Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, Bk 1) by James S.A. Corey

In recent years, I’ve only been writing about Star Wars books, but I decided I need to branch out a little and write about some of the other stuff I read.  I think there are times that I get bored or annoyed with Star Wars books and then my reading stalls out completely.  In the last month or so, I’ve given myself permission to step away from the Star Wars and read other stuff and it has been super great.

I am a fan of The Expanse TV show on Syfy, so I wanted to read the books.  I actually bought the first three books in the series in paperback, about a year ago and started the first one, but the books are too big to carry around, so I ended up putting it down on a side table and not getting back to it for 10 months.  Oops.  But then I recently bought it in Kindle format and suddenly I was sucked in and finished it in a week despite being busy and traveling.

I really like that the series is set in our solar system.  Yes, the colonies on Mars and in the Belt are fictitious, but the planets, moons, and asteroids real.  It definitely made the events seem more realistic and near future.  The world building is really strong and believable.

The authors alternate chapters.  I’m not sure if I liked Franck’s Holden chapters more because I like his writing more or if I just like Holden and the Roci crew more than Miller.  idk.  Miller did grow on me as the book went on.

I’m excited to continue with the series and for Season 3 of the show.

Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein

I really wanted to like this book because I really liked Rose Tico and was traumatized by Paige’s death the first time I saw The Last Jedi, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it.  It was pretty good; I just didn’t love it.  Rose felt so young – like a child instead of a young adult.  I picked up the book, read a few pages, and put it back down so many times.  It just didn’t draw me in the way I hoped it would.