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Leviathan Wakes
By James S.A. Corey

Discussed November/December 2018

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Major characters:
The Rocinante:

  • Jim Holden: captain; former XO of the Canterbury (from Earth)
  • Naomi Nagata: engineer and XO (Belter)
  • Amos Burton: mechanic (from Earth)
  • Alex Kamal: pilot (from Mars)


  • Joe Miller: former detective on Ceres
  • Fred Johnson: The Butcher of Anderson Station, formerly with the UN and now a leader with the OPA on Tycho Station
  • Julie Mao: missing person who meets a particularly messy end
  • Anthony Dresden: lead scientist for Protogen
  • Chrisjen Avasarala: not in this book, which is why you need to keep reading the series


  1. Did you finish the book? Did you like it?
  2. What do you think about the world building in the novel, especially the relationship between Earth, Mars, and the Belters? Did you find it plausible?
  3. Did the back-and-forth between Miller’s and Holden’s viewpoints work for you as a reader?
  4. Did you like the blending of detective fiction and science fiction, especially in scenes told from Miller’s viewpoint?
  5. What did you think about Miller and his motivations, especially his motivations for continuing the investigation into Julie Mao?
  6. What do you think about Holden and his beliefs about the freedom of information? Is he too naive? What are his motives? Does he help or hurt?
  7. What was your impression of the other main characters--Naomi, Alex, and Amos?
  8. Talk about the protomolecule and Protogen. Do you think we have the whole truth about the nature of the protomolecule, or that we or the characters ever will?
  9. One commenter (Aidan Moher at remarked that he could tell the book was written by a man: “At times it feels very much like a novel written by dudes for dudes.” Do you agree? Does it matter?
  10. Have you seen the TV series? What do you think about it in comparison to the book?
  11. Are you familiar with the two authors behind James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)? How does their work compare with this novel?
  12. Have you read the rest of the series? Would you?
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