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by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Leviathan (1)

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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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    Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Maid_Marian)
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    His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (PghDragonMan)
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    Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: An alternate history taking place on the eve of World War I.
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    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (ahstrick)
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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (SheReads)
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    Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Maid_Marian)
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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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    Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (LAKobow)
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    The Firebird Mystery: A Steampunk Detective Novel by Darrell Pitt (lkernagh)
    lkernagh: Same style of fast paced, alternate reality adventure with air ships.
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    All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (LAKobow)
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    Dinotopia: The World Beneath by James Gurney (themulhern)
    themulhern: mechanical monsters fight biological monsters. Leviathan has the better story, by far, but Dinotopia has more illustrations.
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    The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (Aleana)
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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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    Worldshaker by Richard Harland (Maid_Marian)
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    Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both are alternate history with a bunch of Englishness thrown in. Larklight is set during the reign of Queen Victoria, Leviathan WWI.

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I would have a hard time recommending this book to a teenager that wasn't already interested in science fiction or alternate history adventure. They might not find their way past the issues I discuss below. But for a younger reader, or an older reader that is predisposed to this type of story, this is quite fun.

What works for me is the richly-built world, the well-rounded and differentiated characters, and the rousing adventure story. All these jump out from the very first page and don't quit until the end of the book. The different viewpoints on science, engineering, and politics came alive on every page.

Some things didn't work. The juvenile and repetative PG-rated swearing became tiresome after a while. The premise that a girl could pass for weeks and weeks as a boy in the closed in environment of an airship did not quite ring true. The young main characters tended to act quite a bit younger than their age, which seems the opposite of what would be typical for the time period when children would tend to grow up more quickly than they do now.

The biggest disappointment came in the final pages, where the story seemed to just end, rather than come to a satisfying conclusion. But I will be there for the next chapter, Behemoth. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
listened to about half of it... need to finish
  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
Adorably started, these children stole my heart right from the very start. Because I read all three of these novels in one week, they all kind of blur in my head. So I'm going to write them all one big review pretty much.

This series is promising to become one of top ten my favorite mini-series I would read in the early part of this year/all of 2012 (so far, as we area only 1/3 of the way in). I was captivated with how things happened, the slow reveal, how our characters learned things, how they handled ending up places, what was more important morality among people or loyalty to a cause.

The illustrations made my heart sore every time. I like that the children aren't super-people by the end, but still feeling their way through the world. I adore madly the Lady Boffin and The Count. I want to know ssssoo much more about the gifted pets, because you know they go, continuing to be awesome.

If you have not read this series (and I was already one of the late, late comers, with the series already completely when I found it), You Should Be Now. Go, go. Get copies. Giggle and love it. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 26, 2022 |
I was really excited about this book, but then I felt a little disappointed at first. About halfway through I put the book down for a couple of weeks, but I found that the story was stuck in my head and I needed to find out what happened. It's always a sign of a good book when the characters get stuck in your head like that. I think the story would have been more interesting at first if Scott Westerfeld had described the strange wold of CLankers and Darwinists more fully. I didn't realize until the end that this is the first book of the series, and I'm excited to read more about this bizarre world. ( )
  kamlibrarian | Dec 23, 2022 |
Like Marie Lu, Scott Westerfeld is an author who walks the line between middle grades and young adult. Each of his series, and there are many, including the Uglies, are accessible reads for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults alike. His effective storytelling and dynamic characters insures that one will never be bored when reading his books and they have great staying power – Uglies, published over 10 years ago, is still a staple in bookstores and on school reading lists.

But I wasn’t particularly intrigued by Uglies, I was much more intrigued by Westerfeld’s take on the start of World War I and his Darwinists and Clankers. The British Darwinists have woven together the “life-threads” of various animals to create everything from great flying whale ships to messenger lizards and many “beasties” inbetween. The German & Austrohungarians have crafted mechanical machines, referred to as “clankers.” Main characters Alek and Deryn are often trying to one-up each other in terms of determining which are better, beasties or clankers. Steampunk definitely suits Westerfeld’s storytelling style.

Leviathan, told in third person but in alternating perspectives between Deryn (Dylan) and Alek, weaves together a complex tapestry of the motivations behind the start of World War I, blending fact and fiction until you have to forcibly remind yourself that the British didn’t set off across the continent in a giant whale zeppelin. As with Legend, Leviathan is the perfect book for both boys and girls of all ages, especially for teenagers who love a good adventure that doesn’t center on romance. ( )
  smorton11 | Oct 29, 2022 |
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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
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helweg, AndreasTranslatorsecondary 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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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.

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0670073032, 0143206087


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