Science fiction comes in a number of shapes and sizes, but my personal favorites are sweeping space operas over military or hard science fiction. What I love so much about Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey is that it, at least to me, balances all the best elements of science fiction into an epic, action-packed and character-driven story. I couldn’t put this book down. Same for the next two in the series!
The first novel follows Jim Holden, XO of spaceship that mines Saturn’s rings for ice, and Detective Miller, who is consumed by his search for a missing girl. A derelict spacecraft with dangerous secrets brings these two men together and puts them directly in the crossfire of solar system wide conflicts.
All elements of this novel are compelling and well-developed. The characters jump from the pages as they move through a amazingly detailed world. Plot and tension set those same pages on fire, and the writing is simply superb.