Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Reviewed By: A.T.
Loved it! Not sure if you have heard about this genre of books, but it is what is referred to as "Steampunk". Steampunk typically involves alternate history, fantasy, and a world where steam power is featured prominently. This particular steampunk book presents us with an alternate history of WWI. This book stars Aleksandar Ferdinand, Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Deryn Sharp, a young girl in the British Air Service masquerading as a boy (because girls weren't allowed to be in the Air Service back then!). As WWI gears up, thier paths cross in a strange but fateful way. Will Prince Aleksandar be able to hide from the people who are hunting him down? Will Deryn be able to keep her secret and stay in the Air Service doing the only thing she loves (being a crewmember on the flying beast known as the Leviathan)? To find out what a flying beast is, and to find out Aleksandar and Deryn's fate, pick up the book!
Why I Picked it Up: I picked this book up a while ago when it first came out because I LOVE the author (anyone read the Uglies series?) but you should pick it up because this title is on the 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award list.
Why I Finished It: I finished this book because I had to! It's the first book in a series, so once you get started you won't be able to stop. Also, I listened to this book on CD and it was FANTASTIC! The actor who reads the book does the German and British accents so well, I couldn't stop listening.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who knows and loves books by the author. This is definitely a teen book for anyone, boy or girl. There is action, mystery, intrigue, and even a little bit of history thrown in there as well.