Welcome to the last post in the read along of Leviathan Wakes. But don’t fear! Leviathan Wakes has won me over, and I’ll be continuing on with the Expanse series.
For prior posts in this read along, please check out “The Expanse Read Along” tag. This section covers Chapter 44 through the end of the book, so spoilers follow.
1. So first off, what do you make of what Miller found inside Eros?
A) That was hella creepy.
I seriously did not expect Julie to still be alive in any way shape or form. It was a huge twist, and I totally loved it.
I also loved the descriptions of the weird alien environment. The hands crawling around like spiders? It’s spine tingling!
2. Was Miller’s end a noble sacrifice or was it the act of a suicidal man? Is Holden right in wanting Miller to be presented as a person, not a symbol?
I think it’s a bit of both. While his actions may have stemmed out of a deteriorating mental state, they did ultimately save humanity. But I think Holden needs to let Fred make Miller into a symbol. While the truth might be messier and more complicated, the idea of a Belter sacrificing himself for Earth is a powerful one, and it’s what the solar system needs at the moment.
I’ll admit, I didn’t foresee Miller choosing to stay behind and die on Eros. I thought he was going through some sort of breakdown, especially due to his visions of Julie, but I never thought he’d not survive to the next book. I guess I’m just really not used to POV characters dying.
I’ll also admit that out of the two, I’m glad Holden was the one to make it out alive.
3. Do you believe war between Earth, Mars, and the Belt is inevitable? Will the they achieve peace, even peace for now?
I think there’ll be peace, for a few months or maybe even years. But humanity doesn’t have a great track record of not getting into armed conflict. Sooner or later, there’ll be war again.
4. Do you have any predictions for the next book? Things you want to see more of or find out about?
A) I want more ladies doing plot stuff. From what I’ve been told, I’ll be getting this in book two. Plus, I’m fairly certain that Julie’s going to be important going forward. How can she not be?
B) We’ll see more of the alien virus and Julie. The epilogue mentioned crystal towers on Venus, and I have know idea what that signifies. What is the virus building? I want to learn more about it.
C) There will continue to be conflict between Earth, the Belt, and Mars. I don’t know if there will be open war or only the threat of war.
D) Various groups will be trying to get a hold of Fred’s sample. Maybe it’ll be stolen at some point?
E) I haven’t read the synopsis for the next book, but I’m fairly sure Holden will be returning as a POV character.
Those cover the major points! I wasn’t initially that into Leviathan Wakes, but I got hooked by the plot as the book went on. Sometime in July I’ll be posting my full review of the book. What do you think of Leviathan Wakes? Have you checked out the TV show at all? I want to get further into the books before I start it.