Book of the Week: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld


Title: Leviathan

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Steampunk

Stars: 5 out of 5

Blurb: 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.

Thoughts: I've always been a fan of clunky machines and interesting animals, so Leviathan was right up my ally. The whole concept of this book intrigued me. I've never read a book like this one before.

I loved how this book was written from two different points of view. It was cool how you could see the differences in the way Alek and Deryn saw the world. There was nothing similar about these characters, yet together they told the story perfectly.

Out of all of history, the time periods I've studied the most are the World Wars. I was excited to find out that this book was based on World War 1. It's interesting to see what would have happened it Beasties and Clanker machines existed.

Have you read Leviathan? What did you think of it? Do you have my suggestions as to what I should read next?

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  1. Oh I want to read this one..... there are way too many books I want to read..... and way to many I don't have.... and way to many I do have and still have not read.....

    1. I'm the same! I've a massive reading list and for every book I read, two more are added.

  2. Sophie,
    I sent you an email via your contact page on google forms. Just thought I'd let you know. :)