SFF Read Alongs: Leviathan Wakes, Part 3

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In the third part of Leviathan Wakes, Miller and Holden start to find answers to their questions – but their responses only cause more problems…

This week’s reading covers chapters 29 to 43, with questions from imyril at There’s Always Room For One More. Beware of spoilers below!


After a skin-crawling start, our crew get back into space with information in their back pocket – and our two POV characters disagree on whether it should be shared. What do you think?

This part of the story is really interesting to me because I can understand both Miller’s and Holden’s points about what should be done with the information they’ve got. That said, I keep finding myself siding a bit more with Miller when it comes to not simply jumping in, ideals first, and complicating everything even more. HOLDEN NO.

That’s not to say I don’t think Holden has a good point when it comes to why he’s doing things the way he is. In an ideal world, it would work that way, and I do admire his outlook – but only up to a point. Ideals are well and good, but when countless people are dying as a direct result, however unintended, of a choice you make which serves those ideals, then maybe they’re not so easy to justify acting upon.

Having said that, though, I don’t entirely agree with Miller either. I think it’s better to be able to say you tried to do something, rather than admitting you sat back and did nothing, when all the dust settles. So it’s a hugely complicated issue, and having two such opposing viewpoints to illustrate it is making for some intensely dramatic and really interesting reading!


The villain is unmasked! What did you make of Antony Dresden’s little speech? 

I can’t help thinking of Dresden and his explanation/justification for what he’s done as placing him at the extreme opposite end of the moral scale from Holden, in the sense that both men believe very firmly in the rightness of what they’re doing, even when what they’re doing is causing chaos all around them. The only difference is in their personal goals. At least Holden is trying to SAVE lives…

But, yeah. Antony Dresden was intensely creepy and disturbing, and I can’t say I’m sorry Miller did what he did.


After the action, we get another round of comparative morality: this time on the act of killing. Whose view do you sympathise with more (and why)? 

Again, this is one hell of an issue to have to pick a side on! Like I noted before, I’m not sorry Dresden was removed from the equation. He was never going to come around to the horror of what he’d done and was going to do, and with some people, the legal system will just never be effective enough in that sense. But there’s justifiable homicide, and there’s taking the act upon yourself. Should Dresden have been stopped? Absolutely. Should Miller have shot him right then and there? Probably not. I’m not saying I’m sorry to see the bastard go, but this is something that should absolutely have consequences, just as Holden’s decision to broadcast their information should and did. I’m not in the least bit surprised that Holden told him where to go afterward, any more than I was surprised that Miller was, in a psychological sense, far gone enough to pull the trigger.

On that note, I’m not entirely without sympathy for Miller. He’s come this far on the strength of his need, however obsessive, to see justice done for Julie, and to his mind killing Dresden achieved that (and more besides). But it’s pretty clear that he’s paid the price for achieving it by losing Holden’s respect, and any potential peace he might have found as part of the Rocinante crew. The apparent fact that he knows this, that he knew it would happen, and did it anyway does tug on my heartstrings a bit. He might have brought this on himself, but I don’t want to see him self-destruct.



Somehow, this rollercoaster isn’t over yet. What do you expect from the final act?

I … have absolutely no idea. I mean, it’s pretty obvious from the fact that this is a series and not a standalone novel that the war will probably not end in a hurry. With that in mind, though, I expect – and I’m eager to see – how other players might be introduced to keep the story moving and broaden the scope of it. Whether that will happen in the final act, I don’t know, but it would be a good way to put a pin in the whole Miller/Holden opening salvo. The questions about Julie’s disappearance have been answered, and her death avenged. But what comes next? That’s what I’m turning my mind to now, and I can’t wait to find out!

2 thoughts on “SFF Read Alongs: Leviathan Wakes, Part 3

  1. Yep. I can admire Holden for his ideals but still question his actions because the results are filled body bags. It makes me think of arguments both for and against schools having metal detectors. Ideally, we shouldn’t need them. Practically, they reduce the number of injuries and funerals.

    Hugs for Miller, indeed! That man needs them!

  2. This is one of those situations where I can’t say morally that Miller did the right thing, but emotionally I’m glad he did it. So I think he has to be punished for it – and I think he is being; he was close to bottom when he left Ceres, and joining up with Holden unexpectedly offered him a lifeline – which he has knowingly thrown away. That’s hard. The beginning of week 4 is pretty bleak for him too!

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