Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes

By James S. A. Corey

  • Release Date: 2011-06-15
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 1,670 Ratings


The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.


Humanity has colonized the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond -- but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for -- and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations -- and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." -- George R. R. Martin

The Expanse

Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
​Leviathan Falls

The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs


  • Great book

    By mcbwaa
    Watched the series first and am able to out faces to the characters. I loved every second of reading this.
  • Definitely a great read while waiting for season 5

    By Malvicus
    Still reading this great novel. Great pacing. Great storytelling. I love picturing the actors from the show in this book. Proves that the show does a great job in capturing the essence of this novel.
  • Awesome read, hard sci-fi at its best

    By stan 8787
    Couldn’t put it down. Currently cruising through the sequels. I love hard science fiction, my favorite novel ever is Ender’s Game and in my opinion the expanse is on par with that. My only complaint is it legitimately makes it hard to go back and enjoy softer science fiction that doesn’t feel nearly as real
  • Great for all sci-fi lovers

    By mylilpenguin
    Overall a great book. On par with other books in sci-fi like Dune and Red Rising. Had a problem getting into it in the beginning but continued reading and loved the character and story development. Can’t wait to continue reading into the rest of the expanse universe.
  • If you love sci-fi

    By Timo Stephens
    Read this awesome book
  • Unbelievable!

    By Ph77
    So so so fantastic!
  • Fantastic book!

    By filterban
    Great TV series and a great book. If you like science fiction, you can’t miss this. If you don’t like science fiction, you should still read this. Hard sci fi, it isn’t, but it is just brilliant.
  • Slow start, strong finish!

    By Christoph '-D
    Started off slowly with confusing timelines and what I first thought were uninteresting characters. But the story really took off once the main characters were united and I found it difficult to put the book down. It turned into a four hour reading marathon to the finish. Great job! '-D
  • Epic Space Adventure

    By Cagekicker69
    I started out watching the show on the SyFy channel and really liked it. Then I started reading the first book in the series, and I don't know if I'm gonna go back. The best description I've seen has compared The Expanse to both Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica. I can't do any better than that.
  • Awesome

    By JoshuaMD86
    This book had me captivated the whole time.