Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
They were afraid of fabricated species, and worshipped their mechanical engines. Did they think their mob of walking contraptions and buzzing aeroplanes could stand against the Darwinist might of Russia, France, and Britain? p.115I bought this book when it first came out and then never got around to reading it. Finally I decided I really needed to otherwise it would be a waste. Man, I wish I'd read it sooner. It was so good! I like steampunk in general but don't read a lot of it and I love the alternate history world Westerfeld created. The idea of machines versus engineered animals was so interesting and a little horrifying, honestly.
Told in alternating voices between Alek and Deryn, Leviathan shows both sides of the beginning of the war. I like how he took the historical events of WWI and changed them to suit the story's need. Brilliantly done! I liked both Aleck and Deryn and thought they were great, strong characters.
And, of course, the illustrations are freaking amazing. This book was worth reading for them alone. The map on the inside cover and all the drawings were so beautiful. Keith Thompson is a wonderful illustrator. I really can't wait for Behemoth. And I will really and truly read it right away.
And if you've never seen the trailer, it is one of the best I have ever seen.
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