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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Leviathan


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.

My Review: I've been dying to read this ever since I accidentally discovered that Westerfeld was coming out with a new novel.  Believe me, it was worth the wait.  I practically read this in one day.  During school.  Despite what that says about my total obsessiveness, Leviathan is probably one of Westerfeld's best novels to date.  I literally could not put this book down. 

The whole alternate reality/world is so well thought out I would want to live in it.  Who wouldn't want to fly around in a zepplin/whale?!  The Darwinists and the Clankers are completely genius and it coincides so well with history.  Westerfeld took a small travesty that started WWI and turned it into a whole different world.  The characters are believable and good hearted.  However it seems that everyone has their own little secrets.  I don't want to give much away, so all I can say is GO BUY IT!     I'm already dying for the sequel. 

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