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Goliath

(Leviathan #3)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  28,333 ratings  ·  2,481 reviews
The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld's New York Times "bestselling trilogy that's "sure to become a classic" (School Library Journal").Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the "Le ...more
Hardcover, 543 pages
Published September 2011 by Simon and Schuster (first published January 24th 2011)
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Brigid ✩
SCOTT WESTERFELD, WHY YOU SO AMAZING? Like, seriously. It's not fair.

I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a Scott Westerfeld book. Sure, some are better than others, but they always have such awesome world-building, they're always exciting, and they're always a ton of fun to read. It's hard to beat his previous series like Uglies and Midnighters, but I think he just may have done it with the Leviathan trilogy.

First of all, the premise is so freaking awesome I want to explode when I think
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AH
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History lovers/Steampunk fans
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

Update 12/20/11 - Bonus chapter to Goliath posted on Scott Westerfeld's blog. Here's the link.

Barking spiders! What a great way to end a series! I want more!

The third and final book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series did not disappoint. Set during WWI, our heroes Dylan (actually Deryn, a young woman) and Alek are on board the living airship the Leviathan (a giant floating whale!) as it flies eastward towards the orient and beyond. Goliath is an alternative his
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Catie
Fans of Leviathan and Behemoth will be very satisfied with this final installment, which seems to be the end for Alek and Deryn. This book contains, in spades, all of the elements of the previous two books that I adore. Deryn doesn’t brood, she acts! And Alek, well…he might brood just a squitch but that’s barking princes for you! There is a remarkable lack of melodrama here. These books are dynamic and exciting with plenty of action and derring do.

Deryn and Alek are once again aboard the giant l
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mark monday
darwinists take the strands ClankerS TakE ThE FormS
of life and weave them into OF MachineS, RemakE TheM.
new forms – a new kind of NeW ShapeS - A NeW WaY
life, a new way of living. TO SeE, A NeW WaY TO BE!
cute talking animals! HugE WalkinG MachineS.
living dirigibles! A TeslA CannoN.
all sorts of strange beasties AlL SortS OF ContraptionS
now at our beck and call. NoW AvailableE FoR AlL.
but are these darwinists BuT ArE ThesE ClankerS
unholy manipulators of WarlikE BrutalizerS OF
nature? they
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Jo
"Reality had no gears, and you never knew what surprises would come spinning out its chaos."

Dear Alek,
I know in my review for Behemoth I told you that I was going to dedicate this final review to you and I would think of a theme tune for you.
Well, I haven’t.
I thought that, instead of writing a proper review that will help readers decide whether to read this book or not (you’d think this was a review site or something), I’d write you a letter.
It’s not going to be a fancy one (or one with par
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Erin
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone should at least give this trilogy a shot
To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last.

Oh, what a beautiful dedication. Just reading it made me more hopeful about the conclusion of the romantic plot, even before reading the first chapter.

This was a great book. I'm unsure how to compare it to its predecessors, but rest assured that it's just as good, if not better. According to me.

So, it has come as a bit of a surprise to me that I've enjoyed the Leviathan trilogy so much. At first glance it doesn't seem like my kind of
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Kogiopsis
The next time you're going to get on a plane, pick up one of these books. Whichever you haven't read, if you have yet to finish the series, or your favorite if you have. Reading about action atop the back of a flying genetically engineered whale takes on a whole new level of awe and enjoyment when you yourself can glance sideways and down at the puffy backs of clouds.

Which is basically to say that on a 2.5 hour plane ride yesterday, I somehow plowed through 250 pages of this book without noticin
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Michael
A satisfying conclusion to the fantasy steampunk trilogy which features two teenagers taking a role in trying to head off World War 1 between the machine-loving Clankers and bioengineering Darwinists (aka the Germans and Brits and their allies). Deryn, who poses as a boy (Dylan) to serve as a midshipman, carries out numerous feats of derring do as the British biological airship Leviathan wends its way around the world from Istanbul. Alek, the son of the assassinated Serbian archduke, draws her i ...more
Lyndz
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mypod-audiobook
I have to say I that I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I don’t think that it is for everyone, as it is quite odd, but I know I quite liked it. Rating clarification: 4 & stars

