Edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie). Zombies Vs Unicorns isRead Review
A stolen throne. A secret mission. An epic adventure.
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now they are at war with the Clanker powers.
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies and brave hearts to face what's ahead.
I've read this book close to a dozen times. Yeah, it's that good. (I'm not exaggerating. In the year and a half I've owned it, I've read it every school holidays, and once during pretty much every term). This book made me fall in love with the world of the Leviathan trilogy, and made me discover how barking brilliant Scott Westerfeld's writing is.
After reading this book, I instantly ordered the next, and last :-(, book in the trilogy online, even though it wasn't out in Australia yet, and it would mean forgetting my kind-of-obsession with having books of one series all matching editions.
In Behemoth both Alek and Deryn are still aboard the Leviathan, the greatest airship in the world, and are travelling towards the Ottoman Empire, along with the mysterious cargo brought aboard by the lady boffin, Dr Barlow. Deryn continues to hide her true identity, and struggles with her growing feelings for the young prince. Alek, meanwhile, is faced with the dilemma of escaping the ship, as the Great War continues.
Behemoth is a incredibly clever, unique novel, that will draw you into Alek and Deryn's story, and leave you dreaming of a world full of action, humour, talking beasts and steam-powered elephants.