Leviathan Wakes is a confusing labyrinth of characters in a world James S. A. Corey invented. It was nominated in 2012 for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, so I thought I’d better check it out.
Man, was I disappointed.
The story is split between two characters: Jim Holden and Detective Miller. Holden comes across a ship whose inhabitants are all dead… and complications ensue [including the governments of multiple planets hunting Holden and his crew]. Miller is chasing after a missing girl, who just so happens to be one of the members of the discover ship whose inhabitants are dead.
And that sums the story up.
It was so confusing and obviously written by two very different writers. I got lost as to why things were happening and what the end goals of the protagonists were. For instance, Miller finds the missing girl’s body and for some reason has become obsessed with her [and her case] and continues his investigation, even though his search is over. I just wasn’t into this story at all… and this is coming from a sci-fi geek. I mean, Battlestar Gallactica is my jam! I expected more…