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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Jul 09, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: steampunk, young-adult
Read from July 08 to 09, 2010

I absolutely loved this book!! I love the fabulous illustrations too. The whole idea of it was just so interesting and it made the alternate history that much more complex. The story is set in 1914 and follows two individuals, a girl pretending to be a boy so she can fly and the heir to the Austrian throne, Prince Alek. The girl is from Scotland and I love her fiesty attitude and the fact that she is better at what she love, aeronautics, than any of the boys she is competing for a spot on the Leviathan. In this alternate history, Darwin not only discovered survival of the fittest and DNA but ways to mix the best part of each species into better animals and even into airships. The Leviathan is made from a giant whale, but it has a multitude of other species living on and it as well. Their opposites are the Clankers, and include the French, Germans and Austro-Hungarians. These are the machine run nations that build two, four and eight legged military machines, as well as airplanes. Caught in the middle of the Clanker world is Alek, whose parents have just been assassinated and he is on the run from the German emperor, his great uncle.
The only gripe I have is that the author ended the storyline just as it was getting interesting and said there will be more in the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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