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Goliath (Leviathan #3)

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Alek and Deryn are abroad the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war. But whose side is he really on?

While on their top-secret mission, Alek finally discovers Deryn's deeply kept secret. Two, actually. Not only is Deryn a girl disguised as a guy...she h
Hardcover, Simon Pulse, 576 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Simon Schuster (first published January 24th 2011)
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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
Feb 02, 2015 AH rated it it was amazing
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
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
mark monday
Jan 12, 2014 mark monday rated it really liked it
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 BrutalizerS OF
nature? they
"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 par
Dec 16, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Lyndz rated it really liked it
Shelves: mypod-audiobook
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 & 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 i
Dec 19, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlican zvrsetak ovog serijala koji je mozda za zericu previse predvidljiv. Al dobro to je boljka dosta YA knjiga pa cu joj progledati kroz prste.

Sto se kvaliteta tu je otalo slicno ko i ranije, odlicno zamisljen i opisan svet sa vrlo detaljnim prikazom tehnologija i pratecom atmosferom koja drzi citaoca stalno zainteresovanog. Odlicni crtezi koji samo podizu atmosferu. Slabi glavni likovi koji su dosta neubedljivi za stvari koje odrade u celom serijalu. Al dobro.

Zabavno i brzo bez dosadnih deta
Jan 02, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, steampunk
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 ...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
Feb 12, 2016 Maxi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, read this trilogy!
Shelves: 2014
*3.5 stars*

This last book was amazing. Best thing about this series was the world building and setting.
Even though I really enjoyed the book overall, I didn't like the romance. (view spoiler).
I liked the ending and I was worried about it because last trilogy I read from Westerfeld ended in a shitty way.

I really really really liked the Leviathan trilogy, it was my
Apr 23, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing
4.5 Go and read this trilogy now.

Voy a extrañar a Alek y Deryn :')
En esta entrega final de la Trilogía Leviathan, la acción sigue el mismo ritmo implacable, los personajes siguen siendo realistas, y mas secretos salen a la luz, mientras nuestro personaje principal Alek lucha por la PAZ!

A decir verdad, me gusto un poco mas Behemoth, osea, si tuviera que elegir un libro de la trilogía seria ese, el segundo.
Aunque eso no quiere decir que este sea malo, ni mucho menos, de hecho es un final excelent
¡Así es como se termina una historia!

El libro final de la trilogía Leviathan, nos lleva a una misión de rescate a la helada Siberia. Allí, subirá a bordo el excéntrico Nikola Tesla, que dice haber construido un arma de destrucción de largo alcance que detendrá la guerra. Nuestros protagonistas experimentaran de primera mano los horrores del Goiliath, que ha destruido una vasta extensión de bosques siberianos
Alex ve en el científico la clave para la paz y, convencido que su destino lo ha guiado
Samantha The Escapist
Dec 02, 2011 Samantha The Escapist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, steampunk
"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
May 12, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
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
There are a lot of books that I love and a lot of series I'm especially fond of. But it takes a special book and a special series to give me the kind of massive book hangover I received after reading the final pages of Goliath.

You guys, I love this series so effing much.

Scott Westerfeld has created a world that I want to live in; a world I wish had really come about instead of this one (no offense to this world, but guys, there is an airship that is an entire ecosystem of living creatures HOLY C
Sep 26, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...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 ...more
May 17, 2011 Jennedy rated it it was amazing
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.
Ranting Dragon
Oct 16, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it it was ok
Shelves: aaron

Goliath is the concluding volume in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy, a young adult series that follows an alternate World War I with steampunk elements.

In Goliath, Alek and Deryn have left the Ottoman Empire aboard the Leviathan in order to pick up a mysterious new passenger deep in the heart of Siberia. At the behest of this passenger, they proceed to travel across the world on a journey to New York, where the possibility of a deadly new weapon calle
May 28, 2011 Abigail rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes steampunk, alternate history
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 ...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
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
Jun 20, 2011 Kaylyn rated it it was amazing
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
Ja näin upea Leviathan-trilogia on saatu päätökseen. Olihan tämä aika menevää luettavaa.

On niin mahtavaa, kuinka Westerfeld sitoo tähän vaihtoehtoishistorialliseen teokseen niin monia oikean historian tapahtumia ja henkilöitä, kuten Tunguskan räjähdys, Nikola Tesla ja hänen suuruudenhullut ajatuksensa, Pancho Villa joukkoineen Meksikossa... Historiaa rakastava minäni sai niin paljon irti tästä teoksesta!

Ah, Deryn ja Alek... He ovat niin täydellisiä toisilleen! Kolmen kirjan aikana he ovat kokene
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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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