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Goliath by Scott Westerfield

Goliath (edition 2011)

by Scott Westerfield

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Authors:Scott Westerfield
Info:Simon & Schuster Canada (2011), Hardcover, 560 pages
Collections:Public Library, Read 2012, Completed, Read but unowned
Tags:YA, steampunk, last in series, WW II, New York, United States, Siberia, Germany, alliances, war, machines, beasties, creatures, heir, Tesla, weapon, romance, love, disguise, truth identity, lies, honesty, friendship, allies

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This is the first steam punk title I've read, so it took me A WHILE to wrap my mind around what was happening. But once it "clicked"--WOW! With issues ranging from gender identification to the ethicality of genetic engineering, this series is both entertaining and substantial. ( )
  CrystalAntoinette | Oct 16, 2014 |
The series grew on me as I continued to read through them. Alex and Deryn's attempts to reconcile, despite all odds, along with the details of W.W.I. unveiling, kept me reading to the very end. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
A decent end to this series.

The inclusion of Tesla and the other inventors was.. interesting. Not surprising because the book did have the whole Darwinism and Clanker divide along with a bit of steampunk elements - and who in history is touted as a technology genius forgotten by history? Tesla, of course.

The whole plotline about his machine was a little dumb though, especially the way it ended. You would think bluffs would not work as they do in books. But hey, what can I say.

I did appreciate the romance ending. No fuss, no drama. That's a good way to tie things up.

I still have the same complaints about the world and the politics as my review of the first book in this series.

This series is just okay. Nothing to scream about, but nothing really to hate either. I would recommend Airborn by Kenneth Oppel over this book. But still, it's okay. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
I think this was a great wrap up to the series. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |

Goliath is the perfect conclusion to the Leviathan trilogy, and a real delight for those of us who have stuck with it this long. It’s tightly-plotted, with some outstanding action sequences that really keep the pages turning. Although there is no clear-cut antagonist this time around either, the addition of the inventor Nikola Tesla to the plot is intriguing and the concept of the weapon Goliath impeccably builds upon similar weapons throughout the series. The author’s ability to demonstrate its horrific effects early on both ups the ante in terms of the stakes and helps maintain a tangible sense of suspense all the way to the end. The bureaucracy, messiness, and sometimes, inhumanity inherent to war is plausibly captured which is a great change from previous books.

The relationship between Alek and Deryn is just great. The conflict between them early in the book is complex enough to be interesting but never resorts to melodrama. And because it’s based on real shared experience as opposed to the superficiality and flightiness that’s endemic in YA novels, it feels earned and realistic.

One thing I was especially pleased with the much more measured treatment of death in Goliath, especially when compared to Behemoth. It’s refreshing to see the characters finally reacting more realistically to the horror of war. This obviously helps smooth out a lot of the character inconsistencies that were present in the previous book, making the characters more likeable than previously.

In spite of less description, the many locations Leviathan visits in Goliath are more fully-realized that Istanbul was in the preceding volume. They seem alternately exotic and familiar, but are always interesting and colorful and make excellent backdrops for the action taking place. The terrific monochromatic pencil illustrations really help the setting come to life and are detailed enough to give the reader a mental image of hard-to-imagine beasties and weapons.

The ending is bittersweet and unexpected, but ultimately satisfying and really proves that a seemingly small action – at least in comparison to the war as a whole – can really tip the scales.


The action sequences can lag somewhat because of over-description, and the plot still seems quite episodic. There are also parts of the book that suffer from a lack of a clear cut road forward.

Verdict: A very welcome return to form, Goliath brings more action, more heart, and more depth than previous books in the series, and is a brilliant close to adventures of Alek and Deryn abroad the Leviathan.
  readernoir | Aug 7, 2014 |
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Thompson, KeithIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosamilia, MikeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sammy Yuen, Jr.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love.

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