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JUNE 2013 BOOK CLUB SELECTION: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes is a space opera novel set in a future where humans have colonized the solar system and are on the verge of launching their first generation ship. Some readers feel it’s a future that immediately feels authentic because of the numerous details and believable concepts—Belters with their altered physiques and different worldviews, Inner/Outer planet prejudice, the effects of gravity on spaceships and space stations at different g-force—used by the authors to flesh out the setting. At the same time enthusiastic readers have felt Daniel and Ty do an excellent job of making sure the reader isn’t overwhelmed with too much information. So not only is there a sense of realism with the book’s futuristic setting, but it’s also easy to grasp.

Leviathan Wakes follows the character of Jim Holden. 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. Soon, war is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Meanwhile, 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 Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must now 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...

Critical reception for Leviathan Wakes has been positive and it was nominated for a 2012 Hugo Award. The book's action sequences were highlighted by SF Signal. George R.R. Martin described Leviathan Wakes as a "kickass space opera" (comment printed on Caliban's War; apparently Ty Franck works as his assistant), with Locus Online also praising the book.'s GeekDad praised the novel for not containing "overly-complex descriptions of the way governments and corporations work" or "made-up words and cryptic names". So...we'll see how it goes.  592 pages.  An i09 reviewer said, "Leviathan Wakes is as close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form."

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  • Steph

    It was really lovely to meet everyone! Phyllis did a fantastic job of facilitating a great conversation about Leviathan Wakes, and everyone was friendly and welcoming. :)

    June 20, 2013

    • Phyllis

      Thank you Steph! So glad you came and shared your thoughts and reading suggestions. Keep coming...we need you!

      June 20, 2013

  • Rose Cooke W.

    Not going to make this one, sorry -- we're ready to plan a weekend around the summer book swap, though :) See you all soon!

    June 19, 2013

  • Steph

    Looking forward to it!

    June 19, 2013

  • Carolyn

    I haven't read the book, but I plan to come to the next one! Will there be one in July?

    June 17, 2013

  • Julia C.

    Sci-Fi is a new genre for me to be reading in and I'm excited to have found this group! Looking forward to meeting all of you on the 19th.

    May 25, 2013

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