Leviathan Wakes Read Along Part One

Hello everyone! Thanks to the Goodreads SF/F Read Along Group, I’m finally getting around to reading Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. This read along will be divided into four different parts. This week we’re covering Chapters 1 – 14. So don’t read any farther if you don’t want to see spoilers for the first fourth of the book!

1. First impressions! We’re given two main POVs here, a lot of important information, and a big fat (intriguingly political) murder mystery in space. What’s your take on the setup so far?

The political situation reminds me a lot of the Revolutionary War. Divide between colonies and a distant, more militarily powerful motherland. Conflicts over taxation and shipping. I don’t know if this was intended, but it’s the parallel I’m bringing into the book.

As for everything else… I really have no idea. I’ve got the feeling some big reveals are to come.

2. Regarding the narrative: we get the bulk of the story so far from the POVs of Miller and Holden. What do you think of each character, and how do you think they compare to one another? Do you think their paths might cross or are we looking at more of a Game of Thrones style approach to the story’s arc? For that matter, which might you prefer?

Both of them have quite a bit of work left to do to impress me and make me remember them. Honestly, they just feel like familiar character types. Miller is the hard boiled detective who lives for his job (presumably a factor in his divorce, another character trait that feels familiar). Holden is the reckless American captain, an underdog who’ll fight the odds and come out on top. I’ve seen plenty of these characters before, and Miller and Holden aren’t doing much to distinguish themselves.

I think it’s possible that Miller and Holden’s paths could cross. If I have to make a prediction though, I’d guess that they won’t meet in person but will somehow exchange communication. Whatever ends up happening, I’m sure that the actions they take will impact the other.

 

 

3. Let’s talk about Julie Mao, and THAT prologue. Given what we know about her by the end of chapter 14, do you think Julie might just be a victim of circumstance or is she more deeply involved in whatever is going on?

Wow. Yeah, we’ve got to talk about that prologue.

Mainly the fact that there was apparently a giant glob of living human flesh? Julie didn’t seem to be expecting THAT. Not that I can blame her. I was a bit freaked out myself and wishing I hadn’t decided to eat lunch as I read.

I do think that the giant glob is a sign that there’s another level to everything that’s happening, one that our POV characters can’t even begin to fathom. Maybe it’s connected somehow to those eight mysterious ships who are currently attacking Holden?

Back to the subject of Julie, I don’t think she knows anything about greater schemes. Why else would her father send her that email. On that subject…

 

4. Chapter 14 ends with Miller contacting Julie’s father; do you think his hunch about dear old Dad knowing some things is right, or should he listen to Shaddid on this one?

Oh he definitely knows something. I have no clue what though.

Leaving space here for any extra observations/ruminations etc! What else do you think about the story so far?

It needs more ladies. Look, I know I say this about most things, but so far the only significant women have been Julie who it looks like is going to be MIA for most of this book, Miller’s racist boss, and Naomi, who’s all right. But she’s the only woman in the remnants of Holden’s crew, so she’s another case of Only Woman on the Team.

Maybe the book will get better in this regard? I think I remember something about the TV show having good female characters. I can only hope that’s true of the source material.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Allie says:

    There are definitely multiple great female characters in the series, but not so much in the first book. They fixed this a bit in the TV show by introducing some of the characters from subsequent books right away.

    1. That’s disappointing. I’ve got a lot of books to read, and I’m not sure I want to wait around until the second book.

  2. nrlymrtl says:

    I love your comparison to the Revolutionary War for the current situation.

    Yes, that big ball of human-ish flesh might be a future problem.

    I agree with you about the ladies. My husband has read the rest of the series and he says this weakness is definitely fixed in Book 2.

    1. I am glad that there’s more female characters in book two, but I wish I didn’t have to wait!

      1. nrlymrtl says:

        True. But I do like that the books improve on this particular point instead of staying the same.

  3. If the rest of this book is as interesting as these first chapters, I will probably be here for the next one too. Knowing that there are more ladies to come definitely helps – I do agree with Sarah that it’s important to see them represented, and equally important (to me) that male authors learn to present them well.

    I like the Revolutionary War comparison – that hadn’t occurred to me! I suspect I was distracted by all the space-ness. 😀

  4. Ooh, I love this series! The first book was good, but the later books get even better! Have fun! 😀

  5. imyril says:

    I’m with you 100% on all fronts here except the Revolutionary War (in spite of my degree in archaeology, there’s big gaps in my historical knowledge, and American history is one of them – not that I’m much more acquainted with European history from 800-1900 🙂 so I hadn’t spotted this, but I can see how that would resonate.

    And what the heck was going on in that engine room?! I’m pretty sure that it’s not something the OPA cooked up, but it doesn’t like Martian Navy (or Earthers) to me either – so I look forward to everyone realising they’ve had their eyes on each other when they should have been staring at the ceiling.

    1. I agree that nobody was planning that thing in the engine room! I feel like it must be a side effect of something? But I have no idea what.

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