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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Nov 16, 11

Read in November, 2011

'Clanker" engineers mobilize gigantic striding war machines across the lands of central Europe preparing for the onset of an alternate World War I. In England, "Darwinists" have escalated the creation of their biologically engineered hybrid animals towards the defense of their nation. Scott Westerfield’s introductory novel to this series follows the adventures of an aristocratic boy from Austria and a midshipman from England as their missions, lifestyles, and philosophies collide. This is a brave new steampunk world Mr. Westerfield has created and his dual protagonists display grit and spunk as they tackle their various adventures.

As the first book in this adventure, it does a great job of establishing the arena and combatants, but it only prepares the way for the main adventure to unfold in the second volume. Any reader not prepared for that might find this read a little disappointing, but certain intrigues and frictions should generate enough inertia to propel readers into book 2.

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