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Behemoth (Leviathan #2)

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The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that 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
Hardcover, 481 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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YA fanatics...Scott Westerfeld got it very, very right in this smart, slickly crafted re-imagining of World War I.

There are a host of inventive creations in this book full of "nicely done," but I want to run the highlighter over the two primary world-building concepts (i.e., The Clankers and the Darwinists) because they really struck me as swelling with genius, and their engorgement was made all the more pronounced by the art, which is impeccableness itself).

First, the DARWINISTS. So in this a
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A Review in the Classic Style

Behemoth is the second book in Westerfeld's steampunk adventure series for the little ones. It continues at breakneck pace, following its plucky young protagonists as they hurtle through misadventure, politics, and just the teensiest bit of lovelorn longing, all taking place in an alternate World War I-era Ottoman Empire (vividly and vibrantly depicted as a near-ideal melting pot of cultures). All of the tropes of steampunk remain firmly in place. Overa
This series...

God damn, this series.

I want to go sing its praises across campus, to haul people down to the library and shove copies of Leviathan into their hands, to wander the country like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed scattering lovely books wherever I go.

Okay, not so much that last one. But you get my point.

But anyhow. I was quite content with the first book, but I'm elated about this one. It's one of those fabulous novels in which it's not just the characters who mature and grow (as all cha
A delightful sequel to the author’s “Leviathan”, an alternative history fantasy that pits the machine-oriented Clankers (Germans and Austro-Hungarian Empire) against biotechnology dominated forces of the Darwinists (Brits and French). Our teen heroes are Deryn, a girl posing as a boy (Dylan) to serve as a midshipman aboard the British bio-airship/dirigible, and Alek, son of the assassinated Serbian Archduke Ferdinand, on the run from the Germans who engineered the murder in this version of histo ...more
I think Bovril counts as an excuse to add a book to my "talking cats" shelf. ;)

Also, I am going to try to add some images to my review for the vewy first time, so please bear with me...

Behemoth was even better than Leviathan. Why?

1. First up, Alek is my fave still. He was a little less pathetic in this book than the first, which was good and bad. Good because he was taking charge of his life in a way that made me want to stand up and cheer, bad because I thought his snobbishness was super amusin
Please Note: This review will contain mild spoilers for Leviathan so if you know want to know zilch avert your eyes please.

“Do I look like a ninny?” she asked Alek.
“You do indeed, Mr Sharp.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I’m not supposed to be buying any more books until after Christmas... *bites nails* but this series is just too good. It would be a crime not to buy the final book, wouldn’t it?

High Points.
Ninnies. Dummkopfs. Mr Sharp. Beasties. Bovril. Lilit. Costanipole Istanbul. L
Everley Sharp, the Clankinist
DERYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *grumbles to self about how stupid girls are who are pretending to be boys and don't tell the guy they love that they're actually not a guy when they have a chance to because he's telling her about how a girl seems to have a crush on her*
YA steampunk (I finally figured out the name of this genre) is engaging. We see Istanbul get quite a bit of notice here. Even though I can't remember hearing too much about Istanbul in history I think it fit pretty well. Most authors I think pick places like Germany, France, and Great Britain as the setting in their books for the WWI era but Istanbul is a place I've neither seen nor heard much about. I knew it was in Turkey *shrug*. And even if Westerfeld changed some of the history (so to speak ...more
3 ½ stars

This is another fun, fast-paced adventure with Deryn and Aleksandr in the futuristic alternate World War I history first introduced in Leviathan. I enjoyed this story just as much as the first installment; I think that my slight lessening of enthusiasm might actually relate to this book’s heavy focus on the Clankers and their technological marvels. I found the Darwinists far more interesting – luckily it seems like the next book is heading into Darwinist Japan (Darwinists and Japan? Yay
Alek and Deryn grow closer in their friendship and much to Deryn/Dylan’s horror, she worries about feeling more than that. Near the last half of B, someone else enters the picture. (Let's just say that that was different.) One of the funnier parts of the book was when Deryn thinks she's going to get a declaration of love from him; she doesn't.

