- Title: Leviathan
- Author: Scott Westerfeld
- Genre: Steampunk
- Length: 434 pages
- Copy: Courtesy of Oshkosh Public Library
- Aleksandar Ferdinand escapes a plot to murder him.
- Deryn Sharp, a girl, has tricked the British Air Service into enlisting her.
- The Great War is about to begin.
What makes it different
- Clankers or giant machines owned by Austro-Hungarians and German.
- British Darmwinsts fabricate animals from life threads for weapons.
- It’s not quite history, nor is it alternate future, but a great blending of both.
Why you should read it
- Westerfeld’s previous series, the Uglies, lends credibility to his ability to write on the line between sci-fi and straight out fiction.
- It’s a fun way to discover history. There’s just enough there to make you wonder what’s true and what borrowed.
- You’re tween or teen may be reading it too. Great conversation starters in here.
Why you shouldn’t read it
- It’s pretty light weight reading. Plan for it to take one or two days.
- The story is split between Deryn and Alek. The continuous flip flopping inevitably leads to them meeting but it is frustrating to switch.
- It’s my first steampunk novel. While I liked it, it could be trite to someone familiar with the genre.
- I’m going to add book two to the TBR list. I liked the first one and it’s something my 9yo may like in a year or two.