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The Leviathan Trilogy

(Leviathan #1-3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  53 reviews
All three books in Scott Westerfeld’s around-the-world, steampunk adventure trilogy, now collected together in one ebook bundle!

Kindle Edition, 954 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Upon a second listening of the audiobook, I love it just as much as I did the first time. Twue Wuv.
Jayme Swallow
In Scott Westerfeld's best work, the Leviathan Trilogy featuring Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath,we meet some great characters and go on an exciting adventure through alterna-history's WWI with both an Allied and an Axis perspective. The trilogy has elements of both steampunk and fantasy as well as threading in truths and actual people from history (Westerfeld includes an afterward correcting some of his alterna-history). It was a lively exciting read that I highly recommend to any reader. I gi ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was never able to finish this book.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook, narrated by Alan Cumming.

This is perhaps the third time I've enjoyed this trilogy, but I had the privilege of sharing and enjoying it with my son this time around. It was the first time I'd heard it narrated, and Cumming did a truly marvelous job. I think he really contributed to our enjoyment of the story.

I really enjoyed the steampunk WWI setting, with war machines and fabricated beasties rather than traditional modes of waging war.

Darrin and Alec and the supporting cast were great
Jarrell Imamura
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of The Leviathan.

I think that this book would be good for anyone that enjoys a very suspenseful book. In this book There are two charecters that you see the view points of. It is set in another representation of the world tht would be set around the time between WWI and WWII. The two charecters are Prince Alek and Deryn Sharp. Alek is the son of the Monarch of Austria who is running from his granduncle the ruler of Germany that has mmurdered his family and started a world war.
Glory Jones
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to do a review of the overall series because the books just flow so well together so I don't want to review them individually. This book was just so great it many ways for me and it has certain characteristics that make it even better and set it far apart from a normal world war historical fiction or classic thriller-romance or generic YA post-apocalyptic series.
The Setting:
The setting of the series interests me a lot because although it does take place in World War I, it takes on th
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The one drawback I will say about the series is the fake sailor talk. I understand why it was put it in.
I know for a fact that in inner-city schools in my state if you said those type words you'd be in trouble. But they're not considered bad words in adult life or in general just unpolite. So for fake sailor talk in a young adult book it worked.
Olive Ward
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Leviathan Trilogy is a steampunk/alternate history adventure by Scott Westerfeld. The three books in it are Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath. They are about a boy named Aleksander (Alek), and a girl named Deryn. Alek is an Austrian prince, and he has to run away from the palace when both his parents are killed for unknown reasons. Since Alek’s mother is a commoner, he is not, in fact, the heir to the throne. Deryn Sharp is a Scottish girl who pretends to be a boy in order to join the British ...more
Ji Ho
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Ji Ho Lee, Shekou International School at Shenzhen, Shekou.

Never in my wildest imagination would I believe that two simple characters, who are nothing but a blip in the war, would shift the tension of the battlefield. The novel Goliath, the conclusion to the Leviathan Trilogy, by Scott Westerfeld is a historical fiction which explores what could and might have happened in the vigorous battlefield of the First Great War. Alek, the prince, and Deryn, a simple commoner in an airship, w
Shelby Suderman
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those trilogies that I wish I'd gotten to so much sooner.

The Leviathan trilogy takes place in a steampunk alternate history of World War 1, and much of what happens is inspired by the real-life events and the political upheaval as it unfolded during The Great War. It's not exactly the way it unfolded in our world, plenty of events play out differently, and that's in large part due to our main characters and the advanced steampunk technologies. Really, it's more like the war of th
Max Maher
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
SPOILER ALERT The Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld was a great book set in the time period of World War I. Alek's Austrian parents were murdered by Germans (who made it look like Serbia had done it) to start World War I. He goes to a hide out in a machine with four of his former tutors. Deryn, a girl dressed as a boy who wants to join the air force is saved by an enormous airship called the Leviathan when she is caught out in a storm on a "Darwinist" creation. She stays on the ship until it crash l ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
The Leviathan Trilogy is set in an alternate Earth scenario where Darwin has discovered the missing DNA link which allows us to meld and minipulate biological beings into useful tools like weapons and airships such as The Leviathan ofcourse there are detractors who would rather rely on machines and it is very believablke as the two theologies and there ‘machines’ are well devided by countries and National doctrines – much like religion did for many hundreds of years, (and in some place
Bailey Boelens
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These books can really only be review properly as a whole series. Not because the individual stories only lead up to the third one, but because each part are good on their own and build up to a really great payoff. It uses a dual-first person perspective of writing, bouncing back between the two main characters, Deryn Sharp, and Aleksander. Alek is a sheltered prince from Austria and Deryn is poor girl from England, and because of this unusual partnership, it keeps you wanting to turn the page. ...more
Tchula Ripton
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Do the following ideas appeal to you: alternate World War I history; steampunk complete with German machinists (Clankers) v. British biologically engineered war animals (Darwinists), a girl disguised as a boy (to join the Royal Air Force, of course!), an Austrian Prince in exile, and travels to Austria, Switzerland, Istanbul, and Siberia? If so, The Leviathan Trilogy is the series for you!

