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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (Aug. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971740
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Jonathan Eades on Feb. 26 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I think Scott Westerfield did a great job on making a true story with the edge of fantasy. I loved the way he used British terms for Deryn and Austrian terms for Alek. I can only find pros for the Leviathan and no cons.So far it is the BEST book I have read.
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The focus of the story is the coming of age of Aleksander Ferdinand, a Prince, and his interaction with a commoner called Deryn Sharp.

This all unfolds during a period of war and the young Prince it seems at times must wage war all on his own, with his band of soldiers.

The Steampunk genre is well represented with fantastical merging of animals and technology into the armaments of war. Along with swords and other devices attributes of war.

Profusely illustrated through out with line drawings the story evolves to the stunning conclusion which I can't tell you about. Read the book and find out for yourself you lazy bones !!

Definitely aimed at the YA audience this book is a quick read and, none the less, enjoyable to us older types as well.
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Format: Hardcover
I went into this book armed only with the knowledge that it had something to do with the steampunk genre ... and I'm so glad I gave it a chance! Leviathan is fun, and action-packed, and chock full of amusing slang that made me laugh every time I read it. Deryn is gutsy, and Alek is just plain awesome. The Darwinist beasties unnerved me at first, but the idea behind them is really cool, and now I'm totally on board with the whole giant floating whale airship thing. Five stars! Loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Aug. 12 2009
Format: Hardcover
LEVIATHAN is a novel of alternate history. More specifically, it can be classified as steampunk, which depending on what definition you read, is an extension of science fiction and fantasy. Westerfeld decides to reinvent the era of World War I in his latest novel. While he maintains some of the actual events of the war, he creates and alters many.

The story follows the lives of Deryn and Alek. Deryn is a young woman desperate to join the Air Men of the Darwinists Army (British Empire/France). With the help of her brother, she disguises herself as a boy and joins the fight. She has excellent Air Sense, which is a must for the Darwinists, since their main type of weaponry are flying airships made of living animals, with each animal in the ecosystem playing its part. The Leviathan is an airship made up of a countless number of animals - from the smallest microscopic animal to a giant whale that contains everything.

Alek's parents, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, have been assassinated, leaving Alek on the run for his life. The Austro-Hungarian Empire/Germany wants him dead in order to ensure the end of the bloodline to the throne. Alek's people are referred to as the Clankers because of the loud noises that come from their form of weaponry - swords, cannons, aeroplanes, and, most exciting, walkers. Picture a huge tank with legs instead of treads.

Both Deryn and Alek are dedicated to their causes, and when they are thrust into the same fight and forced to work together, both must take a look at the world around them and see things from the other's perspective.

The ending really leaves the reader hanging, and not necessarily in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 2 2010
Format: Hardcover
Leviathan is a novel of alternate history. Westerfeld reinvents the war to end all wars creating a world of mechanical weaponry vs genetically engineered living animals. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Princess Sophie have been assassinated and their son Alex, is forced to run away in a giant, two legged mechanical contraption during the middle of the night. Alex's father never listened when he was told he could not marry for love. An heir to an empire must marry for the good of the country. When Franz Ferdinand married Sophie he was forced to compromise, and accept the fact that any children would never be considered a legitimate heir. Alex grew up in a household, knowing nothing of his fathers would ever be his. His relatives wished he were never born. On the brink of war, Alex must fight for his life. The Austro-Hungarian empire wants to end the blood line to the throne. Alex, although not an heir is a threat. His tutors have become his guardians. Giving up their families, they have vowed to help Alex and abide by Franz Ferdinand wishes.

Along his journey Alex meets Deryn, a young girl posing as a male soldier in the British air service. All her life Deryn wanted to fly. Her father would take her up in an air ballon, she had excellent air sense. After her father dies, Deryn feels forced to be a proper lady. She always loved to fly, her only problem was girls were not allowed into the air service. With the help of her brother, Deryn disguises herself and is accepted into the service. Their worlds collide and an alliance is formed despite being on the opposite sides.

The characters were really great, I really enjoyed this novel. It was my first steampunk novel and I'm very excited to read the next one in the series. Westerfeld created a great original novel. I highly recommend it. The illustrations are amazing, it really helped create the world for me. Keith Thompson did an outstanding job!
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