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Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
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Feb 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk, alternative-history, science-fiction, young-adult-fiction, borrowed-from-the-library, series, world-war-1, war, airships
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** spoiler alert ** Behemoth continues the adventures of Midshipman Deryn (Dylan) of the Leviathan, and Prince Alek (Austrian Archduke and possible heir to the Empire). The airship Leviathan arrives somewhat worse for wear in Constantinople where “the lady boffin” attempts to present her gift to the Sultan. Constantinople is already overrun with Germans (Clankers) and German influence, however, and her peace-making efforts fail. During their layover, Alek manages – with Deryn’s help – to escape and falls in with a resistance movement that aims to overthrow the Sultan. Meanwhile, Deryn is sent on a secret sabotage mission, to pave the way for the arrival of the Leviathan (a submarine-like creature) which is en route from Britain. Although she succeeds, the rest of her team is captured and she chooses to join Alek and the resistance efforts until she can make contact with the Leviathan. Based on the events that led up to World War I, this steampunk series is a suspenseful and exciting alternative history/science fiction with marvelous illustrations. If you haven’t read Leviathan (the first book in the trilogy) do so immediately! This second installment is just as good as the first (rare in series fiction these days).
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