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Goliath (Leviathan #3)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  16,371 ratings  ·  1,798 reviews
The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld's New York Times "bestselling trilogy that's "sure to become a classic" (School Library Journal").Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the "Le...more
Hardcover, 543 pages
Published September 2011 by Simon and Schuster
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
SCOTT WESTERFELD, WHY YOU SO AMAZING? Like, seriously. It's not fair.

I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a Scott Westerfeld book. Sure, some are better than others, but they always have such awesome world-building, they're always exciting, and they're always a ton of fun to read. It's hard to beat his previous series like Uglies and Midnighters, but I think he just may have done it with the Leviathan trilogy.

First of all, the premise is so freaking awesome I want to explode when I think...more
Dec 20, 2011 AH rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History lovers/Steampunk fans
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

Update 12/20/11 - Bonus chapter to Goliath posted on Scott Westerfeld's blog. Here's the link.

Barking spiders! What a great way to end a series! I want more!

The third and final book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series did not disappoint. Set during WWI, our heroes Dylan (actually Deryn, a young woman) and Alek are on board the living airship the Leviathan (a giant floating whale!) as it flies eastward towards the orient and beyond. Goliath is an alternative hist...more
Fans of Leviathan and Behemoth will be very satisfied with this final installment, which seems to be the end for Alek and Deryn. This book contains, in spades, all of the elements of the previous two books that I adore. Deryn doesn’t brood, she acts! And Alek, well…he might brood just a squitch but that’s barking princes for you! There is a remarkable lack of melodrama here. These books are dynamic and exciting with plenty of action and derring do.

Deryn and Alek are once again aboard the giant l...more
mark monday
darwinists take the strands  ClankerS TakE ThE FormS
of life and weave them into  OF MachineS, RemakE TheM.
new forms – a new kind of  NeW ShapeS - A NeW WaY
life, a new way of living.  TO SeE, A NeW WaY TO BE!
cute talking animals!  HugE WalkinG MachineS.
living dirigibles!  A TeslA CannoN.
all sorts of strange beasties  AlL SortS OF ContraptionS
now at our beck and call.  NoW AvailableE FoR AlL.
but are these darwinists BuT ArE ThesE ClankerS
unholy manipulators of  WarlikE Brutaliz...more
Mar 21, 2012 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone should at least give this trilogy a shot
To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last.

Oh, what a beautiful dedication. Just reading it made me more hopeful about the conclusion of the romantic plot, even before reading the first chapter.

This was a great book. I'm unsure how to compare it to its predecessors, but rest assured that it's just as good, if not better. According to me.

So, it has come as a bit of a surprise to me that I've enjoyed the Leviathan trilogy so much. At first glance it doesn't seem like my kind of...more
"Reality had no gears, and you never knew what surprises would come spinning out its chaos."

Dear Alek,
I know in my review for Behemoth I told you that I was going to dedicate this final review to you and I would think of a theme tune for you.
Well, I haven’t.
I thought that, instead of writing a proper review that will help readers decide whether to read this book or not (you’d think this was a review site or something), I’d write you a letter.
It’s not going to be a fancy one (or one with para...more
A satisfying conclusion to the fantasy steampunk trilogy which features two teenagers taking a role in trying to head off World War 1 between the machine-loving Clankers and bioengineering Darwinists (aka the Germans and Brits and their allies). Deryn, who poses as a boy (Dylan) to serve as a midshipman, carries out numerous feats of derring do as the British biological airship Leviathan wends its way around the world from Istanbul. Alek, the son of the assassinated Serbian archduke, draws her i...more
I have to say I that I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I don’t think that it is for everyone, as it is quite odd, but I know I quite liked it. Rating clarification: 4 & ½ stars

I cannot speak highly enough of the plot. It completely captivates you, and is action-packed from start to finish, there is never a dull moment from cover to cover. If you are looking for an easy and fun page turner, look no further!
Potential spoilers ahoy. In this installment, Alec figures out that Darrin...more
The next time you're going to get on a plane, pick up one of these books. Whichever you haven't read, if you have yet to finish the series, or your favorite if you have. Reading about action atop the back of a flying genetically engineered whale takes on a whole new level of awe and enjoyment when you yourself can glance sideways and down at the puffy backs of clouds.

