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Leviathan Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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Two Imperial forces meet, one built with steam and the other built with DNA, producing rich, vivid descriptions of the technologies that divide a continent. The setting begs comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Oppel and Naomi Novik, but this work will stand -- or fly -- on its own.
--Starred Review in Kirkus Reviews, September 2009
About the Author
'YA's hippest author' Scott Westerfeld is the author of the hugely popular Uglies series. As well as the Midnighters series and three stand alone YA novels, he has written five science fiction novels for adults. He and his wife, Justine, divide their time between Sydney and New York.
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I tore through this imaginative, well-written book, and before I realised it, I had to buy book two in the series...
In this universe, it seems as if the conflict will be between the Clankers, with their diesel-driven walkers and zeppelins, and the Darwinians with their genetically engineered beasts. The usual political reasons for the war are in place as well, but the differing approaches to war machines really help the sides to stand out.
We have two protagonists; the first is the orphaned son of Franz Ferdinand, the second a Scottish girl masquerading as a boy within the Air Force. Their voices are distinct, their situations opposing enough to be equally exciting.
The Leviathan of the title, a vast living airship, is a great setting, and while this is obviously an introductory adventure, the world Westerfeld has created is fascinating enough to power a dozen such books.
Beautifully written, strong caracthers and just an amazing immagination and scenarios! And I am well past my teens!
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