Alek takes a more active role in this book. In the first he was rescued, manipulated into driving a walker. Here most everything that happens to him is bec
Behemoth is the second book in Westerfeld's WWI steampunk Clankers vs Darwinists alt-U romp. It's packed full of Bechdelicious goodness, from the main character (a cross-dressing midship(wo)man for the Darwinists), to a Turkish anarchist revolutionary, to a rather splendid and dapper "lady boffin" and a Nene with an interesting mobility device.

Behemoth is a whole pile of fun, has a heap of marvelous critters and machines, and has as a bonus plenty of fabulous black and white illustrations that
Steampunk with an alternative history of WWI.

What happens when an author takes a historical event like WWI and tweaks a few little details? Let’s just say he adds a few imaginative gadgets, contraptions, and “beasties.” What if the main characters are both orphans with secrets?

Behemoth is the second book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. Set during WWI, the world is a little askew. The Allies (mostly the British) are known as the Darwinists. All of their weapons and machinery are organic
I enjoyed LEVIATHAN, but I think I liked BEHEMOTH much more. I liked the premise of LEVIATHAN, but felt at that time while the world was utterly fascinating, the characters were a little thin. Not so in BEHEMOTH. Thankfully Westerfeld has fleshed out Deryn and Alek, although Deryn is still my favourite for obvious reasons.

(So what if I have a thing for cross-dressing females? I blame Tamora Pierce.)

I had a good time reading BEHEMOTH, and I think it's because we spend a lot of time with Deryn and
Behemoth, the second installment in the series was a letdown compared to it's predecessor. Even the wonderfull world of clankers and beasties could not improve the story and narration.

The novel is set immediately after the end of book one and we travel to Istanbul to witness a revolution. The plot was interesting and captivating for the most part. There are however, many things which are questionable.

As this is a YA and the readers targeted are young minds the author doesn't spend much time to m
Lyle Kimo Valdez
Behemoth in two words: Barking awesome! ^__^

Westerfeld has crafted an amazing story, accessible to children and adolescents, but with gems for adults as well. These books are the sort a child might read as a grand adventure story, and when they return later, a little older and wiser, and they may well be struck by how stark its themes truly are. There is a lot of care taken in explaining the underlying tensions that would erupt into the Great War, using simple enough terms to illustrate the poli
Rachel Hartman
First things first: am I the only person in the world who puts the accent on the first syllable? BEE-he-moth? Really? What's the matter with everyone?

Secondly: This is another one of those books (see also: the entire Percy Jackson series) that gets four stars because I'm averaging out my son's and my responses. He would give this five stars, no question; it's a solid three from me. This reminds me a lot of Westerfeld's Uglies series, insofar as the second book really rides on the strengths of th
Lars Guthrie
If there is any fault with the second book in the ‘Leviathan Trilogy,’ it’s that it would be difficult to read it as a stand alone. Reading ‘Leviathan’ before ‘Behemoth’ is as close to essential without being absolutely necessary as you can get.

Is that a fault? Not if you like series. Not if you like alternate history. Or slam-bang excitement, exotic locales, and nail-biting suspense. Westerfeld delivers.

Readers may come away from ‘Behemoth’ knowing more about the jury-rigged system of alliance
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David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Full review to come when I have time to write it, but for now, here's...


