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Behemoth

by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrator Keith Thompson

Simon Pulse | August 9, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Behemoth is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 7.
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan''s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971769

ISBN - 13: 9781416971764

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastical 2nd part of a trilogy Mini Book Review: I was surprised how much I enjoyed this 2nd book to the Leviathan trilogy. Behemoth has plenty of non stop action that kept me hooked. I am in awe of Westerfeld's creativity in describing such a fantastical steam-punk world, done is such a thoroughly believable way. As a mom I also appreciated the background history that he puts at the end of each story, really encourages the reader to do some reading into such a momentous time in history. As I mentioned in the review of Leviathan I loved Deryn/Dylan with all her feisty behavior and her delightful way of speaking. Strangely even-though I know the treatment of women is portrayed realistically I do still bristle when women are talked of in a condescending tone by some of the characters. Sorry can't help myself but I cannot wait until Alek figures out that Deryn is a girl - it will be so much fun. The artwork is outstanding even on this kobo edition, so I will also be purchasing a hard copy for Jake to read in a couple of years. I look forward to reading the final installment of the series. I would seriously recommend this as a class book to be read by the teacher and than discuss the real history with the students . I think it would be a fabulous and fun way to learn history. 4 Dewey's I have this on my Kobo and did not have to review it
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was quite exciting. Once I started I could not put this book down, as like the first in the series. It was a great sequel to the first book, and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. The illustrations in this book are great as well. They do help you imagine the world that is being created.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning! What I usually hear is that, in trilogies, the second book usually has the hardest time living up to expectations. This is because they have the hard job of bridging the first and the second book - that is, expanding on the first book while setting up for the finale. So this book didn't entirely escape those flaws, but damn, does it do an excellent job! it didn't just expand from the first book - it added an explosion of new things, building on the world's characters, politics, and values. The part where I feel that it falls short is that it didn't really seem to move the plot on - the characters kind of end up back where they started in terms of growth. This fault is really easy to forgive though. This book is just one big good time, and will be more than enough for any adventurer to enjoy.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful! This book was just absolutely brilliant and thrilling. Westerfeld brings creations unimaginable to life and putting a steampunk twist to World War 1. With the Allies as Darwinists, a force that uses genetically enchanced beasts as super weapons and the Axis as Clankers, a force that uses machines that walk and are loaded with guns to fight the action and supense in this book never seem to end. Westerfeld also puts his main characters in the most thrilling events ,a revolution in the Ottoman Empire , a daring escape and an encounter with the deadly Tesla cannon. Also, Westerfeld puts his characters mainly into the long forgottenempire of the ottomans and describes vividly how the residents are and how life for the charactyers are. i recommend this book for the ages of 10 and up. Well, what are you waiting for? Go and read Behemoth and the series while you can!
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fantastic and Fantastical Read! Westerfeld has created a very engading fantasy world inhabited by genetically engineered "beasties" and wonderously enhanced walking machines. I really look forward to reading more in this series.
Date published: 2010-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review You know when you start a series and read the first book was good but wasn't great and then you read the second book and it completely blows you away—Behemoth is that book for me. I liked this one way better than the first book. It was fast paced with lots of action. There was always something going on or some threat to the characters that many times had me on the edge of the seat. Both Alek and Deryn develop a lot over the course of this book. Deryn is getting more conflicted over her feelings towards Alek. She’s keeping a big secret from him while he’s revealed everything about himself to her. Also Alek only sees Deryn as a great friend while Deryn is hoping for more. Another thing that drew me to these two characters is how fearless they are. There were many instances where they’ve put their lives at risk and put themselves in a dangerous position but always manage to come out unscathed. I’m liking the secondary characters as well, especially Count Volger and Dr. Barlow. They always have plans of their own whether it’s for the interests of Britain or for Alek’s well being. Dr. Barlow has her precious eggs that have at last hatched. It turns out be a loveable creature that is instantly attached to Alek. It’s still not clear what their purpose is or what role they’ll have in the future. One thing for sure is that Dr. Barlow knows more about them than is letting on and is keeping mum about it. The book ended with a big revelation so I’m excited to find out what happens next. It also looks like the Leviathan is leaving Europe and heading east so I wonder what new kinds of machines and fabricated beasts we’ll see in the next book.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Fantastic Scott-la book What is it with Scott Westerfeld. He keeps surprising me. I never thought I would like this new series of his to be honest. It didn't seem like my thing. War and Ungodly darwinist creations. It didn't sound like the kind of books by scott that I love. Boy was I wrong. I loved Leviathan; maybe not as much as Uglies or Peeps but it was a good book. Now that I've read Behemoth this series is just so much better. I don't think I'll be able to wait a whole year to find out what happens next. When will Alek learn Dher secret? So many questions! Scott is an amazing author, and this book is a great read.
Date published: 2010-10-12

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Behemoth

by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrator Keith Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971769

ISBN - 13: 9781416971764

About the Book

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.

Read from the Book

ONE Alek raised his sword. “On guard, sir!” Deryn hefted her own weapon, studying Alek’s pose. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly. “Do I have to stand like that ?” she asked. “If you want to be a proper fencer, yes.” “A proper idiot, more like,” Deryn muttered, wishing again that her first lesson were someplace less public. A dozen crewmen were watching, along with a pair of curious hydrogen sniffers. But Mr. Rigby, the bosun, had forbidden swordplay inside the airship. She sighed, raised her saber, and tried to imitate Alek’s pose. It was a fine day on the Leviathan ’s topside, at least. The airship had left the Italian peninsula behind last night, and the flat sea stretched in all directions, the afternoon sun scattering diamonds across its surface. Seagulls wheeled overhead, carried by the cool ocean breeze. Best of all, there were no officers up here to remind Deryn that she was on duty. Two German ironclad warships were rumored to be skulking nearby, and Deryn was meant to be watching for signals from Midshipman Newkirk, who was dangling from a Huxley ascender two thousand feet above them. But she wasn’t really dawdling. Only two days before, Captain Hobbes had ordered her to keep an eye on Alek, to learn what she
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The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan''s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

About the Author

Scott Westerfeld was born in Dallas, Texas on May 5, 1963. He received a degree in philosophy from Vassar in 1985. Before becoming a full time writer, he held several jobs including factory worker, software designer, editor, and substitute teacher. His works for young adults include the Uglies series, the Midnighters series, and The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He also writes science fiction novels for adults. He has won numerous awards including a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award for Evolution's Darling, a Victorian Premier's Award for So Yesterday, and an Aurealis Award for The Secret Hour.

Keith Thompson was born in England but grew up in Canada. He works as an artist specializing in fantasy art and illustration. He has illustrated 2 books with young adult author Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth and Leviathan.

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