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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
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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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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 |
Deryn Shar- excuse me, Mr. Sharp is a midshipman on the Leviathan, a floating ecosystem that the Darwinians have created. Her- I'm so sorry I mean, his path intersects with Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Austria-Hungary throne. But plots and conspiracies are everywhere, even in their pasts. And that's where this book really takes off.

Originally picked this up because I wanted to read a girl-undercover-as-a-boy book (missing the old days with Alanna series, y'know?) and saw this one.

Pretty decent. The relationships are done well. I believed their friendship and easy way of talking to each other.

My biggest problem is with the world and the politics. I don't mind new worlds and political maneuverings. They're interesting. Except I thought Westerfeld did a poor job fully explaining the political maneuverings. You had to have a bit of a history background to fully understand the implications of each country's movements. As for the world, the summary claims it to be steampunk because it mixes a touch of strange new technology and chimera technology. (Clankers vs Darwinians). I thought it was interesting, but not very helpful. It didn't really add anything to the book except give it a new scene. The Leviathan ecosystem really could have just been a blimp without any trouble, the large walking Clanker machines could have just been tanks, etc. Except to insert it into this book, what was the point?

Anyways, decent book, decent series. Not really my taste or up to my standards. Reminds me of a YA Temeraine series with a couple less stars.

Two stars because it was okay. Not sure I would recommend it as a steampunk book. Would recommend if you're looking for a girl-undercover-as-boy type of book though. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |

It's 1414 and the Archduke has just been murdered, which will soon lead to The Great War. But his heir, Alec, is alive. He can't stay in his own country if he wants to survive, though. Far away, in London, a young girl disguises herself as a boy in hopes of entering the air-force. Of course this is a steampunk alternate history and so the air force uses gigantic genetically modified beasts to fly and Alec and his allies escape in a huge robot.

This is the first of a trilogy and you can really tell, it doesn't seem to have delivered on anything. This shouldn't be the case with an experienced author like Westerfeld, who's written really good trilogies and series (Uglies, Midnighters) before and made each book interesting on its own account and as part of the whole. Might give "Behemoth" a chance if I come across the audiobook.

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  Evalangui | Aug 22, 2014 |
A fun alternate-history. I also enjoyed the biology twist. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 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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Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosamilia, MikeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, KeithIllustratorsecondary 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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