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 June 15, 2011
Publisher 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, the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. It is the first book in the Expanse series, followed by Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, and Nemesis Games.

Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.[1][2] The series is being adapted for television in 2015 as The Expanse by Syfy.


Leviathan Wakes is set in a future in which humanity has colonized much of the solar system, but not interstellar space. In the Asteroid Belt and beyond, tensions are rising between Earth's United Nations, Mars and the outer planets.

By chance, Jim Holden, executive officer of an outer planets ice freighter, and his crew – his second-in command Naomi Nagata, the pilot Alex Kamal and the mechanic Amos – witness the destruction of their ship, and on Ceres, police detective Miller is searching for the runaway Earther Julie Mao. Both men eventually find themselves entangled in a conspiracy by an Earth-based corporation to weaponize an alien replicator molecule, which is released on Eros Station to disastrous effect as war breaks out between the inner planets and the outer settlements.

After commandeering a Martian corvette, dubbed the Rocinante, Miller, Holden and his crew help the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance, Fred Johnson, neutralize the threat. The alien growth that has consumed Eros eventually settles on Venus, beginning to transform the planet.


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 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 ordered 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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