Plot
I cannot speak highly enough of the plot. It completely captivates you, and is action-packed from start to finish, there is never a dull moment from cover to cover. If you are looking for an easy and fun page turner, look no further!
Potential spoilers ahoy. In this installment, Alec figures out that Darrin i
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Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series is a favorite among steampunk fans so it's no surprise that the finale book would set new levels of awesome. I was going to attempt to hold off reviewing this book since it doesn't come out until September but I simply couldn't resist. This is a series that I would liken with Harry Potter because it's very action-adventure, boy/girl friendly and PG. Just because there are historical references in this series doesn't mean it will be boring. In fact, it makes th ...more
Ylenia
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, read this trilogy!
Shelves: 2014-reads
*3.5 stars*

This last book was amazing. Best thing about this series was the world building and setting.
Even though I really enjoyed the book overall, I didn't like the romance. (view spoiler).
I liked the ending and I was worried about it because last trilogy I read from Westerfeld ended in a shitty way.

I really really really liked the Leviathan trilogy, it was my
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Jessica
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, steampunk
And he sticks the landing! This is a fantastic end to what is possibly my favorite steampunk series. What makes these books rise to the top isn't just the fine writing. It's the whole package. The illustrations. The heavy, higher quality paper. The thoroughness of the world-building. To me, it's exactly what reading a book written in that world would be/feel/smell like. The moral feud between the Darwinists and the Clankers is endlessly fascinating, and both Deryn and Alek are wonderfully likabl ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: war, murder.

9/8/2017
On reread, I don't think I enjoyed this as much as I did last time around. A lot of the story is just the Leviathan flying from place to place - they travel from Turkey to Vladivostok to Japan to California to New York, so there's a LOT of flying - while Deryn and Alek try to keep their identities secret and work out how they feel about each other.

It felt like it took a long time to actually get to the point of the story, and then everything that happens in
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Alaina
Goliath was the third and final installment of the Leviathan series. It was an okay kind of book but I honestly didn't care about the whole slow romance between Deryn and Alek. I am, however, super happy he finally opened his god damn eyes and saw that Deryn was a girl. Holy shit, that took forever.

The details on how the machines work was still entertaining as hell. Even though I still hate scientific shit.. I basically just nodded and agreed with everything. Like a robot that hates science. The
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
As seen on my blog! Breakdown of a Heroine for Deryn Sharp. (Because let's be honest I'm too lazy to write a second review)

Who is Deryn?
Deryn Sharp, or Dylan Sharp as she like's to be called when she's in disguise, is a midshipman on Leviathan, an airship in Her Majesties Navy during the Great War. Flying has always been her dream and she wants to serve her country, which requires pretending to be a boy.

Strength of Character?
Deryn is so many things I admire in a person. She's brave enough to ser
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YouKneeK
Goliath is the final book in Westerfeld’s steampunk Leviathan trilogy. The entire trilogy was a fun, mostly light adventure story with likeable characters and a good dose of humor. This series worked very well for me as reading material while traveling for a business conference. I was very tired for most of the week due to a not-ideal travel schedule combined with a time zone change, and this was entertaining without being too demanding.

I was pretty satisfied with how the story was wrapped up. I
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Ranting Dragon
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aaron
http://www.rantingdragon.com/review-o...


Goliath is the concluding volume in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy, a young adult series that follows an alternate World War I with steampunk elements.

In Goliath, Alek and Deryn have left the Ottoman Empire aboard the Leviathan in order to pick up a mysterious new passenger deep in the heart of Siberia. At the behest of this passenger, they proceed to travel across the world on a journey to New York, where the possibility of a deadly new weapon calle
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Samantha The Escapist
"I sure did like the first cover of Leviathan without the kids' faces on it more than these other ones."

I do still agree that this cover doesn't hold a candle to the first book (before they put on the face) But this book in almost every other way is just as good, better in a few respects. Actually, it's been quite some time since I nearly cried at the end of a book simply because it was over. I was very excited to read this but I didn't realize until halfway through (as the book seemed to simply
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Nərmin
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alternate history fans
What a book! I really liked the deep and complex story, the incredible characters and writing style. It is normally rare for me to read alternate history books - I guess I don't encounter with many, so it was also a nice experience.
The best part of the book were real and relatable characters and imaginative creatures! I would love to have a loris for myself. It would be come handy in certain situations. And the ending of the story was quite sweet and heartwarming. I was so afraid that the confl
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Mike
I felt that this series was best reviewed as one coherent narrative given the relatively short period of time the books cover, the continuous story that was told, and the similarities between them.

