Review: LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan (Leviathan #1) 
Scott Westerfeld
434 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 10th, 2010
Source: Paperback from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, 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 World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

It’s the 1914 and war is coming. The whole world is split in to two groups, Darwinist and Clanker. The empire of the Darwinists is made up of Britain, France, and Russia. Their army is made up of fabricated beasts, which are considered godless by the Clankers. The empire of the Clankers is made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Serbia. Their army is made up of mechanical beings, which are considered stupid and clumsy, compared to the Darwinist beasties.

Alek is the prince and heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and gets booted of the throne. On the run from his own people who want to end his life, he has only a small band of men.

Deryn is a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Navy. She must fight for her cause and protect her secret at all costs.

They are both thrown together on the mighty air ship, the Leviathan. Although the two fight side by side, their worlds are far apart. British fabricated beasts versus German steam powered war machines. Alek and Deryn are enemies with everything to lose yet somehow destined to be together.

I have to admit that at first I didn’t even knew who Scott Westerfield is. My older sister almost had a heart attack, and handed me Leviathan. At first I was like, you want me to read this instead of watch the Mavs win the NBA championship?! But the summary seemed good so I decided to gave it a try and see why everyone liked it so much. Now, I can’t wait to read Behemoth, the second book in the series.

Mr. Westerfield is really good and sure knows how to captivate his readers. If this review doesn’t convince you about what a good book Leviathan is, well then my next sentence will. Leviathan is a New York Times bestseller, which makes Mr. Westerfield a bestselling author. The book was awesome in every single way and I loved it. The slightest thing that bothered me was that it was a bit confusing at times, but other that it was excellent. Since it’s a perfect read for everyone of all ages, I’ll give Leviathan 5 stars.

This review was written by my 12 year old brother, Calidude.

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    July 14, 2011

    Pssst. It's 1914, not the 1800s.

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    July 14, 2011

    Great review! I love Scott Westerfeld and really enjoyed LEVIATHAN (I haven't read the next one–or two–in the series yet but they're on my list)! Hope you'll check out more by him. UGLIES was really good, too.
    Happy reading,
    Mary @ Book Swarm

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    July 16, 2011

    Girl! Just to make your brother jealous, you need to tell him that I just finished BEHEMOTH (which was AWESOME!) and that I have GOLIATH, the third book, on my Nook. (Got it from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab).

    I started reading it at lunch today and almost made myself late for work! Haha.

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    August 8, 2011

    great book…

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    December 1, 2011

    I absolutely LOVED this series. So phenonmenal. Every single book, and page and drawing. So worth the read. My favorite was the last one.

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    Laurie C

    January 17, 2012

    I listened to Leviathan on audio, and have the other two lined up for future listening. Loved the way your brother did his review!