Leviathan Wakes Read Along Part Two

Welcome back to the Leviathan Wakes read along! I’ve provided the questions for this week, which cover Chapters 15 – 28. Beware of spoilers if you choose to read on!

The plot thickens! Do you think the sickness has anything to do with what we saw in the prologue? And who ordered it to be incubated? What’s their end goal?

I have literally no clue what the grand scheme is. Maybe using the disease as biological warfare? But if radiation feeds the disease, would it be effective in situations without radiation? And if you’ve already got radiation, why would you need a disease to kill people?

I want to guess that OPA is using it to prepare for war with Mars… but the OPA people who sent Holden to pick up Julie obviously have no clue about any of this. Maybe it’s a fraction that split off from the OPA? My money’s on another group all together, but I have no idea who they might be or what their agenda is.

What’s your current takes on the POV characters? Think they’ll continue to work together? Is Miller crossing a line in this section?

Miller seems to have stopped caring about propriety at all. That could be either a good thing or a bad thing. So far he’s come off as a fundamentally decent person, so I doubt it will be all that big of a problem.

I’m guessing Holden and Miller will continue to work together. They both want to know what the heck is going on, and they don’t have other goals that are at odds.

James S.A. Corey’s set up an entire futuristic solar system. What’s your favorite part about it so far?

It’s a small thing, but I really loved Miller’s trip on the shuttle. The description of the economical transport is fairly believable and adds a good does of character to how scrappy Belters are. Plus, I really like the idea of how there’s an asteroid that’s become like the Vegas of the Belt.

So Miller found Julie. Do you think this effectively ends her involvement, or is there more to learn about her?

Julie may be dead (a twist I totally didn’t see coming), but I think she’s got secrets yet to be discovered. What was she doing on that ship? What did her dad know that caused him to warn her? Her backstory’s still fascinating, although I am disappointed that she won’t be effecting the book going forward.

Any other thoughts on this section?

Still disappointed that there aren’t more ladies. I was really hoping Julie could improve things in this regard, but that’s obviously not happening at this point.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. “And if you’ve already got radiation, why would you need a disease to kill people?” – This is an excellent question! There is so much about this part of the plot that I don’t understand yet. I MUST KNOW THE THINGS.

  2. nrlymrtl says:

    I also liked the average commuter look at Miller going from Ceres to Eros. It’s so realistic and amusing at the same time. All this tech, populate the solar system and yet we still have crappy mass transport.

    Also, the casinos on Eros are a nice touch, aren’t they? All those Belters and merchants with money and no place to realistically spend it on long-term things, like a house.

    I have to be honest and say that I am also disappointed that we haven’t got more central ladies doing things that affect the plot and now Julie is dead. Yet the story is still so compelling that I won’t put the book down. Still, it’s room for improvement, right?

    1. I guess instead of a house, Belters would buy a ship? It did mention families getting together to pool money for a prospecting ship…

      I’ve heard there’s more ladies in book 2, and I’m getting sucked in enough by the plot that I think I’m going to continue.

      1. nrlymrtl says:

        That’s right, we did hear something about families pooling together for prospecting ships. So there is something beyond whoring and gambling.

  3. imyril says:

    I have a secret wish that at some point we’ll see Miller land on a planet and totally lose his cool over the sky. Because he’s left Ceres maybe 5 times in his life, and at least 2 of those trips were to Eros, which is another tunnel community. How agoraphobic do you think he might be?

    1. Oh wow I bet he’s hugely agoraphobic. On the other hand, I’d probably get super claustrophobic on Ceres or Eros!

      1. imyril says:

        Me too. Never seeing the sky 🙀

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