The Leviathan series is a fun mix of steampunk, adventure, and historical/alternative history that, for the most part, delivered a satisfying and enjoyable reading experience (even if the end of the series does sink a bit too deeply into some annoying YA qualities). I was able to devour these books at
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Isamlq
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Goliath even the title hints at the effort I put into reading it... not necessarily a bad thing just different. Thinking back to Leviathan, I remember having shelved it; only catching on to what others saw half way through, my second time around with it. I'm used to 'give me fast and easy books', Leviathan and Behemoth are not any of those. Instead, I had to pace myself, pay a little more attention to Dylan's and Alek's world. It was a chore at first, for sure... but once the I'd grown accustome ...more
Kelley
There are a lot of books that I love and a lot of series I'm especially fond of. But it takes a special book and a special series to give me the kind of massive book hangover I received after reading the final pages of Goliath.

You guys, I love this series so effing much.

Scott Westerfeld has created a world that I want to live in; a world I wish had really come about instead of this one (no offense to this world, but guys, there is an airship that is an entire ecosystem of living creatures HOLY C
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Bethany
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think everyone else has summed up the plot and highlights pretty well, but what really struck me (in the "OMG, this is amazing" way) was the nonchalant disposal of gender norms and most heteronormative ideas. The exchange between Lilit and Deryn was particularly striking (paraphrased because I already returned the book to the library):

Lilit: You do make a dashing boy, you know.
Deryn: I don't think Alek wants a dashing boy.
Lilit: You'll never know unless you ask him!

As I was gushing about t
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Kathryn
A breathtaking finale to the Leviathan series! I thoroughly enjoyed this finely crafted novel. Part adventure story, part alternate history, part political intrigue, part romance, part coming-of-age drama.... 100% awesome! :-) I continued to enjoy our returning characters and found the new additions to the cast interesting and/or amusing. Deryn persisted in growing on me, and Alek in impressing me (I probably would have had a major crush on him if I'd read this as a tween). One aspect of the con ...more
Beth Cato
This trilogy has been very up and down for me. The first book grabbed me because of the vivid world, with its rival steampunk Clankers and genetically-altered Darwinist creatures. The characters didn't appeal to me that much. That changed in the second book, as Alek and Deryn each grew up in different ways. My initial thought of the third book? It's long. It feels unnecessarily dragged out so that it can show half of the planet and cameos of famous people of the 1910s, though I did appreciate th ...more
Jennedy
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott Westerfeld is a genius. Even if you can't find it in yourself to enjoy the complex, rollercoaster ride of a plot, you should still consider the depth of his research, the witty originality of his characters, and the VERY high quality of the fangirl moments he provides in this conclusion to the Leviathan trilogy. I LOVED this book. Illustrations by Keith Thompson make it all the more steampunk-fantastic. Recommended to everyone aged 10-247.
TheBookSmugglers
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Book Smugglers HERE

WARNING: there will be necessary spoilers for books 1 and 2. If you haven’t read this series yet and don’t want to be spoiled, do not read on. You have been warned!

Goliath is the final instalment in the Leviathan trilogy and after loving Leviathan and Behemoth so much, I was on tenterhooks, waiting to see how everything would be wrapped up.

Leaving the revolution in Istanbul behind, our intrepid protagonists Alek and Deryn go back to their (now)
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Abigail Singer
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes steampunk, alternate history
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mitchii
Ok, guys let’s give Mr. Westerfeld a big round of applause for a stellar ending for his amazing series. Goliath delivered everything I hoped the book would be! I couldn’t be much happier with the result! I do have mixed feelings, I’m happy that the book ended in a happier note, but at same time sad that the adventures of Deryn and Alek in a rich steampunk alternate universe had now ended. Oh gosh, I’m gonna miss these two! And Bovril, how could I forget this one, I’m still hearing this little gu ...more
Minli
I might be in the minority, but I found Behemoth lackluster compared to Leviathan. I did enjoy it, but it didn't have the spark of the first book, and I was worried that Goliath was going down the same path. But no, not at all. I didn't think Scott Westerfeld could pull it off, but this book is awesome--a completely stunning conclusion to his ambitious steampunk/alternate history series.

Deryn and Alek are back aboard the Leviathan with some familiar faces--Dr. Nora Barlow, Count Volger, the ado
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His next book, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies. It comes out September 11, 2018.

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Leviathan (3 books)
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  • Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
“Do you love him?"
Deryn swallowed, then pointed at the screen. "He makes me feel like that. Like flying.”
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