I have been reading Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (I wasn’t cool enough to start reading The Expanse before the show). I have been really impressed by both the structure of the writing and the prose itself (note: this maybe because I have just finished reading a bunch of Star Wars books that were churned out in time for the movies).
The interesting thing about the writing structurally is that every chapter alternates between the two main characters and the narration is a super tight 3rd person, never leaving to focus on other characters. This creates a pendullum like rythm as the story swings back and forth on a 1 for 1 schedule between the A and B plots.
I’ve found that this has alleviated something that has always frustrated me in big fantasy and sci-fi books; when the narration leaves a character’s story on a cliff-hanger and then procceeds to spend multiple chapters spinning it’s wheels with filler. Leviathan Wakes has great cliff hangers and tense endings to it’s chapters but they never get frustrating because you know that you only have to read another chapter to find out what happens next. Of corse the fact that the two protagonists are both fairly interesting and their two separate stories are both compelling help immensely but I think it’s this structure that really keeps the plot’s momentum moving ever forwards.
Apart from the cool structure, the plot is nice and conspiracy riddled and the world that the two writers have created feels really fleshed out. It has just the right amount of cool and (probably) realistic space stuff and is always at least consistent with it’s internal logic which I really enjoy. Really looking forward to diving into the rest of the series!