Leviathan

By Westerfeld, Scott

Publishers Summary:
It is the cusp of World War I, 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. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

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ISBN
978-1-41697-173-3
Publisher
Simon Pulse


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Library Journal

Reviewed on June 16, 2011

Westerfeld's book starts on the eve of World War I but then moves away from history and off into fiction. After the Arhduke's assassination, it's the Clankers, devotees of machines, and the Darwinists, followers of genetic development, who are set against each other in gl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

on onJune 16, 2011  |  Booksmack!

Westerfeld's book starts on the eve of World War I but then moves away from history and off into fiction. After the Arhduke's assassination, it's the Clankers, devotees of machines, and the Darwinists, followers of genetic development, who are set against each other in gl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 7-Up This is World War I as never seen before. The story begins the same: on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated, triggering a sequence of alliances that plunges the world into war. But that is where the similarity ends. This global conflict is between the Clankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of new species. After the assassination of his parents, Prince Aleksandar's people turn on him. Accom...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

The ever-popular Westerfeld opens his newest series with a mix of alternative history and steampunk (a science fiction subgenre that fuses futuristic and antiquated elements). As World War I breaks out, Prince Aleksandar and his advisers escape the enemies of his father, the assassinated Archduke, and flee to a remote estate in the Swiss Alps. Meanwhile, Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy, is on board t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Westerfeld's new series features a mix of alternative history and steampunk. As WWI breaks out, Prince Aleksandar and his...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 6, 2009

- This book takes steampunk to a new level, broadening the scope to add more global elements (a Darwinist army, genetically...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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