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Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrator Keith Thompson

Simon Pulse | August 10, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Leviathan is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure….One that will change both their lives forever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: August 10, 2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971742

ISBN - 13: 9781416971740

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Steampunk Adventure As with almost any book I choose, I chose this one because of the amazing cover art. I was surprised when I found that this story is steampunk. This book is highly addictive, and I could not put this book down. There are quite a few characters within the series, which could be difficult for some to keep track of. The humour in this book is great, I found myself laughing quite a few times. Even though this book was written for a younger audience, do not be fooled by that. This is a great story for all ages.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld -- While Alek is forced to become a fugitive in his own country because of his parent’s assassination, Deryn is perfecting the art of being a boy – so she can join the Air Service and become a Middie just like she’s dreamed of since she was a little girl. The countries around them are on the brink of war, and they come from opposite worlds. One full of heavy machinery and Clankers, and the other tied into fabricated beasts full of hydrogen and life; but somehow they manage to end up on the same ship. Forced to work together to escape from the German’s Alek and Deryn make enemies turn to allies: On the great airbeast Levaithan. -- I didn’t know what this book was even about at all when I bought it. I wanted to read it because I loved Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, and even though this book has a completely different writing style and is different than Uglies in so many ways, I enjoyed it just as much. I have to say though, if I didn’t know the author of this book and you wanted me to guess I would have never guessed Westerfeld at all. Even though I think this book was meant for a younger teen audience, I still really enjoyed it. I loved the moments between Alek and Deryn, it was really predictable that she would end up liking him, but it only happened at the end of the book so now I have to read Behemoth or whatever the hell it’s called!!! Another thing I really liked, and will always like about Westerfeld’s books is the vast amount of originality. I mean, his novel ideas are always brilliant. I wish I could step into his mind and just take a nice tour of his ideas and thoughts. That would be very nice. I’m going to have to give this one a nice big 4. Check out his website http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/ The third book in this series is already being somewhat released. Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE it!! Again and again, Scott Westerfeld has proved to be a great author. The obvious research and time put into this book really shows. Each character is unique and memorable, and thankfully, the book lacks the presence of "cookie-cutter" characters. A lot of thought has been put into the setting of the world, from its history, to its politics, to its advancements in science. The book is paced well and written with great style. This book will sweep you away with the richness of its world and the people who inhabit it.
Date published: 2010-09-10

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Leviathan

Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrator Keith Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: August 10, 2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971742

ISBN - 13: 9781416971740

About the Book

On the eve of World War I, the machine-loving Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their big steam-powered Clankers. Inspired by Darwin, the British have fabricated animals into warships. Illustrations.

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Leviathan ONE The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised. Behind them two ranks of diesel-powered walking machines stood ready to fire, cannon aimed over the heads of the cavalry. A zeppelin scouted no-man’s-land at the center of the battlefield, its metal skin sparkling. The French and British infantry crouched behind their fortifications—a letter opener, an ink jar, and a line of fountain pens—knowing they stood no chance against the might of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But a row of Darwinist monsters loomed behind them, ready to devour any who dared retreat. The attack had almost begun when Prince Aleksandar thought he heard someone outside his door… . He took a guilty step toward his bed—then froze in place, listening hard. Trees stirred in a soft breeze outside, but otherwise the night was silent. Mother and Father were in Sarajevo, after all. The servants wouldn’t dare disturb his sleep. Alek turned back to his desk and began to move the cavalry forward, grinning as the battle neared its climax. The Austrian walkers had completed their bombardment, and it was time for the tin horses to finish off the woefully outnumbered French. It had taken all night to set up the attack, using an imperial tactics manual borrowed from Father’s study. It seemed only fair that Alek have some fun while his parents were off watching military maneuvers. He’d begged to be taken along, to see the mustered ranks of soldiers stridi
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From the Publisher

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure….One that will change both their lives forever.

About the Author

Keith Thompson is English but grew up in Canada. He works as an artist specializing in fantasy art and illustration. Keith has illustrated 2 books with young adult author Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth (Oct 2010) and Leviathan (Oct 2009).

Appropriate for ages: 12