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Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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"Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic." -- starred, School Library Journal--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand is woken in the middle of the night and forced to flee his home. With only a small group of men, Aleksandar faces foes at every turn. When the Leviathan lands near Aleksandar, he meets young Deryn, and their fates intertwine.
In this latest young adult novel from Scott Westerfeld, he has created an alternate history in a steampunk version of World War I. It's a fantastic world of elaborate machines and bizarre, unnatural animals. In addition to the unique world and fascinating story, the characters are just as absorbing and are the driving force behind the story. Aleksandar is spoiled, but very bright and capable. And Deryn is brave, talented, and humble. The two are from different worlds and seems as if the reader is viewing to drastically different stories, until the two worlds collide.
There is no lack of suspense and action in this steampunk adventure. As a growing niche in the science fiction genre, this novel is sure to be popular amidst youth and adults alike. With events culminating in a climactic ending, there is room left open for a sequel, which I certainly am hoping for. It's a fun, fresh and decidedly unique tale. Don't miss this one.
Deryn is a girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can join the Air Service in 1914 Britain. Prince Aleksander is the half-royal not-heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne who struggles with duty and survival when the assassination of his parents pitches the world into war. Their paths collide and Westerfeld's fast-paced action doesn't disappoint. Oh, and there's Darwinist creatures pitted against Clanker machines, and the technology is a delicious mixture of retro steam and futuristic custom-designed creatures. Scott Westerfeld's fantastic imagination, combined with Keith Thompson's gorgeous line drawings, creates a feast for the mind and eyes.
The only drawback to this book is its ending: curses upon Westerfeld for his cliff-hanger books! You must read the next book Behemoth, but it doesn't come out until October 2010. Westerfeld says he will probably tour when Behemoth is released, so I may have to stalk him. The only question: how do I get my e-book signed? I might have to resort to having him sign something else. Maybe that collectible Leviathan art that would really look awesome on my wall.
Westerfeld writes smart and very clean books. The violence is real, but not gratuitous, and almost completely bloodless. There is death in Leviathan. This is war, after all. Alek accidentally kills a soldier, and Deryn is involved in a couple battles where fatalities occur. The dead are hinted at, but not described.Read more ›
The details on the Darwinist creations, and they way they work together to form a sort of ecology was very interesting and made me want to read more to learn more about this world they live in.
All in all, a decent story, almost prologue like, that will leave you wanting to read the next book.
The alternate reality in Leviathan is amazingly fascinating. As Westerfeld explains in his author's note, the basic events in the novel are based on history - there was a real Archduke of Austria/Hungary whose assassination precipitated the 1st World War in Europe. But for the rest of the novel, Westerfeld pretty much goes off into a tangent of his own making. The world in Leviathan is divided into the `Clankers' - people with highly advanced machine technology / engineering versus the `Darwinists' - people who have mastered DNA manipulation such that they are able to create bizarre crossbred species called `beasties' or fabricated animals. It is an incredible world wherein there are Stormwalkers (tanks that walk instead of roll - think of steampunk versions of the Imperial Walkers from `Empire Strikes Back') and the Leviathan (a whale that serves as a living airplane) amongst other delights.
These two groups are natural enemies, but an alliance is formed from necessity between a group of `Clankers' - 15-year-old young prince-in-hiding Alek and his loyal band of men and `Darwinists' - 15-year-old Deryn/Dylan (who is masquerading as a boy soldier) and the British Air Service aboard the Leviathan.
Westerfeld has always had a nice touch with young girls as characters. Deryn is no different, she is spirited, spunky and endlessly resourceful, and yes, can be annoying at times with her over-achiever Type-A personality.Read more ›
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4.5 out of 5 stars! I so enjoyed reading this book! Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series is one of my all time favorite series so of course I have to read more by him. Read morePublished 10 days ago by AshTrue
This is one of many young adult Steampunk novels, and my young adulthood was awhile ago, but I still really like the series and have given copies to actual young adults who seem to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ralph
This Steampunk Science Fiction novel is a great start to a wonderful trilogy. Don't let the page count intimidate you, the text is a breeze of a read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kory
Super fascinating Steampunk Alternate Reality taking place during the first World War. I listened to this on audiobook, and the narrator did a fab job. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikki
If you love Steampunk and the twisted mind of Darwin, this series will definitely thrill you.Published 5 months ago by R.P. Blotzer
Couldn't put it down. Great for all ages. We read it aloud as a family. I loved that it followed the World War I timeline.Published 5 months ago by Ben Cannon
This certainly is an exciting novel. At first I thought it was somewhere along the lines of a Steampunk story but this goes more into the "Dieselpunk" given that it's set... Read morePublished 5 months ago by -