Monday, 15 February 2010

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld

This is an exciting adventure fantasy based on World War One about war between two types of people; one that uses machines and one that uses fabricated animals for everything.

For most of the story I couldn’t wait for the two main characters, which were on opposite sides, to meet. Twelve year old Alek, who was on the machine side and was the Arch Duke of Austria-Hungary, was taken away by his teachers to protect him when his parents were killed. Deryn was on the animals’ side and was pretending to be a boy so that she could join the air service. The Leviathan is a giant, flying, fabricated whale with guns on top (a war ship) which Deryn accidentally lands on.

It was really exciting when they finally met. The first three quarters of the story was serious but exciting, then after Alek and Deryn met it got much funnier. I really enjoyed the whole story but I liked the last quarter best. I found going backwards and forwards between two sides a bit confusing, and the story didn’t do this anymore when they were together.

I enjoyed this book so I think other children from aged 10 would also enjoy it.

Aged 10.
P.S. I’m going away for 6 months so I won’t be writing anymore reviews for a while!


L. Diane Wolfe said...

This book keeps appearing on book blogger sites, so must be a good read!

Adele said...

LDW not read it but I like the idea.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's YA, but would adults enjoy it as well?

Adele said...

Hmm, adults who have reviewed it have mostly enjoyed it, one of the boys (might have been nextread not sure) said it was Steam punk goodness.