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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Oct 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, historical, not-graphic, sci-fi, ya

Clankers vs. Darwinists. Advanced mechanics vs. fabricated beasties. Steampunk-style walking war machines vs. genetically engineered animals. In 1914 Europe at the start of an alternate history World War I.

Alek is the son of an Austro-Hungarian archduke who is snuck away in the middle of the night in a Stormwalker by his father's top advisors after the assasination of his parents. They are quickly hunted across central Europe by the combined militaries of their country and Germany, hoping to find shelter in Switzerland.

Deryn is doing her best to pass as a guy so she can join the British Air Service, and a lucky accident gets her aboard the airship Leviathan. Developed from Darwin's work with DNA, Leviathan is a huge ecosystem based on the whale, filled with hydrogen, fed by bees and birds, and much more. It's a dream come true for Deryn, until the ship is sent on a secret mission over enemy territory and she gets more adventure than she bargained for.

Another exciting tale from Westerfeld with excellent depth and characters. I nearly gave it five stars.
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