday Firsts: July 31 |

Leviathan Wakes

Book One of The Expanse

by James S.A. Corey

Science Fiction | 561 Pages | Published by Orbit in 2011

| First Paragraphs |

The Scopuli had been taken eight days ago, and Julie Mao was finally ready to be shot.

It had taken all eight days trapped in a storage locker for her to get to that point. For the first two she’d remained motionless, sure that the armoured men who’d put her there had been serious. For the first hours, the ship she’d been taken aboard wasn’t under thrust, so she floated in the locker, using gentle touches to keep herself from bumping into the walls or the atmosphere suit she shared the space with. When the ship began to move, thrust giving her weight, she’d stood silently until her legs cramped, then sat down slowly into a fetal position. She’d peed in her jumpsuit, not caring about the warm itchy wetness, or the smell, worrying only that she might slip and fall in the wet spot it left on the floor. She couldn’t make noise. They’d shoot her.

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| First Impressions |

I have had Leviathan Wakes on my TBR for what seems like an awfully long time and, after watching The Expanse series on Amazon Prime, it became only too apparent that if a TV series is this good then the book really must be something else entirely. So, here I am, writing my Friday Firsts post and I’ve already made it through 25% of the book!

The opening paragraphs are full of tension and mystery – who has taken Julie Mao? Why has she been imprisoned in a storage locker? Where are her crew? – and this theme runs throughout the book as every subsequent chapter amplifies the anticipation, uncertainty and excitement.

Furthermore, as the story progresses the parallels between book and TV series become ever more apparent, highlighting just how good a job the production team did in realising at least the (first quarter of the) first book in the series. This gripping space opera really is no less wonderful for knowing what is coming.

What are you currently reading? What were your first impressions?

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15 thoughts on “Friday Firsts: Leviathan Wakes

  1. As a huge fan of the book series first and the tv series later on, I can only be very happy that you’re enjoying this novel!
    And yes, the tv series creators did a magnificent job in translating the books to the screen: moving forward you will find some differences, but nothing that can spoil your enjoyment of the story… 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Maddalena! 😀 I’m so glad to hear you have enjoyed them both. I’m so excited to be reading this… if a book can be devoured, then I’m devouring this one. I made to half way through in bed last night!

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  2. Yay for The Expanse! I love the TV series, and I love the books too! I’ve read 4 books so far, and need to get back into them and keep going. So glad you’re enjoying this!

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      1. The books are so big, so I find that I really have to talk myself into starting each one — but then I zip through them, so I’m always happy in the end. 🙂


  3. I listened to the whole series as audiobooks — I though the audios were well done! Som e of the short stories and novellas add good backstories to the novels, too. But take care to read them in the suggested reading order, so you won‘t spoil yourself…

    Have you seen all available TV seasons of it? The last one —> the book is so much better!!!

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    1. Oh, I am so glad to hear 😀 I can’t wait to read them all!

      Yes, I’ve seen all the available episodes so far and have loved all of them! I fully expect the books to me better though (despite the TV series being amazing!)

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