What Happened to Holden? James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Falls Ending Explained

Leviathan Falls Ending Explained
Leviathan Falls Ending Explained

With The Expanse recently premiering on Amazon Prime Video on December 6, 2021, the stories for that show are almost done. What happened to Holden at the end? Jame S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Falls ending explained deserves a little unpacking because it’s not that clear. Additionally, The Expanse takes inspiration from a series of books of the same name, the last of which is Leviathan Falls.

If you’re not familiar with Leviathan Falls, it’s the last book of the “The Expanse” series. They came to mainstream fame because Amazon Prime Video and SyFy made a series out of the novels by Corey. The previous book to this novel is “Tiamat’s Wrath”. Furthermore, the novels began their print a decade ago and gathered a lot of traction. Unlike the television show, the book will give you the final closure on the James Holden story arc.

Leviathan Falls Ending Explained
This is the illustration cover art from the Polish Edition of Leviathan Falls

Leviathan Falls Ending Explained

Right at the end of the book, the builders had put every ring on a sort of “standby” mode. Essentially, the gate builders had to close the gates because the Goths were massacring them. Still, shutting the gates didn’t save them because they all died. Because the only link that the goth had to the universe to which Holden belonged was the Ring system. That worked for the narrative. You see, the rings were a bridge to Holden and civilization. Once closed, the influence on reality was no longer there.

And while many might ask what happened to others like Elvie and Naomi, bear in mind that those are only two people out of billions of inhabitants. It’s very probable that they came back to their old ways of fighting once that ring was no longer there. We must also consider that the crew grew old by the time Holden destroyed the rings. They were probably 60 years old and their life expectancy is about 150 years. Additionally, the epilogue takes us a whole millennia after the facts. By itself, closing the gates wasn’t just the event, when Elvi explains that the Goths knew if a billet worked, that would detain all traffic thanks to the hive’s mind.

The explosion

By closing the gates, Holden overloaded the ring station and made it explode. And that hampered the ability of the Goths —Corey doesn’t say it in the book explicitly— to transit. The closing of the gates was simply the consequence of the blast. Since we don’t know if the Goths were to stop because of the physical effect of the rings or their intentions, that was left on purpose by the writers for us to speculate. Since we don’t know how infinite the universe is, the authors play with the concept of the vastness of space and relentlessness. The authors of Leviathan Falls consider that the book gives more closure to the story arc than what the television show will do.

A Short Review

When it comes to the framework of ‘Leviathan Falls,’ the action is split between multiple viewpoints. Some characters make a surprise return when the audience least expects it. The story arcs called ‘The Lighthouse and the Keeper’ and ‘The Dreamer’ are the most interesting in the novel and most fans agree. That isn’t to say the other chapters aren’t worthwhile because they will provide readers with more than they anticipate.

Despite the well-structured plot, the protagonists significantly slow down the pace and maybe this is where the book falls short. As the books cut back for background stories, realizations, and emotional resonance of the characters, the events are constantly interrupted, and that becomes a problem when it’s the final book of the saga. After all, most book sagas in the last installment write the characters up to a logical conclusion while giving us a route as they go throughout the story.

The Caveats of Conclusions

Maybe it’s George R.R. Martin’s back and forth style, that also took inspiration from Gabriel García Márquez’s magical realism —if you read “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, you’ll get where I come from— but the spirit is there the inconclusiveness.  In addition, between the scientific concepts and emotional content, abundant —if not excessive— on behalf of the authors as to give science fiction some logical consistency free from externalities and criticism, the plot ends up stagnant and becomes secondary – one that moves at a glacial pace before reaching a quick and dramatic climax.

Where to Read Leviathan Falls?

Leviathan Falls is part of the Expanse series, published by Orbit Books, if you want to read this science-fiction novel, you can get it as a print book, e-book, or audiobook. Furthermore, Orbit Books distributes their work through conventional means in specialized bookstores. Conversely, if you want to stay at home because of COVID, or can’t find a bookstore near you, no worries! You can always rely on Amazon and its trusty supply chain to quench your thirst for books. Additionally, Amazon has this book for Kindle for US$ 15, it’s part of the Audible subscription, and it’s for sale in hardcover for US$ 20. It’s the perfect gift for any James S.A. Corey fan this Christmas.

Leviathan Falls Ending Explained
Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham are the minds behind Leviathan Falls under the pen name James S.A. Corey

Who is James S.A. Corey?

James S.A. Corey isn’t a real person, instead is a pen name shared by two authors, Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, the authors of the science-fiction series “The Expanse”. The duo came up with the name by mixing their middle name’s initials and taking the initials of Abraham’s little daughter. Firstly, let’s begin with Ty Franck, he’s an American novelist, tv producer, and screenwriter, he wrote a couple of scripts and also a Star Wars novel called “Honor Among Thieves”. Additionally, he was George R.R. Martin’s (the author of Game of Thrones) personal assistant.

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Secondly, we have Daniel Abraham, who’s also a screenwriter, tv producer, and novelist who wrote “The Dagger and The Coin”, and worked over the past few years with Franck under the pen name James S.A. Corey in the “The Expanse” book saga. He’s also worked with George R.R. Martin in some projects, as well as a vast expanse of written science-fiction work.