Review: Goliath

November 27, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★½

Review: Goliath
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 576
Release Date: August 21st 2012
Series: Leviathan #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Steampunk, Young Adult
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The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.     The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: Secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is as it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
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Riveting conclusion, indeed. I’ll try not to put any spoilers from GOLIATH in this, at least not without warning you. I wish I had taken notes because there were some things I remembered I wanted to point out… I’ll probably start taking them. (Doubt it.) Anyway, I can’t believe these aren’t more widely read!

During my short read of GOLIATH, (I say short because the pages just flew by-all five hundred of them. Seriously.) I amused myself by going around to friends and family and misleading them by saying how light the book was only to hand it to them and have them totally drop it. This thing is heavy! Better off reading it on your eReaders if that bothers you. It didn’t for me because I found ways to make this entertainment. But that’s beside the point. To the review!
When I first started this I was glad that I could finally close up this series, not because I didn’t like it but because I needed the resolution with the characters, they had been through so much. But now I just want to read more! I don’t care if it is a book about Alek and Deryn watching paint dry-I wanna read it!
Emotionally invested you say?
Quite.
Anyway, I just love everything about this. Every other line could be written upside down and I would probably still like it. Even before the story begins, the dedication Westerfeld makes me squeal: “To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last.”
Hey, that’s me! ME! I LOVE LONG SECRET ROMANCES REVEALED AT LAST!
And thus nothing could ruin the story from here on out. What can I say? I’ve been waiting for this for almost a thousand pages.
The story has plenty of life just from Westerfeld’s writing but combine that with the magnificent illustrations, you have a miraculous gem of literature. They have spoiled me, I was reading THE IRON KNIGHT and it was describing a certain creature and I swear I turned the page, expecting there to be an illustration to help me visualize it.
The ending was so, so perfect. Everything was tied up so nicely, no real plot holes. Just open-ended enough for you to imagine the future. Even Volger got a happy ending-at least in my imaginative mind. It has something to do with Dr. Barlow, hint hint. Also Alek’s way of saving Deryn’s secret! Their relationship may have taken a while to progress but it was worth every agonizing (for me and Deryn, at least!) secret meeting and moment they had together with Alek not knowing her gender. And that’s all I am going to say about that, go read it yourself!
This book and its predecessors have taken a permanent spot on my favorites shelf.
Well done.
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Overall: 4.5

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