Which is basically to say that on a 2.5 hour plane ride yesterday, I somehow plowed through 250 pages of this book without noticin...more
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series is a favorite among steampunk fans so it's no surprise that the finale book would set new levels of awesome. I was going to attempt to hold off reviewing this book since it doesn't come out until September but I simply couldn't resist. This is a series that I would liken with Harry Potter because it's very action-adventure, boy/girl friendly and PG. Just because there are historical references in this series doesn't mean it will be boring. In fact, it makes th...more
And he sticks the landing! This is a fantastic end to what is possibly my favorite steampunk series. What makes these books rise to the top isn't just the fine writing. It's the whole package. The illustrations. The heavy, higher quality paper. The thoroughness of the world-building. To me, it's exactly what reading a book written in that world would be/feel/smell like. The moral feud between the Darwinists and the Clankers is endlessly fascinating, and both Deryn and Alek are wonderfully likabl...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
As seen on my blog! Breakdown of a Heroine for Deryn Sharp. (Because let's be honest I'm too lazy to write a second review)

Who is Deryn?
Deryn Sharp, or Dylan Sharp as she like's to be called when she's in disguise, is a midshipman on Leviathan, an airship in Her Majesties Navy during the Great War. Flying has always been her dream and she wants to serve her country, which requires pretending to be a boy.

Strength of Character?
Deryn is so many things I admire in a person. She's brave enough to ser...more
I think everyone else has summed up the plot and highlights pretty well, but what really struck me (in the "OMG, this is amazing" way) was the nonchalant disposal of gender norms and most heteronormative ideas. The exchange between Lilit and Deryn was particularly striking (paraphrased because I already returned the book to the library):

Lilit: You do make a dashing boy, you know.
Deryn: I don't think Alek wants a dashing boy.
Lilit: You'll never know unless you ask him!

As I was gushing about t...more
Goliath even the title hints at the effort I put into reading it... not necessarily a bad thing just different. Thinking back to Leviathan, I remember having shelved it; only catching on to what others saw half way through, my second time around with it. I'm used to 'give me fast and easy books', Leviathan and Behemoth are not any of those. Instead, I had to pace myself, pay a little more attention to Dylan's and Alek's world. It was a chore at first, for sure... but once the I'd grown accustome...more
Samantha The Escapist
"I sure did like the first cover of Leviathan without the kids' faces on it more than these other ones."

I do still agree that this cover doesn't hold a candle to the first book (before they put on the face) But this book in almost every other way is just as good, better in a few respects. Actually, it's been quite some time since I nearly cried at the end of a book simply because it was over. I was very excited to read this but I didn't realize until halfway through (as the book seemed to simply...more
Beth Cato
This trilogy has been very up and down for me. The first book grabbed me because of the vivid world, with its rival steampunk Clankers and genetically-altered Darwinist creatures. The characters didn't appeal to me that much. That changed in the second book, as Alek and Deryn each grew up in different ways. My initial thought of the third book? It's long. It feels unnecessarily dragged out so that it can show half of the planet and cameos of famous people of the 1910s, though I did appreciate th...more
A breathtaking finale to the Leviathan series! I thoroughly enjoyed this finely crafted novel. Part adventure story, part alternate history, part political intrigue, part romance, part coming-of-age drama.... 100% awesome! :-) I continued to enjoy our returning characters and found the new additions to the cast interesting and/or amusing. Deryn persisted in growing on me, and Alek in impressing me (I probably would have had a major crush on him if I'd read this as a tween). One aspect of the con...more
Scott Westerfeld is a genius. Even if you can't find it in yourself to enjoy the complex, rollercoaster ride of a plot, you should still consider the depth of his research, the witty originality of his characters, and the VERY high quality of the fangirl moments he provides in this conclusion to the Leviathan trilogy. I LOVED this book. Illustrations by Keith Thompson make it all the more steampunk-fantastic. Recommended to everyone aged 10-247.
I was going to give this 4 stars, but then I started Nine Princes of Amber and I thought, "This...this is what 4 + star books are made of". So I'm giving it 3 instead. Don't get me wrong, Westerfeld has created a wonderful and well researched alternative history world. His novels are well written and his ideas well thought out. But, his books just lack something. They're soulless. I don't feel anything for the characters or for their situations. Sure the descriptions are detailed, the paragraphs...more
Well, Deryn and Alec get in a pickle this time. Not that they didn't have a knack for getting in trouble before but it seriously gets complicated between them with all the secrets they have to keep and tension mounting. Our two brave heroes are destined for a disaster.

