Excellent with some
Aaron D*** (17.
First of all, a warning: Buy this book on a Friday evening. You
might not get much sleep after starting reading.
I admit that I felt uneasy after reading the first scene in the
"Look Inside" sample chapter. Julie's fate made me wonder whether
this was going to become splatter & gore later. That didn't
happen. The author does use violence when it makes sense at that
point in the story. It's still repugnant but it makes sense.
Which is the strong point: Everyone in the book is smart. There
aren't any stereotype evil guys. Everyone - protagonists and side
characters - has a clear plan, a goal, means and will to achieve
that goal - even if someone else is getting in the way. If
something goes wrong, it goes wrong for a reason. If people make
mistakes, they make them because it seemed a really good idea at
the time. Shit happens. A lot of shit. The hard-boiled cop and the
righteous ex-military, scraping off each other. Each absolutely
sure that their course of action isn't the best but only viable
solution. Don't get me wrong. This isn't about cop vs. military.
This is the struggle of two completely different characters that
need to achieve the same goal and who actually get along pretty
well. If one of them isn't broadcasting information that might kill
thousands of people in riots. And the other isn't shooting people
in the head in cold blood because he believes them dangerous
sociopaths that might get away with their crimes.
The story takes many twists and turns, never losing enough speed to
get boring, but with slower sections to allow the reader to put
down the book. To handle the most pressing human urges. Eating.
Drinking. Restroom. Reading on to know what happens next.
Characters: Great individuals. Most of them seem to be the usual
stereotypes but cracks appear pretty quickly. People get away and
people die. I cared. Well done.
World: He doesn't go into much physics and cuts a few corners
(distances are probably not quite right and flight times are
probably not accurate) but the world as a whole makes sense. After
reading the book, you have a feeling how Ceres and Eros look on the
in- and outside, and how they work. Medicine is advanced but not
almighty. If your bones break, you're mobile again after a few
minutes but it still takes the bone some weeks to heal.
I have only two minor points of criticism: When Julie comes out of
her locker after four days without water, she passes a lot of ship
but doesn't stop to find something to drink. I could imagine that
she's too frightened to stop and get killed but there is no hint
either way in her thoughts.
And there is no trace of information how everyone makes sure they
don't get contaminated with the "virus" as they enter and leave
infected areas. A few sentences about medical checkups and
decontamination would have worked wonders.
Apart from that, I loved the many details.
Q: What's the most important part of a military ship? A: A coffee
machine that spits out good stuff no matter free fall or 5 g
[Revised] Could not be read with cloud reader initially - good
(12. September 2012
I planned to read this on my computer using kindle cloud reader and
it appears that this is not possible for this title... Ther was no
prior indication of this limitation and I can only warn people
here. Really bad - I would prefer to get my money back, if I cannot
read this book. Shame on whoever did not give the ability to read
this in the cloud.
It seems to work now, maybe a technical glitch rather than an
The book itself is a good read, quite a page turner. The characters
are a bit cartoonish, but apart from that it is a nice space opera
(without FTL travel) with militaristic flavour. Recommended.
Great SF, Worth Reading
Michael (6. Mai
I bought the book because I read some recommendations like for
example from George R.R. Martin.
What should I say, it was really a great read. The story is
gripping and has it's share of fast paced action without neglecting
the character-building. The book has one of the most intriguingly
characters(Miller..) I read in the last couple of years in SF.
'Leviathan Wakes' stands up to any comparison with the books of
well known SF-Authors, like Peter F. Hamilton, Vernor Vinge, or
I will buy the sequel in any case and look forward to the next
Great Science Fiction
Max J*** M*** (14.
Well, that was surprising. I only picked this book up because I was
looking for a short book of something else than fantasy to get back
to ASOIAF afterwards, but the story sucked me in and refused to let
me go for way too long. In fact, I have spent almost all my free
time of the last three days on this book, instead of learning for
the upcoming exams. Go figure.
So, about the book. First off, let me tell you that I am by no
means an expert on Science Fiction. The last science fiction book I
read has been more than a year ago. So, I can't give fancy
comparasions to other books or anything like that.
I can only say that this probably has to be the best science
fiction book I have read to date. The story was relly interesting
and actually managed to keep my guessing for a long time, which
does not happen too often. Every time I think I figured it out, a
new twist of the story comes out of nowhere and I am back to square
one with my prediction of how the book will go on. In fact, I only
saw the ending coming about ten or twenty pages before the book was
Another think I really liked about the book is that there were some
parts where I thought "Well, this would make for a fine
cliff-hanger ending, since the book is only part one of the Series.
I guess it's just a short book", only to take a look at the page
number and see that I was only halfway through (This can obviously
only happen if you are reading on an eReader...).
To point out a few more things that I liked: The characters were
really believable and alive, and I really enjoyed the development
Miller went through, the story mostly free of obvious cliches
(Again, I don't know much about Science Fiction cliches), and there
were some really humorous moments that didn't seem artificial at
I would recommend this book to just about anyone who isn't afraid
of space or a physics student (Some parts of the physics seemed a
bit strange to me, but I am not an expert on physics either, so