Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld


byScott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson

Kobo ebook | October 6, 2009

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The first novel in a masterful trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld that School Library Journal hailed is "sure to become a classic."

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.
Title:LeviathanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416987061

ISBN - 13:9781416987062


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Umm, wow! So well written, a unique twist to a story so often told in history class. Well crafted and illustrated. I'm definitely hooked on this series!
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Steampunk for Middle School & YA Mini Book Review: Intriguing Steampunk novel for the middle school and YA reader. I struggled a little with the fantasy element as it is not my favorite genre, but still found myself enjoying the story and wanting to know more. The illustrations were spectacular (even on this Kobo edition) it actually made me go out and buy a copy for Jake so that he can read it in a year or two. The characters are likeable and well developed, especially Deryn, who I just adored. The storyline moves pretty quickly with plenty of action and some nice light humor. All in all I would definitely recommend it to the more mature middle school reader and the younger or more reluctant YA reader. Both boys and girls will enjoy as the story is told from both a male and female protagonists voice. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series which I think I will start to read on the way home. 3.5 Dewey's This is from my Kobo and was not asked to review
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read! I wasn't even finished reading Leviathan when I realized that I was going to have to go to the bookstore and get the second book in the series. That is always the mark of a good story when someone can't wait to keep going and I sincerely hope that the second book keeps the pace and interest up.
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Having read one other steampunk series before, Leviathan is my second foray into the world of steampunk. Scott Westerfeld has created an imaginative world with a combination of historical facts with futuristic and fantasy elements. The story begins with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and progresses through the summer of 1914. It’s the lead up to WWI and there are two sides forming: the Darwinists (Britain, France) and the Clankers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The story centers around two characters Alek and Deryn who are on opposing sides of the upcoming war. Alek is the son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who must flee his own country for his own safety and wait out the war. Deryn is an English girl whose dream is to be able to fly so she disguises herself as a boy in order to enter the British Air Service. One is royalty and the other is a commoner and both seemingly have nothing in common but are thrown together in the impending war. I love books with illustrations and I always take the time to look at them. The illustrations in this one made it easier to visualize the different Clanker machines and fabricated beasts and how everything would look like. I actually didn’t like the story as much as I thought I would. It has lots of action/battle scenes that made it exciting to read but I didn’t like all the talk of politics and strategy. There was lots of talk about why the Germans want to start a war and when the British would step in. It got repetitive and slowed the story down for me.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cool! This was my first time reading a novel by Scott Westerfeld and in venturing into the steampunk genre, and I was quite impressed! Westerfeld puts a new spin on history, envisioning an alternate 1914 Europe full of so much imagination and creativity that captures you right from the start. The whole time I was reading, learning with each page more and more about this world that is so similar yet different from ours, I kept thinking, "This is so cool!' Europe is on the brink of war when word spreads that Archduke Ferdinand and his wife have been assassinated. Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, manages to escape with a few loyal men in a Stormbreaker, a war machine, with the hope of making it to neutral Switzerland. The task won't be easy though. Germany, and even his own countrymen are after him, and they have a long road ahead of them before they can even think about crossing the border. Meanwhile, Deryn Sharp, a British commoner, dreams of joining the ranks of the British Air Service and flying. The problem? Deryn is a girl. Disguised as a boy and going by the name of Dylan, she can only hope that no one will learn her secret as she earns herself a spot on the whale-like airship, Leviathan. The beautiful illustrations that went along as you read helped me visualize the events exactly as they unfolded... if I hadn't had them, I'm afraid my mind wouldn't even be able to fathom the creatures and machines that made this story so great. The alternating viewpoints of Alek and Deryn were a pure joy to read. They're both brave, strong characters who can keeps their wits about them in dangerous situations, yet their backgrounds couldn't be more different. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about these two in Behemoth, the next book in the series, when it's released in October of this year! Leviathan will surely appeal to both boys and girls needing a novel full of adventure and excitement! You can also check out the review here: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/07/leviathan-by-scott-westerfeld.html
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like historical fiction you'll like Leviathan Scott Westerfeld has eloquently woven togehter historical events with his own fictional twist. At first apprehensive because i was disatisfied with Uglies, I became quite interested with the plot of Leviathan. If you like historical fiction you'll definately enjoy this.
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It will grow on you.... When I started reading this book I couldn't get over how much it reminded me of the Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel. A great series from a great Canadian Young Reader's author. The airship, the characters. I just kept coming back to Oppel's works. Maybe it was just the "steampunk" elements because Airborn and Leviathan are very different stories. Although I found it took a number of chapters to get into the story and get past my Airborn issues, I was very satisfied by the end. I will be buying Behemoth (the sequel) when it comes out (October 5, 2010) and I hope my satisfaction will grow as the story does.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok... Like the Uglies series, Scott Westerfield demonstrates that while he has the right creativity in producing interesting stories and characters... his execution is only mediocre. This wasn't a bad read but not a particularly good one either.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I've always found that Scott Westerfeld's books are completely enthralling, with unique ideas and plot twists that never fail to surprise me, and this book was no different. It tells the story of two quick-thinking teenagers, one an Austrio-Hungarian prince, the other a girl dressed as a boy working as a middie on the Darwinist airships, during an alternate version of WW1. They have some interesting and creative adventures. Scott Westerfeld used some pretty futuristic ideas in this book, but as usual he described them so well that they seemed real. There weren't any plot holes or anything else to detract from the story. And the illustrations were amazing too.
Date published: 2009-12-28
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