Leviathan Wakes - novel discussion (Book 1 Spoilers)
I’ve never started a thread before but I love the Expanse books and want to get the ball rolling with the proposed book club. I think we should be free to talk spoilers from the current book being discussed and previous books (obviously that doesn’t apply to Book 1 but will be relevant later) but not later books, some folks aren’t reading beyond where the show is and some just haven’t gotten through them all. I don’t think we need to go chapter by chapter or anything, discussing the book as a whole is probably the way to go. So let’s talk Leviathan Wakes!
I’ll start with what is probably going to be a controversial opinion: I really dislike Holden. I think he’s self-righteous, pompous, and makes rash decisions based on his personal moral code without considering situational evidence or getting all of the information. He doesn’t consider the big picture or how his actions will effect others. I appreciate that he loves his crew and wants them to be safe but he makes solar system effecting decisions on a whim time after time. He feels like an impetuous teenager, completely controlled by his emotions, believing that everything that happens to him is The Most Important Thing Ever.
This doesn’t change my love of the books though. In fact having a main character that I dislike who is well written draws me in all the more because it feels like real life. Not everyone can make all the right decisions and sometimes dummies end up winning, it just makes the world of the Expanse feel more true to life.
I’ve got a lot more thoughts and opinions but for now I wanted to get the discussion off the ground and see what other people think and want to talk about.