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Author:  Scott Westerfeld

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl 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 the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure.

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Jun 27,2013
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It's World War I and Europe is preparing for a war of colossal size.The Austro-hungarians and germans have mechanical machines that are fast, agile and were built for killing, whereas the British have fabricated animals as the weaponry. As the two sides battle it out, Aleksandar Ferdinand, the prince of austro-Hungarian empire, tries to escape from Austria to make it to a safe haven in Switzerland in a machine called a walker. However, one girl named Deryn is trying to join the British army, as she believes that she has what it takes.But girls aren't allowed to join. However when a storm interferes with a training procedure, she and an air beast get sweep away. Fortunately the british engineered a large beast called the leviathan that had the ability to save them. While Deryn was getting rescued, Alek tried to find cover from the giant mechanical beasts that were roaming looking for him, in a barn house. However when they went to get supplies they must fled, as German forces found him. While this happened, the large air ship that had rescued Deryn, stopped near London to collect a boffin and a mysterious package and continued it's journey. During this event, Alek and his crew made it to the border of Switzerland were a giant machine stood, and only at night did they make it past and reach the safe house. However it wasn't long before the leviathan came past and crashed into the ground due to a battle. Alek went o help bout they captured him and asked for resources. But the german's came back to finish what they started and tried to destroy the leviathan, but they fought them off and used the walkers engines to lift them off. They then continued their flight to Constantinople,to deliver the eggs.

Adam H7A

Aug 22,2011
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If you haven't read this book, and you're a fan of the fantasy genre and steampunk I highly recommend you read it :-).
I liked the fact that the author reconstructed the whole of Europe. And that she embdded the whole steampunk feeling to the war days. I've always had taken a liking to steampunk, but I admire the way Scott Westerfeld brings the two characters together, it really kind of brings secure feeling and placement within the story-line.

Apr 08,2011

this book is unique in many ways. it combines world war one facts, with modern day imaginitive fiction.

This is one of those books were u might be skeptical at first, but when you read it, you wont want to put it down. i read this book in 2 days, i was enraptured! you can relate to the characters because of the hardships they face throughout the novel.

i always thought the leviathan was a metal airship, i was severly wrong. its made of hundreds of invented animals!!! weird right. but thats one of the features that makes leviathan special. if u like adventure and thrills, this is the book for you.

Mar 28,2011

i thought that this book was mildly thrilling and i fell asleep halfway through


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