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Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Leviathan (1)

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    PghDragonMan: An alternate history taking place on the eve of World War I.
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    Bloody Jack; Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L. A. Meyer (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: 'Both stories are about an adventurous and headstrong girl disguising herself as a boy for a chance to join the military. Jacky is trying to make a living for herself and escape poverty during the Napoleonic Wars and joins the Navy as a ship\'s boy in Bloody Jack. Deryn Sharp wants nothing more than to join the Royal Air Corps in Leviathan - a steampunk alternate history of WWI. Both books are packed full of adventure and spunky protagonists.… (more)
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    Dreadnought by Cherie Priest (SunnySD)
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    The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld (LAKobow)
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    Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (majkia)
    majkia: Another coming of age book, but granted, in a completely different environment. Still, both have strong central characters who grow, and change to the backdrop of war, and have a marked impact on their worlds.
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    PghDragonMan: Alternate histories of great military events tie these together.
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    The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (ShelfMonkey)
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I enjoyed this young YA steampunk novel -- lots of elements that I like: girls in disguise as boys, different cultures, alternate history, young people, lady scientists, likable characters, action and peril (but, not TOO much), imaginative and well-described details in world-building. I didn't LOVE it, to the extent that I needed to rush right out and pick up the sequels, but I enjoyed it, so I'll put the sequels in a queue, and I'll be very happy to pass this on to my 10-year-old acquaintances. ( )
  lquilter | Oct 14, 2014 |
Parts of this book were excellent, but one scene just dragged on and on and on and on... Like with his book [b:Uglies|24770|Uglies (Uglies, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255574770s/24770.jpg|2895388], the author has lots of amazing ideas but doesn't always seem to know quite what to do with them. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
A bit too fantastical for me, but the historical fiction meandering through all the fantasy hooked me enough to get the next part to see what happens. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Read all 3 in the series and loved all of it. Very Steampunk. ( )
  joyelett | Sep 18, 2014 |
Steampunk adventure that works. I'm deeply immersed in the series and am in love with Alan Cummings's narration.

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  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
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The novel is a study in opposites, of boy versus girl, working class versus aristocracy, British versus German, and its overlying thematic division of Darwinists and Clankers gives all of these a distinctive torque, while avoiding mapping neatly to any specific agenda. The novel’s concluding set piece features a grand, elegant and very satisfying hybridization that suggests that opposites can meet, collapse and mingle, and that this story has natural sequels, which I will undoubtedly read.
 
Westerfeld writes gripping, relentless coming-of-age novels that are equally enjoyable by boys and girls, adults and kids, and Leviathan is no exception. I'm looking forward to volume two -- and many more to come.
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Scott Westerfeldprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosamilia, MikeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yuen, Sammy, Jr.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised.
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His Majesty's London Zoo was squawking like a bag of budgies on fire.
No one could night-walk like him.
Having your parents die was exactly like the world exploding, like a war being declared.
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Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
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In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.… (more)

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