Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

This is the first proper space opera I’ve read for a long time apart from Star Wars novels and I really enjoyed it. It’s set in the not too distant future and I have to say that the world that is shown strikes me as very believable. OK maybe not the ‘Epstein Drive’ (though you never know) but more how society has developed, in that it’s not that different from now, just more advanced and we’ve transferred racism to the Belters rather than people from other countries. The rampant commercialisation of pretty much everything also rings a chord.

The world shown here is set to three main areas; Earth, Mars, and the Belt – which are set on different asteroids, as well as moons on planets in our near solar system. All of the story is set on the Belt. We have two POV’s, Holden a fairly idealistic young XO on a ship and Miller, an older cop on a space station. They both get caught up the case of a missing young woman from earth and the rising tensions between the three main areas of the colonised solar system.

It is fast paced, sometimes funny, sometimes horror-esque story and keeps you engaged the whole way through. It is the first book in the series and though you probably could read it as a standalone it is definitely set up for the further instalments. I would thoroughly recommend.

5 stars out of 5

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