The course of the Levianth : New York.
The mission : stop WWI.

It was good to see Alec and Deryn again; above all I think they are great friends though Deryn likes Alec more than that. Alec is a character who gives it all he's got....more
I might be in the minority, but I found Behemoth lackluster compared to Leviathan. I did enjoy it, but it didn't have the spark of the first book, and I was worried that Goliath was going down the same path. But no, not at all. I didn't think Scott Westerfeld could pull it off, but this book is awesome--a completely stunning conclusion to his ambitious steampunk/alternate history series.

Deryn and Alek are back aboard the Leviathan with some familiar faces--Dr. Nora Barlow, Count Volger, the ado...more
May 28, 2011 Abigail rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes steampunk, alternate history
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Well, I've read this book and now my life is complete.

I love these books like crazy and I couldn't wait for the conclusion. And it was by far the best book in the series.

It's an excellent, exciting, and gripping conclusion to a wildly creative series. This book delivers what all the fans want: action, adventure, humor, and a love story like no other. The thick volume goes over quite a bit, completing the around the world trip in this alternate version of earth where amazing machines and beasts l...more
"Goliath" is the final novel in the "Leviathan" Series and it ends it quite nicely. We have been building up to a final conflict or a solution to the War. We get it from our heroes but not in the way we all expected or could have guessed. This novel introduces us to Nicola Tesla the great inventor. Tesla comes in and shows the crew of the Leviathan what he claims his test had done in Siberia. Leviathan is quite impressed and is ordered to assist the Inventor in reaching America. On the way more...more
Ne tak dobré jako Behemoth, ale rozhodně ne nuda :) Kdyby to byla nuda, nepřečetla bych 444 stran za méně než 24 hodin :))
Antes de nada dejemos claras un par de cosas:
1) ya no soy un adolescente, hace años que peino canas. ;)
2) me encanta la Historia y todo lo que tenga que ver con la aviación.

Por estos dos motivos he tardado tres libros en darme cuenta de algo muy obvio: me encanta esta trilogía. No tanto cada libro por separado pero juntos son un trabajo estupendo.
El esquema de los libros: chica disfrazada para poder cumoplir sus sueños conoce a chico de procedencia completamente opuesta a la suya y acaban enamor...more
Ok, guys let’s give Mr. Westerfeld a big round of applause for a stellar ending for his amazing series. Goliath delivered everything I hoped the book would be! I couldn’t be much happier with the result! I do have mixed feelings, I’m happy that the book ended in a happier note, but at same time sad that the adventures of Deryn and Alek in a rich steampunk alternate universe had now ended. Oh gosh, I’m gonna miss these two! And Bovril, how could I forget this one, I’m still hearing this little gu...more
I loved this series. I can't tell you how often this has been recommended to me in the past year, but I can say that sometimes my friends really do hit the nail on the head. I've read quite a few books by Westerfeld at this point, and I'm glad that I held off a bit on this particular series because it really is one of his best. Hell, probably the best. I certainly enjoyed this book's ending more than the ending of Blue Noon, or Specials.

OK, so. What does Westerfeld do right? Where do I start? T...more
Oh, why does this series have to come to an end? Why! It’s just so awesome I can’t bear to let it go. Haha. I wasn’t really a fan of steampunk before but this series has totally converted me and now I avidly will read any books I come across in the genre.

Ah, there’s everything you want in this book. Lots of fast-paced action, more cool places to explore (Japan, America, Mexico), awesome historical people (Nikola Tesla), events (the advent of film and motion pictures, Tunguska explosion, electric...more

Scott Westerfeld is the king of YA, and he shows us why with the conclusion to his newest series, Leviathan.

Goliath roars with a strong momentum from the previous installment, offering some of the best creative world-building I've ever seen, mixed in with strong male and female characters, intense action, a believable romance, and an unpredictable story. And, as always, Keith Thompson's highly detailed artwork accompanying this novel is simply gorgeous, making this series not only wor...more
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f...more
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