Leviathan Wakes

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Leviathan Wakes
Author James S. A. Corey
Cover artist Daniel Dociu
Country United States
Language English
Series The Expanse
Genre Science fiction
Published 2011 (Orbit Books)
Media type Print
Pages 582
Awards 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel (Nomination)
2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (Nomination)
ISBN 978-0-316-12908-4
Followed by Caliban's War

Leviathan Wakes is a 2011 science fiction novel by James S. A. Corey (pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). It is about a conflict in the solar system that involves Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt (colonies of people living on asteroids, referred to as "Belters"). It is the first book in The Expanse series. It is followed by Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate and Cibola Burn.

Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.[1][2]


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. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

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

Holden and Miller must 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,[3][4] with Kirkus Reviews giving the novel praise.[5] The book's action sequences were highlighted by SF Signal,[6] and Tor.com wrote that the book had a "satisfying volume completion".[7] George R.R. Martin described Leviathan Wakes as a "kickass space opera" (comment printed on Caliban's War; Ty Franck works as his assistant[citation needed]), with Locus Online also praising the book.[8] Wired.com'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".[9]


Leviathan Wakes was followed up by the novel Caliban's War in 2012 and Abaddon's Gate in 2013. It was announced in 2012 that Orbit Books had ordered a further three books in the Expanse series, in addition to five novellas set in the same universe.[10] The first of these sequels was announced in September 2013 as Cibola Burn[11] and was released on June 17, 2014 in hardcover, Kindle, and on Audible in the US.[12]

Television series[edit]

On April 11, 2014 Syfy announced that they gave a order for a direct-to-TV series based on the Leviathan Wakes and "The Expanse" series. The cable network ordered 10 episodes, produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG). Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (known for the films Children of Men and Iron Man) wrote the pilot; they will continue to serve as writers, as well as executive producers.[13]


  1. ^ "2012 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Announcing the 2012 Locus Award Winners". Tor.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "In Brief: Science Fiction". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Audiobook Reviews: LEVIATHAN WAKES". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Review: Leviathan Wakes". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "REVIEW: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey". SF Signal. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Walton, Jo. "More like this, please: James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes". Tor.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Letson, Russell. "Russell Letson reviews James S.A. Corey". Locus Online. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Kelly, James. "A Great SciFi Mystery in Leviathan Wakes". Wired.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Some Big News About The Expanse". Danielabraham.com. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  11. ^ "Cover Reveals! CIBOLA BURN by James S.A. Corey and THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham". SF Signal. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  12. ^ "A night at the space opera, by Ellen Wright". 29 October 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Dragon, The (2014-04-11). "The Expanse - Syfy orders Drama based on Leviathan Wakes". Spoilertv.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

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