Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 6th, 2009
Series: Leviathan #1
Genres: Alternate History, Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
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.
Every now and then I don’t feel like writing a normal review. I want to express my thoughts in a light and fun way with plenty of gifs. Lo and behold the ransom review was born. These were originally for my pirate themed review blog but came over with me when I joined Readers in Wonderland. They now pop up every now and then when I’m bored/too lazy to write my usual reviews.
Want to know what all the headings mean? This post might be helpful.
Major Selling Points
Steampunk Alternate History
WWI alternate history in particular. Need I say more.
Both main characters have to keep their true idenitty hidden, which adds to the conflicts of the plot. Deryn pretends to be Dylan so she can fight in the British army (she’s also underage). Alek is trying not to be recognised as the son of the Prince. One of them does a much more convincing job than the other, which isn’t all that surprising.
When I last “read” this book back in high school I basically flicked through and looked at the pictures (which are awesome btw). I don’t know why I couldn’t get into it then because this time round I could barely put it down. Plot starts moving in the first chapter and continues steadily throughout. I think my main frustration was that the main characters didn’t start interacting until halfway. There aren’t many “OMG DID NOT SEE” twists but plenty of action and exciting events to keep me entertained.
LEVIATHAN is told in (more or less) alternating third person chapters between Alek and Deryn’s scenes, whose storylines entwine around half way through. The writing didn’t stand out as amazing to me, mostly it just felt like typical historical writing which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some of the Clanker and Darwanist lingo took a bit of getting used to, then there was Deryn’s special own kind of slang. Which just made me realise there was a slight different between the way Deryn and Alek’s scenes were written to reflect their different upbringings.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER ALERT! I loved Deryn. She’s not only highly entertaining and hilarious, but an extremely dedicated and hard worker. Cannot wait to see how she grows and develops over the series. Hopefully she keeps beating the boys at their game.
Poor Alek has had it a bit rough. Losing all his family and everything. I admire the fact that he can keep pushing on, showing compassion and everything. He’s showing the signs of being a great leader and I hope he keeps developing that way. Also I hope some good things happen to him soon. Boy deserves some happiness.
This lady is bloody awesome! A woman and one of the leading Darwinists of the time. She’s very very smart, observant, and cunning.
There is no romance… yet. You can bet I ship Alek and Deryn hard though. I hope there’s development within the next too books. It will be so interesting, especially with the whole Deryn-pretending-to-be-Dylan element. The romance and tension is 90% of the reason I love the girl disguised as boy trope haha. As long as it doesn’t take over the character’s lives and motivations I will be happy.
- the Leviathan (haaaaaaaaaaaa)
- Alek x Deryn
- Deryn x beasties
- Alek x a quiet, easy life