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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan (edition 2010)

by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)

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Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Other authors:Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
Info:Simon Pulse (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:teen fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction, steampunk, World War I, Austria-Hungary, Hapsburgs, Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassination, Darwinists, Clankers, machines, war, enemy friendships

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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    lkernagh: Same style of fast paced, alternate reality adventure with air ships.
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    Black Powder War by Naomi Novik (PghDragonMan)
    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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Meh. I liked it okay, but it never grabbed me, and I don't feel a pressing need to know what happens in the rest of the series. Also, slightly annoyed at Deryn's need to 'curse' 'adorably' every other line. Also, even more annoyed that, of course, she's falling for the other main character. Doesn't seem at all necessary. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 21, 2017 |
Alan Cumming should narrate all audiobooks. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Leviathan is an alternate history following the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand that started the First World War. But in this alternate history, England has developed genetically engineered animals, some of which are used for war purposes, such as the huge Leviathan, which is a sort of living zeppelin. Germany, on the other hand, has pursued a mechanistic path and built it's war machinery out of... well, machines. In this story, 15 year old Deryn Sharp disguises herself as a boy and winds up serving on the Leviathan. Prince Aleksander, son of Franz Ferdinand, is on the run and the two wind up together, trying to escape the Germans.

I've never been much of a fan of sci-fi or fantasy novels - they require a stretch of the imagination that I guess I just don't have or don't exercise enough - but I actually enjoyed this book. It's a little hard to get used to the lingo of the book - mostly as it relates to the alternate world and its creatures - but I also grew tired of hearing "barking spiders!" and "blisters!" and "bum rag" - just a few of the very frequently used words and phrases. Also, I probably should have read the book instead of listening to it as I'm told the physical book has illustrations. I liked it enough that I'll likely read the 2nd book. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 23, 2016 |
I was really looking forward to this, but I ended up thinking it was kind of a mess. It felt like a really, really, really long first chapter in a way--all setup and no payoff--and Alek and Deryn were such stock characters. The world-building was interesting, but not so interesting that I'll pick up volume 2. I've read Uglies, so I know that Westerfeld can do better. ( )
1 vote gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
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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 editionscalculated
Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0670073032, 0143206087

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