It is the cusp of World War 1, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.
Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned against him. All he has is a small, loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Services. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With the Great War brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...
Launching a planned four-book series, Westerfeld (the Uglies series) explores an alternate 1914 divided between Darwinists, who advocate advanced biotechnology, and Clankers, masters of retrofuturistic mechanical engineering. Austria-Hungary's Prince Aleksandar is whisked away into the night by trusted advisers; he soon learns that his parents, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Countess Sophie, have been murdered and that he has been targeted by prowar Germans. Half a continent away, Deryn Sharp successfully passes as a young man to join the British Air Service; her bravery during a catastrophic first flight aboard a genetically enhanced jellyfish ("The creatures' fishy guts could survive almost any fall, but their human passengers were rarely so lucky") earns Deryn a post on the living airship Leviathan. The fortunes of war lead Aleksandar and Deryn to the Swiss Alps, where they must cooperate or face destruction at the hands of the Germans. The protagonists' stories are equally gripping and keep the story moving, and Thompson's detail-rich panels bring Westerfeld's unusual creations to life. The author's fully realized world has an inventive lexicon to match readers will be eager for the sequels. Ages 12 up.
The best book of all time, everyone I know who has read it loves it! Beautifully written and the detailed drawings bind it together so well. The trilogy never even begins to become the tiniest bit boring. If you haven't read it read it, and if you have read it... Read it again!
This is an incredibly exciting action packed novel. I love Scott Westerfeld's books but Leviathan is by far the best. I could never put this book down! Always so thrilling and so mysterious in ways. New creations that I've never imagined and still the hint of romance. Secrets are shared and some kept hidden but the development of each character is incredible and makes my job as the reader so much more enjoyable and allows my imagination to run wild. Once I finished this book I was so desperate to get Behemoth! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! If an alien landed on earth and I had to describe this book to it, I would tell it how thrilling this book is, with new creations that no book has in it. It's not a copy but a brand new idea. It is such an adventurous tale and I would be surprised if I met someone that dislikes this book. So creative and the book ends on a cliff hanger where you are desperate to find out what's up next! I wish to be author one day and Scott Westerfeld inspires me in each and every book I read.
I've read it twice and have really enjoyed it!!