Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: May 27th 2010
Series: Leviathan #1
Genres: General, Steampunk, Young Adult
The year is 1914 and Europe, armed with futuristic machines and biotechnology, is on the precipice of war. Prince Aleksandar is fleeing for his life, having discovered that his parents have been assassinated and he is now a target for the Clanker Powers, a group determined to take over the globe with their mechanical machinery. When he meets Deryn Sharpe, an orphan girl who has disguised herself as a boy so she can to join the British Air Service, they form an uneasy, but necessary, alliance. But the pair will soon discover that their emerging friendship will dramatically change their lives - and the entire course of the Great World War...
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LEVIATHAN is probably the hardest novel I’ve had to review so far. This is because it is so completely different from anything I have ever read, it is a completely originally story that is based in 1914 and tells an alternate history of WWI where the feuding powers are Clankers (mechanical) and Darwinists (fabricated animals). Sound familiar? Exactly. There’s nothing like it.
Before you go running off after reading the words “alternate history,” let me tell you something. How to put this nicely… I hate non-fiction. I would rather read the Twilight series until my eyes started to glaze over. Hope that wasn’t too blunt. Anyway what I’m saying is this book is great for what it is. If you hate non-fiction as much as I do, or even more, do not second guess yourself on picking this up! I gave it five stars and I don’t dish those out easily.
This is something new I decided to do because if you are anything like me you just want a simple “Should I read it or not, and why?” This is what the Quick Bit is.
If you are a fan of Westerfeld’s other novels for just the plot, I might suggest avoiding LEVIATHAN because in this comparison, this book is drastically different. If you are a fan of his other novels because you love his writing, world-building, and character development, you will probably love this book.
As I have not read many steampunk novels I have no other recommendation to offer you that it like the LEVIATHAN. You shouldn’t even want an alternative-this book is great!