Leviathan

Leviathan

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, c2009.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416971740
1416971742
9781416971733
1416971734
Branch Call Number: YA WESTERFE
Characteristics: 440 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Keith 1982-

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Melynlas
Nov 29, 2016

I literally finished the three books in Leviathan in three days. The idea of machines vs animals is great, the characters where awesome and the plot was well made (not confusing and always changing like some other books I read). The description of some things were so well made that sometimes couldn't help but whisper a small "wow!" in awe. The only thing that would had made this serie perfect was if the battle scenes ( don't worry, it isn't really gory) was slightly clearer. Sometimes, i couldn't really follow what was going on. Anyways, I think these books are wonderful and you should definitely check them out!

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Maria_Wa
Jul 04, 2016

Scott Westerfeld hits us again with a gripping novel. This novel stars two different characters, both somewhat in hiding. I really enjoyed its slight humor and intense action scenes. I really recommend it.

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busy2016
Jun 05, 2016

This is set around WWI, but with a twist. The Austria/Hungary/Germany use technology for their defense, and Britain/France use "fabricated beasts" - Darwinian life chains to create new beasts to use instead of technology - Muscles and sinews replacing boilers and gears. Needless to say, one side despises the other for these reasons as well, and the two main characters (one from each side) slowly come to understand the other's view. It's a good read and interesting to see how well a picture is drawn of the viewpoint of both sides.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2016

This book is amazing! Scott Westerfeld does a great job of intertwining two lives that would never meet under normal circumstances. Set at the beginning of World War I in an alternate history, the world is divided into two factions: the Darwinists and the Clankers. Prince Aleksander lived in Austria-Hungary, and now is forced to run from his home, chased by traitors of his own country. Deryn Sharp has disguised herself as a boy to get into the royal air force. Their lives collide when the Leviathan, the greatest airship owned by Great Britain, crashes in Switzerland, almost on top of the ancient castle where Alek is hiding out in. The excitement doesn’t stop as their journeys continue together.
- @dragonflame of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

As an active reader and a student of history, this book takes me on an adventure like no other. Leviathan is all about an alternative history taking place during the first world war, and to most this would sound unamusing. However, what Scott Westerfeld does is create an enter world with a mix of steampunk and mutant monsters. And I must say, it is a great read. You get to follow two characters from different sides of this spectrum, taking place primarily upon an airship of sorts. The characters all have distinct personalities and motives which you can feel and associate with wanting to root for them and hopping they’ll achieve what they desire. And not to mention the fact that you know these characters secrets while none of the other characters have the slightest clue. Overall, this is a grand adventure and plenty of fun and a must read for anyone looking for a good adventure story
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Hybrid258
Mar 07, 2016

This book has all the things I love! Giant mechanical walking tanks in a steampunk era, genetically-modified animals, action, romance, and Nikola freaking Tesla!

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red_eagle_800
Feb 24, 2016

I LOVED this book. The combination of steampunky Clanker machines and genetically altered Darwinist animals really make it unique. It's an apt description of what might have happened if people had discovered genetic engineering (a science that we have still not been able to perfect) several centuries early. You would normally expect a plot like this to be set in the far future, but instead, it takes place right at the beginning of the First World War, which makes it all the better.

Oh, by the way, have you noticed that people actually put NOTICES on this book? Ridiculous.

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indigo_fox_109
Jan 03, 2016

this book shook my world. clean and gripping with amazing characters.loved it!!

calsrush Oct 07, 2015

Why are you reading this comment, when you could be reading this book?! GO GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!

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herlani3
Aug 31, 2015

This is the book that got me into wanting to read, in the first place. I enjoyed the Sci-Fi setting of both beasts and machines, and I also liked how it switched back and forth between two very different characters.

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Cecelia_Azlyn
Dec 29, 2014

This is a wonderful book.
The flow is flawless and the adventures is gripping. I want to bury myself in this wonderfully descriptive world, over and over and over again.
Anyone looking for an exciting adventure to drown in has found a perfect book here

Not a single book in this trilogy disappoints.

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JihadiConservative
Nov 20, 2012

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Pauliovirus
Jan 17, 2012

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 24, 2011

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Nov 13, 2011

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Melynlas
May 15, 2017

" barking machines!" Dylan exclaimed " Didn't I tell you? I've never seen a beastie that couldn't get up on it's own. Well, except a turtle. And one of my auntie's cats."

Alek raised an eyebrow " And I'm sure your auntie's cat would have survived that aerial bomb."

"You'd be surprised. He's quite fat."

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Hybrid258
Jun 28, 2016

"We can conclude, Count Volger, that discussing politics while fencing is idiotic."- Alek after fencing practice with Volger.

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TheresNo_Rush
Jun 22, 2014

"Do you love him?"
Deryn swallowed, then pointed at the screen. "He makes me feel like that. Like flying."

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TheresNo_Rush
Jun 22, 2014

"And a special thanks for not burning up the whole ship. Including yourself, you daft bum-rag."

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Blaziken749
Apr 10, 2013

"No, but have you Clankers ever made a train that can hunt for its own food, or heal itself, or reproduce?"~Dylan (Deryn,) page 273

52107amb Feb 28, 2013

But I fell. And it's about time too young master- Alek and Klopp

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Pauliovirus
Jan 17, 2012

Welcome abored the LEVIATHAN, Mr. Sharp. ~message lizard

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 25, 2011

Oi, beastie!

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 24, 2011

Oh, I'm always leaving my watch on the tennis courts.
~Deryn
(Alek rolls his eyes)

shelby11 May 04, 2011

"The question is: Do you oil your war machines, or do you feed them?"

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red_eagle_800
Feb 24, 2016

Other: This book is too awesome for readers to bear.

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red_eagle_800
Feb 24, 2016

Violence: This book mentions GUNS!! Which is obviously completely unacceptable, especially for a book about WWI! Soon all the kids in the world will be thinking about guns, and we don't want that to happen, do we?!?! DO WE??!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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red_eagle_800
Feb 24, 2016

Coarse Language: Warning: you will be permanently psychologically damaged by the cursewords in this book, such as: barking spiders(gasp!), clart (double gasp!), and ninny. (I fainted when I read that, I can't BELIEVE that the editors actually left that IN there!)

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dragonette
Aug 05, 2014

Other: No, it is not a stupid book. It is amazing and well imagined, with great characters and a cool plot.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Other: stupid book

52107amb Feb 28, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a lot of fighting in the book nothing to gorey or anything. But it's world war I what do you expect?

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 24, 2011

Coarse Language: Nothing too bad, just Deryn's articulate speech. Alek swears at moments.

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 24, 2011

Alek and "Dylan" Sharp are thrown together in a race to keep their secrets--one hiding his heritage, the other his --or is it her?-- gender.
Altogether a thrilling steampunk novel.

shelby11 May 04, 2011

Prince Aleksander is on the run from the germans. With his parents dead, he flees to a secret safe house in Switzerland.

Deryn Sharp is disguised as a boy named Dylan, so she can fly. When the ship she works on crashes on a Switzerland glacier, things don't look good. Until she meets a mysterious boy named Alek...

Alek is a clanker; Deryn is a darwinist. But when they work together, they might just be able to find a way off of the glacier.

A steampunk fantasy about World War one that never was...

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