Thursday, February 19, 2015

TBT: Leviathan


This is another one where I read it relatively recently, but just long enough ago that I didn't have my blog yet. 


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is a steampunk novel set during WWII. I loved it. Here's my review from Goodreads.

Scott Westerfeld manages to create an alternate history which makes sense. He fabricates a reality where gene splicing has become very common by the beginning of the 20th Century. Because of this, half of the world calls themselves Darwinists, people who live their lives surrounded by creatures made by combining gene traits. On the other half of the world are those who prefer machinery. Complex machinery has also become common place (although not to the extent of computers, more along the lines of giant, oil-based monsters in a steam punk way.)

Leviathan follows two young adults who have managed to find themselves at the center of what will become the War to End all Wars. World War 1 wasn't averted by the changes in history, but it was altered slightly. The Archduke now has a son who was left alive by simply not going with his mother and father. Aleksander is one of the main characters. The other is Dylan or Derryn as is her real name, but she pretends to be a boy to get into the Aeronautical Navy of Britain. 

I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

And I did read the sequel (Behemoth), although I apparently never wrote a Goodreads review of it. But I never finished the series. So here's another one where I'll have to reread the first couple to finish off the series.

I rated it...



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