Montag, 7. März 2016

[Montagsrezension] Leviathan Wakes von James S. A. Corey


Ich lese ja gerne mal querbeet, aber an Science Fiction traue ich mich eigentlich nur selten. Doch mein Freund hat es geschafft, dass ich dieses Genre mittlerweile lieben gelernt habe. Erst hat er mich dazu gebracht Der Marsianer von Andy Weir zu lesen und wer meine Rezension gelesen hat, weiß' das ich dieses Buch regelrecht verschlungen habe. Dann wollte er, dass ich die Expanse-Reihe von James S. A. Corey lese. Klar, irgendwann wollte ich das auch machen, aber irgendwie habe ich es dann doch eher vor mir hergeschoben. Naja. Bis wir dann die passende Serie zur Buchreihe auf Syfy geschaut haben. Im Anschluss habe ich nämlich sofort zum ersten Band Leviathan Wakes gegriffen.




 BOOK INFO
Original title: Leviathan Wakes
Author: James S. A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
Paperback: 592 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-84149-989-5
List Price: £ 8,99 (auf buchhandel.de)
Publisher:
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PLOT
Welcome to the future.

"Once, it had been packed with people, supplies, schematics machines, environment bubbles, and hope." ~ p. 8

James Holden ends up captain of his own little crew due to a deadly attack and suddenly stumbles upon a secret he never wanted. There are forces in the universe that are willing to kill in order to keep those information covert and stop at nothing. A war is starting to brew and Holden and his crew are the only one's out there that can prevent the system from destroying itself.

"The joke was that Ceres didn't have laws - it had police." ~ p. 24

Detective Miller is looking for a girl, because her parents want her back at any cost. The trail leads Miller throughout the belt and soon he realizes that there is more to the story. His girl might be the key to peace and soon Holden and Miller cross paths.

"He had the already lost hopefulness of a man with a lottery ticket" ~ p. 536

One small ship can change the fate of the universe.

OPINION
Gosh. I think I am turning into a Sci Fi addict. Well, maybe not the hardcore kind, but definitely the adventurous type. This space opera definitely hooked me and I want to know more. What will the crew of the Rocinante discover next? How are their relationships evolving? I absolutely got sucked into the outer belt and loved it.

""The warmth in his chest might have been the alcohol or it might have been victory." ~ p. 381

I enjoyed the characters a lot and the one's I didn't quite fancy died pretty fast. Especially the charaters on the Rocinante have a great chemistry and the reader kinda feels as part of the crew. Holden doesn't seem like this arrogant know-it-all I got to know in the film series adaptation. He is so much more likeable in the book. Of course he makes some stupid decisions, but I actually understood his actions even though I didn't share his thoughts. Still, it made all sense. Amos is also more likeable in the book and doesn't have this freaky vibe to him like he does in the film series. In the book he is this rebel teddy bear, who is extremly loyal to his crew and superiors (with some minor flaws). Naomi is this awesome badass in both, the film series and the book. She is pretty great and I kinda want her as a friend. The last important character on the Rocinante is the martian pilot Alex. The film series adaption represented his character really good and he is a great addition to the crew.

"Wrapped in a space suit and surrounded by vacuum, Gomez could have been lighting fireworks inside his armore and no one would have heard it, but he whispered." ~ p. 141

The descriptions are super vivid and I was able to imagine the looks of the belters amazingly well. It was so much fun to read; learn more about space. It felt like all of this could actually happen in the future. It wasn't too freaky and kind of realistic, which I enjoyed. The characters weren't shallow at all and thought through. The conflicts, especially between Holden and Miller because of conflicting worldviews, made the story a lot more fun to read. Miller brought this whole new side to the story - some detective story and some noir. I never got bored, because there always seemed something to be happening.

CONCLUSION
I was taken to the stars reading this story. It was such a pleasure to read each page and I never got bored, because there always seemed something to be happening. It still wasn't enough to give full points, but it is definitely worth 4 out of 5 points. I cannot wait to read the second book.

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