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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Feb 07, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-sci-fi, ya-books, steampunk-ish
Read from January 26 to February 07, 2012

An alternate retelling of the start of World War I, with the British having learned genetic engineering at the feet of Darwin, and the Germans having created mechanical walkers similar to battlemech's...

A good, quick read. I found the pace of the book to be great, given the subject matter involved, and the fact that Westerfeld was able to impart a great deal of real history along with an entertaining story was a bonus. Both of his main characters, Alek and Deryn, are likeable and while young, have formidible and highly developed codes of ethics (which is refreshing in YA lit, I must say).

I look forward to seeing what happens to Alek and Deryn next, and where will the Leviathan finally come to port?

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