Jillian, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Jillian)
Wow, this book was fantastic I only wish there had been some warning that it was a series. The pages just kept flying by and there was so much story left. A must have for any book shelf no matter the readers age.
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Jonathan, November 17, 2009 (view all comments by Jonathan)
Fantastic book combining steampunk elements with alternate history and bizarre biological hybrids. Set at the start of World War I, Leviathan follows two very different young adults as they navigate through conspiracies and secrets. I can't believe I have to wait another year for the next book!
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Kim Griswell, October 12, 2009 (view all comments by Kim Griswell)
Hold onto your Huxley tentacles, mates, and let Westerfield take you up into the atmosphere where the air is thin but the writing is thrilling. After hearing the author speak at Portland, Oregon's Wordstock last weekend and seeing slides of the amazing black and white illustrations that adorn this YA novel, I couldn't resist picking up a copy and getting it signed. Westerfield has created an alternative WWI filled with "beasties" and "clankers" and two young heroes up to their bums in action. The only problem with this book is I can't stop reading long enough to get any work done.
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by Mary Z.,
Scott Westerfeld's newest novel takes a different direction altogether from his wildly popular Uglies series. Leviathan, set in a fictional period prior to WWII, is an excellent blend of fantasy, technology, and adventure, reminiscent of Kenneth Oppel's award-winning novel Airborn. The two main characters, Alek (a prince of Europe) and Deryn (a cross-dressing London commoner), give tangible form to a young view of politics, Europe, war, and great personal loss. Each teen joins the fighting, learning discipline and strategy without the customary adolescent explosion. Many mistakes are made, however, and lives lost — the consequences of which Alek and Deryn feel bitterly. Leviathan is a perfect holiday present for the 10- to 15-year-old.
by Mary Z.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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 12up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal (starred review),
"Enhanced by Thompson's intricate black-and-white illustrations, Westerfeld's brilliantly constructed imaginary world will capture readers from the first page. Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic."
by Kirkus Reviews (starred review),
"The setting begs comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Oppel and Naomi Novik, but this work will stand — or fly — on its own."
"Fans of Philip Reeves' Mortal Engines (2003) or Kenneth Oppel's Airborn (2004) will be right at home in Westerfeld's alternate reality."
A brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld!
On the eve of World War I, the machine-loving Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their big steam-powered Clankers. Inspired by Darwin, the British have fabricated animals into warships. Their mothership is called Leviathan, and she is a whale-dirigible. The first book in a brand-new trilogy by the author of the New York Times-bestselling Uglies series.
A fast-paced and richly textured historical fantasy, this prequel to The Boneshaker centers around the seedy underworld of Coney Island, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the two orphans who are determined to stop evil forces from claiming the city of New York.
A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milfordandrsquo;s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridgeandrsquo;s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before itandrsquo;s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
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