Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey (Book 2011)

So this book was touted as being a space opera, but in my world I wouldn't define it as such. It was more of a philosophical analysis between the dichotomous nature of rational decisions. As such, the story was split between two main characters whose stories eventually merged. One guy was an officer on a trade ship and the other was a detective working for a security firm. The details that pushed the underlying plot along, revolved around the differing personalities of these two characters. One guy was a rule-based idealist while the other was a narrow-focused realist. Their conflict showed how the power of information can lead to wide-ranging results depending on the audience and the amount of facts.

From the writing perspective, the book was great in both style and structure. It's quite amazing when you compare this book to, let's say, a random zombie book where the author is some scrub who can barely put together a sentence.

Even though the writing was good and the story was OK, I was really looking forward to a space opera that had a lot more military space ships, battles, drama, and purpose. This book was bit more more micro in its content and I guess I'll admit that I didn't like the characters much. I will not be continuing on with this series, but it's more because this book wasn't my cup of tea and not because of the quality of the work.
Rating - Mid