- The Clanker's steampunk monstrosities and the Darwinist's genetically-manufactured Beasties are incredibly imaginative
- Many fascinating characters, especially Deryn & Alek
- Story is very fast-paced and exciting
- Mythology of this alternate history is enthralling

- Ultra-convenient plot-twists can be hard to swallow at times
- Considering the great chemistry betw
Wow. To bylo teda něco. Přečetla jsem to za méně než 24 hodin. A bylo by to ještě míň, kdybych nemusela jít spát. Dvacet stránek mi uběhlo rychle, jako by jich bylo pět. Co jiného, než plných 5 hvězdiček? Co jiného, pro tuhle úžasnou knihu?
It never fails, I fly through these books!
This is the second book in the Leviathan trilogy and it picks right up where the first leaves off. We rejoin Deryn, Alek and the crew of the Leviathan airship as they head toward Istanbul/Constantinople to deliver Dr. Barlow's diplomatic gift – the mysterious eggs. As Istanbul crests the horizon, Alek and his men prepare for what could be their last opportunity to escape the British ship. But after disaster strikes, everyone finds themselves in Istanbul'
So...I think this might just be better than Leviathan.

Leviathan is a must-read before you tackle this monster book. The story begins in the middle of the day on the great airship Leviathan but within a few pages, a battle is raging, and there's no time to explain to newcomers what is going on - that Dylan and Deryn are, in fact, one person and the feminine pronouns are no mistake; that Alek is actually Prince Aleksander, heir to the recently-assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand; and why the Lev
Dani Marescotti
I absolutely LOVED this book! Especially that one particular scene between Deryn and Lilit on the cliff towards the end of the book. Now that was one scene that had me grinning! Behemoth was a fabulous addition to the Leviathan and an excellent steampunk novel. It had a little of just about everything in it; romance (LOL), history, steampunk-ness, sci-fi, interesting creatures, a bit of German, suspense, drama, and an inside look of opposite views on the same world as told by the two main charac ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Without a doubt, Westerfeld's Leviathan was one of my favourite books from last year, so when the second book came out I ordered it straight away - I just had to get it in my hands. I'm not going to give much of a plot summary if I can help it; I don't want to spoil it or provide too many details. Always hard to discuss successive books in a series!

Behemoth begins more-or-less straight after Leviathan ended, with the air ship and its heroes, Deryn (still disguised as a boy called Dylan) and Alek
If you have never read a book by Scott Westerfeld, you really ought to. He is the singularly most creative writer in young adult literature bar none. In Behemoth, his sequel to Leviathan, we rejoin Alek, the son of the recently assassinated Franz Ferdinand and secret heir to the Austria-Hungarian Empire and Devyn, the young British air-corps officer with a secret. (She's a GIRL!) In this clever steampunk reimagining of World War One the Central Powers of Europe are known as "Clankers", builders ...more
Book TWO in the "Leviathan" series.

This is another intriguing installment and flows seamlessly from the first book.

This story line deals more with the politics of the war than with Walkers and the Leviathan itself. The story centers in Istanbul, which is not yet part of the war, but desired by both sides, and full of its own unrest.

Alek must decide how much involvement he wants to take in the actual shaping of the war, or if he should hide out and wait for it to end before he makes his move. Sim
This 2nd in the series was so good! I found myself on Scott Westerfeld's website searching for scraps of information about Goliath. The adventures that Dillan and Alec get into are amazing. The Darwin beasties are fun and make this series stand out. I cannot even remember everything that I forgot about what I learned in my history courses but I am kind of glad that it is not in the forefront of my memory so I do not spend a lot of time poo-poo'ing the things that are not fact. When I was reading ...more
So much fun! Possibly more fun than the first one, since we are now fully immersed in the world, and with most of the introductions of people and things out of the way, we can get down to the story! And it's a fabulous story, with more fascinating fabricated beasties, some cute and some scary, and more mechanical constructs as well. I totally want a perspicacious loris, and I believe this this book contains the best use of cayenne pepper I have ever heard of.
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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
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“Alek was right behind her now, his body pressing close as he adjusted her sword arm. She hadn't realized this fencing business would be so touchy.

He grasped her waist, sending a crackle across her skin.

If Alek moved his hands any higher, he might notice what was hidden beneath her careful tailoring.

“Always keep sideways to your opponent,” he said, gently turning her. “That way, your chest presents the smallest possible target.”

“Aye, the smallest possible target,” Deryn sighed. Her secret was safe, it seemed.”
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