Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (review by Cynthia H. ’16)

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set in an alternate universe World War I where Clankers and Darwinists battle it out using giant walking machines and fabricated creatures, respectively, Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s orphaned son Alek must flee Austria-Hungary, with both Germans and Darwinists on his trail. On the other side of the continent, Deryn Sharp, a Scottish girl who longs to fly on the airship Leviathan, disguises herself as a boy and enlists in the British Royal Air Service. When the Leviathan crash-lands near Alek’s hideout in the mountains of Switzerland, Alek and Deryn are forced to work together to save themselves and their crews. Leviathan is an amazing start to the eponymous trilogy, with ample character development for both protagonists, a plot that interweaves fantastical elements and historical events, and intricate illustrations by Keith Thompson. Fans of historical fiction and steampunk will be delighted by the incredible, epic world of Leviathan. – Cynthia H. ’16

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