Leviathan Wakes


On the one hand a space opera with big scope, but unlike a pan-universe narrative it focuses on our solar system and brings it back to a more human scale.

The story is told through two protagonists, and the view point flips between them in alternating chapters.

I have to say this hooked me, to the point that I was listening to it whenever I could. I eschewed my usual morning routine of watching/listening to the news in order to squeeze in more time to listen.

My enthusiasm waned as we approached the three-quarter mark though. The initial mystery and fast pace are lost and while what remains is perfectly okay, it didn’t hold the same allure for me.

I was prepared to overlook the pretty thin and stereotyped characterisation, as well as some of the other generic elements. I’m not sure it’s possible to avoid them all. There are some new ideas too — a new take — arguably a more realistic one, on where humanity is headed. Most of it was background to the events anyway.

I wasn’t too sure about narrator Jefferson Mays initially, but he grew on me and worked out well enough.

The breathless pacing early on, combined with the mystery give it junkie-esque appeal. Once past this it didn’t reach the same addictive heights.

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Reviewed: 23rd November 2016