Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Title: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
How it was obtained: Library.
Time spent on the "to read" shelf: 1 ½ weeks.
Days spent reading it: 3 days.
Why I read it: The cover looked cool and it kept getting recommended to me in my amazon searches.
Brief review: Leviathan is set during World War I with a few significant changes. Genetically altered animals serve as the backbone of the British Empire, and mechanical war machines for the German army. This is a futuristic novel written about the past. The story follows two individuals: Alex (the son of the assassinated Archduke of Austria) and Deryn (a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join the air force). The plot kept moving, the characters were interesting, the creativity was flowing. We follow their adventures as these two characters attempt to find safety from their pursuers and eventually join forces. My only gripe is that this was just the first installment of a trilogy and I thought it was a stand alone. But really this is not a bad thing, the story was interesting enough that I would follow a trilogy (I was a little less excited about the possibility of a longer series).
This is a fun introduction to the steam-punk genre if you have never experienced it before. Steam-punk usually involves a story set in the Victorian era and then adds crazy elements from the future back into the era. Like giant mechanical war machines, or flying whale-like airships.
Leviathan was a fun novel, worth the quick read. I would highly recommend to young adults and people who like (or would like to be introduced to) steam-punk.
Favorite quote: "What the Clankers lack in finesse they make up for with blanket ruination."
Stars: 4 out of 5.
Final Word: Beastly.