Leviathan

by Keith Thompson, Scott Westerfeld

Simon Pulse | October 6, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Leviathan is rated 4 out of 5 by 12.
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.

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Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416987061

ISBN - 13: 9781416987062

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!! Scott Westerfeld has yet to disappoint me with any of his books, each of his series' are unlike anything you've ever read; with wicked characters, insanely awesome plots, thrilling action along with a adventure that keeps you grasping his books until the very last word. Leviathan is NO exception...this book was so so so good! The whole idea and twist to World War I was so incredible, I loved it! There are the Germans, who have their Clankers; huge iron machines with loaded guns...And then there's the British Darwinists who fabricate animals, and use them as there weaponry. Throughout this book, You feel like you are living in their time...seeing the Clankers huge iron feet slamming into the ground sending shudders through your body, or feeling the fabricated animal's creepy presence, or looking at their monstrous bodies, and not daring to look in their eyes... The British Darwinists have the most masterful beast in the British fleet...The Leviathan. It is a huge whale airship fabricated with a whole bunch of different creatures...It roams the sky, leaving you spellbound as you look up at it. We follow two characters, switching back and forth from their perspective. Aleksandar Ferdinand, a prince, is on the run with a group of men in a Stormwalker, His people have turned on him and his title means nothing anymore. Then we have Deryn Sharp, a girl who is disguising as a boy...she is a brilliant airman, and this is her only way of entering the Service.. Deryn is now known as Dylan, and is dealing with the danger of being discovered. Alek and Deryn meet in the most unexpected way, now their adventure continues, both keeping a secret that could change their lives forever if discovered and battling in the war where Clankers roam the earth, while Leviathan roams the sky.. As soon as I started reading, I really couldn't put it down... Scott Westerfeld captures you with every page leaving you needing to know what happens next. Leviathan is a book that contains a whole new world that is completely awesome..Keith Thompson created AMAZING art for this book, bringing the story to life that much more. Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!! Can't wait to read the sequel and find out how Deryn and Alek's adventure continues!...
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like Flying It is 1914 when Alek's parents are killed, and when Deryn embarks, as a boy, to join the Navy - but the powers of the Clankers and the Darwinists are futuristic and absolutely breathtaking in their originality and fabrications. All characters, especially Deryn, are charismatic, and lovely to follow as we tumble headfirst into their lives.
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't wait for the sequel! I recently finished reading the Advanced Reader Copy of Leviathan that was sent to me, and I can't even think of a word to describe it. Maybe a few words then? Wonderful, interesting, exciting, and unique - those words kind of sum it up. Leviathan is a great read, to the point of making me actually want to learn more about the true history of World War I. I don't even know what to write, what else is there to say? I loved reading Leviathan. The characters in Leviathan really pulled me in - the way they evolve and change, and grow with their new experiences that are wrought under the implications of a possible war. I'll happily read Leviathan many more times - Leviathan isn't even out officially, and yet I can't stop thinking about what may happen in the sequel! In the Afterword, it is said the Leviathan is "much about possible futures as alternate pasts". I think that describes it quite nicely.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alternate History / Steampunk for kids! For readers 12 and up who want some fantastic elements to make their history more palatable, there's Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, coming out in October of this year. It's an alternative history steampunk, a sub-genre that is becoming very popular. The book begins with two characters in very different circumstances. One is a girl, dressing up a boy, in order to join the British airforce. The other, Alek, is an Austro-Hungarian prince who's just been orphaned. The death of his parents sparks a war (World War I) and that's when things get interesting. The book shows many different things. There's the ideological differences of nations (Germany & Austro-Hungary on one side, France, England and Russia on the other) and religious/technical differences (Darwinists vs 'Clankers' - those who use machines). The Darwinists have created creatures from the lifethreads of various animals to perform jobs that machines do in nations that consider such tinkering abominable. Scott Westerfeld does a great job of realizing the steampunk machines on one side of the war as well as the more interesting 'beasties' on the other. My only complaint here is that the description of the airship Leviathan isn't as detailed as I would have liked. It was hard for me to picture some of the aspects of the beast. Maybe a cross-section diagram of the ship would have helped in this respect. Speaking of diagrams, the gorgeous artwork throughout the book by Keith Thompson really brings the story to life. Seeing the beasties, the mechanical walker and the characters helps one better enter this world. Beyond that, the story was tight and fast paced, though I found Alek a little tiresome as the book wore on. He never seemed to learn from his mistakes - always acting first and thinking later. Which isn't out of character as he's only 15. As an adult I simply wanted him to smarten up a bit. Be prepared to wait for the sequal. This is a great beginning, explaining the background to the war, the people and all of the technologies involved. There's definitely more to come. And the coup de grace? Westerfeld has an afterward explaining the actual history vs his imagined one - so kids can have a fun story and learn what was true and what wasn't. And it's an interesting mix.
Date published: 2009-07-10

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Leviathan

by Keith Thompson, Scott Westerfeld

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416987061

ISBN - 13: 9781416987062

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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.