AAAAAAahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry, all I can do is flap my hands incoherently and run around in circles because this book-this series-IS SO AW...moreAAAAAAahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry, all I can do is flap my hands incoherently and run around in circles because this book-this series-IS SO AWESOME.(less)
The final book in Westerfelds' Leviathan trilogy. Alek and Deryn have survived Clankers in the Alps and an Ottoman revolution, but can they survive the...moreThe final book in Westerfelds' Leviathan trilogy. Alek and Deryn have survived Clankers in the Alps and an Ottoman revolution, but can they survive the most dangerous test of all-handling famed/infamous inventor Nikolas Tesla? In Tesla, Alek sees hope for a true and lasting peace for his people. For Deryn, the man is simply a mad inventor. As the war continues to rage in Europe, the Leviathan is sent to New York to deliver Tesla to his laboratory, where he claims to have a weapon that will stop the war. But does he actually want to stop the war-or does he want revenge?
As a final book to an imaginative, Goliath does not disappoint. It is a long, action pack and somewhat meandering adventure. The reader is taken from exotic locale to exotic locale, and while the threads always connect, it can sometimes take a while. The only place Westerfeld falters is with the romance. I won't spoil the ending, but I think he missed an opportunity to do something interesting. In Nation, by Terry Pratchett, a similar situation happens at the end, and what Pratchett did made more sense given what we knew of the characters-I feel like Westerfeld was heading in that same direction, and then back tracked.
Essentially, everything up to the last ten pages was great and made sense, and then I feel it got...fluffy and easy.
Still a fab book and sure to excite sci-fi fans, and maybe even get kids to read historical novels.(less)
Like Amanda, I wish for a half star rating, but at the end of the day the book was only ok. Kelsa is 15. Her father has just died, and she's having tr...moreLike Amanda, I wish for a half star rating, but at the end of the day the book was only ok. Kelsa is 15. Her father has just died, and she's having trouble communicating with her mother. Enter Raven, the Native American deity who is actually from another dimension (think the Asgardians from Thor, only less developed). Raven needs Kelsa to heal the mystical ley lines that have been ailing from centuries of neglect and environmental mistreatment.
There is nothing truly wrong with the book, there's just nothing good about it. Bell's world, where humans have come to the brink of ecological disaster and are now trying to pull back, is alternately interesting and irritation. Plastic guns are a new twist, but having Kelsa swear by saying "carp" and "frack" doesn't really work. The same can be said for the characters. Kelsa's grief seemed almost an afterthought, a reason for her and her mother to be at odds instead of a genuine emotion, and Raven isn't very well fleshed out. Considering Kelsa isn't going to be in the sequel (because there's always a sequel) it's a bit of a waste. I would have like to spend some time in Raven's head, so I, as the reader, know what's going on, even if the characters don't.