Nicely illustrated with pictures of the various machines and animals, not to mention devious inventors, and
Chris Halkovic
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The Leviathan” is a very well written story of a Prince named Aleksander and a girl named Deryn who is posing as a boy to get into the air force. It is set in a steam punk Victorian era all around Europe. A war has broken out between those who use mechanical engineering known as clankers and those who use genetically mutated animals known as beasties. Alek and Deryn eventually meet each other due to the circumstances.
My favorite part of “The leviathan” is when Alek is tricked into a stormwalke
So I had to read a YA series for my Master's class and I choose Leviathan, Behemoth and Goliath because it was related to World War I.
This is a sorta historical, sorta fantasy, sorta steampunk story about a girl named Deryn that dresses up as a boy to help the British side of World War I. She/ he meets Aleksander who is related to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. So like the real World War I there are the two sides of the European conflict except in their version there are the Darwinists, who use s
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio versions of these books read by the Tony-award winning actor Alan Cumming, and there aren't words to express how much I enjoyed them. I loved Scott Westerfeld's characters and the world he constructed. (Barking spiders, but do I want a perspicacious loris of my own!!) But Alan Cumming's performance of the books is spectacular. He is a most amazing actor, and I feel lucky that he did this audio book gig.
Shahinaz Es
These books are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!
Before I found the LEVIATHAN trilogy, I had completely given up on young adult books. I hate the lame mainstream books, like the Hunger Games and John Green's books crap (though I kinda liked Harry Potter).

I found out about these books while surfing the web, looking for books that had Nikola Tesla as a character. Then I found this, and was very intrigued by the title, so I did some research. After a few weeks, I bought them, and I wasn't disappointing at al
Daniel Brudniak
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-3
I liked the main character because through the whole book he was making the decisions and also was adapting to every type of situation. I can't relate to him because he was ambitios to what they where doing at that time. Also he was part of a royal family. The character seemed real because it was used from the real world. The main character was a mix from the royal family with the 3 kids personalitys and characteristics.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite series. It has historical fact mixed with fiction that creates a series unlike any other. This series kept me intrigued and on the edge until the very end. The story itself is quite complicated in that history is blurred by fantastical machines and beasts. The details and even illustrations keep you intrigued and suspended while the unique characters go on an adventure unlike any other.
Cholphop Ars gpetia
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 i love it all!!! 'cept the detail...too many freaking detail about the beast and the machine it's hard for non english reader to understand all of it. i have to use my imagination really hard in this series. hahaha
Regina Durst
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Note: I need to buy Goliath to complete my set!)
REALLY enjoyed these. Whole childish, I thought they were amazing mind experiments, what with made-up, clever animals and alternate history. This is a unique trilogy and I hope to find more like it.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked how Scott Westerfield incorporated beasties and clankers with the war but I was very confused about the beastie and clanker jargon. It was boring because the story didn't develop well and the only reason why I finished it was because I had to for school.
I wouldnt recommend it
Aaron Farr
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Could not put it down till all 3 where done!!
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A decent ending. Not going to spoil it.
Cheriee Weichel
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fine series of books.
Kevin Hull
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Highly imaginative and fun young adult adventure series set in a WW1-era alternate history. Recommended for any audience, but a definite must for fans of dieselpunk and steampunk.
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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.

Other books in the series

Leviathan (3 books)
  • Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
  • Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
  • Goliath (Leviathan, #3)
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