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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Nov 16, 09

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in November, 2009

This is a new venture for Scott Westerfield. The book is steam punk - an alternate reality set on the eve of World War I. It this reality, there are two competing technologies, the "clankers" who use advanced mechanical devices and weapons and the "Darwinist" who have developed animal hybrids to do everything from war machines to flying. The book alternates between two main characters. Leviathan is a giant flying ship created from a ecosystem of a whale, bats and other animals. Deryn is on board as a new recruit but is hiding a secret - she is pretending to be a boy at a time when women could not serve. Aleksandar is the son of the Archduke Ferdinand is on the run after his parents assasination. The book has a good premise and it is action packed. I only hope that it can find an audience. The book deals with a subject far away from The Uglies series and The Midnighters.

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