LeviathanBook - 2009
Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl 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 the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's 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.
From Library Staff
LPL_TeenZone Nov 21, 2017
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... Read More »
From the critics
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Mr_Bigfoot thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
SB2000 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
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" 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."
"We can conclude, Count Volger, that discussing politics while fencing is idiotic."- Alek after fencing practice with Volger.
"Do you love him?"
Deryn swallowed, then pointed at the screen. "He makes me feel like that. Like flying."
"And a special thanks for not burning up the whole ship. Including yourself, you daft bum-rag."
"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
Oh, I'm always leaving my watch on the tennis courts.
(Alek rolls his eyes)
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??!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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!)
Other: No, it is not a stupid book. It is amazing and well imagined, with great characters and a cool plot.
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?
SummaryAdd a Summary
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.
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...