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Behemoth (Leviathan #2)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  30,647 Ratings  ·  2,390 Reviews
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war
Hardcover, 481 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2010)
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YA fanatics...Scott Westerfeld got it very, very right in this smart, slickly crafted re-imagining of World War I.

There are a host of inventive creations in this book full of "nicely done," but I want to run the highlighter over the two primary world-building concepts (i.e., The Clankers and the Darwinists) because they really struck me as swelling with genius, and their engorgement was made all the more pronounced by the art, which is impeccableness itself).

First, the DARWINISTS. So in this a
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A Review in the Classic Style

Behemoth is the second book in Westerfeld's steampunk adventure series for the little ones. It continues at breakneck pace, following its plucky young protagonists as they hurtle through misadventure, politics, and just the teensiest bit of lovelorn longing, all taking place in an alternate World War I-era Ottoman Empire (vividly and vibrantly depicted as a near-ideal melting pot of cultures). All of the tropes of steampunk remain firmly in place. Overa
This series...

God damn, this series.

I want to go sing its praises across campus, to haul people down to the library and shove copies of Leviathan into their hands, to wander the country like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed scattering lovely books wherever I go.

Okay, not so much that last one. But you get my point.

But anyhow. I was quite content with the first book, but I'm elated about this one. It's one of those fabulous novels in which it's not just the characters who mature and grow (as all cha
A delightful sequel to the author’s “Leviathan”, an alternative history fantasy that pits the machine-oriented Clankers (Germans and Austro-Hungarian Empire) against biotechnology dominated forces of the Darwinists (Brits and French). Our teen heroes are Deryn, a girl posing as a boy (Dylan) to serve as a midshipman aboard the British bio-airship/dirigible, and Alek, son of the assassinated Serbian Archduke Ferdinand, on the run from the Germans who engineered the murder in this version of histo ...more
Please Note: This review will contain mild spoilers for Leviathan so if you know want to know zilch avert your eyes please.

“Do I look like a ninny?” she asked Alek.
“You do indeed, Mr Sharp.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I’m not supposed to be buying any more books until after Christmas... *bites nails* but this series is just too good. It would be a crime not to buy the final book, wouldn’t it?

High Points.
Ninnies. Dummkopfs. Mr Sharp. Beasties. Bovril. Lilit. Costanipole Istanbul.
I think Bovril counts as an excuse to add a book to my "talking cats" shelf. ;)

Also, I am going to try to add some images to my review for the vewy first time, so please bear with me...

Behemoth was even better than Leviathan. Why?

1. First up, Alek is my fave still. He was a little less pathetic in this book than the first, which was good and bad. Good because he was taking charge of his life in a way that made me want to stand up and cheer, bad because I thought his snobbishness was super amusin
Everley Sharp, the Clankinist
DERYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *grumbles to self about how stupid girls are who are pretending to be boys and don't tell the guy they love that they're actually not a guy when they have a chance to because he's telling her about how a girl seems to have a crush on her*
Jan 04, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh, problemi iz prošle knjige su preneti i ovamo: slabi karakteri koji se i dalje više ponašaju kao idioti u svojim akcijama i razmišljanju. Onda imamao priču koja jeste zanimljiva ali dosta ... naivna i brzo i likovi lako preživljavaju sve probleme. Sa druge strane sam svet je i dalje fenomenalan, art u knjizi je isto odličan i atmosferu koju stvaraju je takva da vas prosto drži prikovanom da čitate. I sam stil je lak za čitanje, radnja se fino prati, akcija je odlično opisana.

Sve u svemu bil
Feb 27, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing
YA steampunk (I finally figured out the name of this genre) is engaging. We see Istanbul get quite a bit of notice here. Even though I can't remember hearing too much about Istanbul in history I think it fit pretty well. Most authors I think pick places like Germany, France, and Great Britain as the setting in their books for the WWI era but Istanbul is a place I've neither seen nor heard much about. I knew it was in Turkey *shrug*. And even if Westerfeld changed some of the history (so to speak ...more
3 stars

This is another fun, fast-paced adventure with Deryn and Aleksandr in the futuristic alternate World War I history first introduced in Leviathan. I enjoyed this story just as much as the first installment; I think that my slight lessening of enthusiasm might actually relate to this book’s heavy focus on the Clankers and their technological marvels. I found the Darwinists far more interesting – luckily it seems like the next book is heading into Darwinist Japan (Darwinists and Japan? Yay!
My wife and I are both massive bookworms at heart. Two small children and a puppy, and a mountain of DIY/refurbishment to do restrict our reading to a book a week, rather than the book a day we'd prefer!

Ever since our youngest was born, my wife has felt kind of frazzled! There's just so much to do and her attention span for complex novels has deteriorated. She wants 'popcorn' reads.

I've been sitting there going, "Read Leviathan. Read Leviathan. It's exactly what you want. You'll love it. Read L
Sep 19, 2013 Denisse rated it really liked it
4.5 of holly shit this was amazing
Really good sequel.

Muy bueno, al igual que el primero, te mantiene leyendo ya que cada capitulo hay mas y mas y mas acción, en verdad, estos personajes no tienen descanso jamas!

Creo que las ilustraciones en este libro fueron mucho mejores, ya que vemos mas maquinas que personas en ellas, lo cual es genial ya que es muy difícil de verlas en tu mente, aunque como que me esperaba al Behemoth mas impactante, osea te hablan de el desde el principio del libro, la gra
Jan 24, 2014 Anirudh rated it it was ok
Behemoth, the second installment in the series was a letdown compared to it's predecessor. Even the wonderfull world of clankers and beasties could not improve the story and narration.

The novel is set immediately after the end of book one and we travel to Istanbul to witness a revolution. The plot was interesting and captivating for the most part. There are however, many things which are questionable.

As this is a YA and the readers targeted are young minds the author doesn't spend much time to m
Nov 29, 2010 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Alek and Deryn grow closer in their friendship and much to Deryn/Dylan’s horror, she worries about feeling more than that. Near the last half of B, someone else enters the picture. (Let's just say that that was different.) One of the funnier parts of the book was when Deryn thinks she's going to get a declaration of love from him; she doesn't.

Alek takes a more active role in this book. In the first he was rescued, manipulated into driving a walker. Here most everything that happens to him is bec
Megan Baxter
Aug 08, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it liked it
The continuing adventures of naval crew and girl-in-disguise Deryn and secret-heir-to-the-Austro-Hungarian-Empire Alex. This time, in Istanbul! With a continued mix of steampunky ships and genetically engineered beasties, including giant airships. And bats who poop razors. Plucky kids in their early teens, battling to take down empires!

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meant
May 14, 2014 Johanna rated it really liked it
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Apr 02, 2010 AH rated it really liked it
Steampunk with an alternative history of WWI.

What happens when an author takes a historical event like WWI and tweaks a few little details? Let’s just say he adds a few imaginative gadgets, contraptions, and “beasties.” What if the main characters are both orphans with secrets?

Behemoth is the second book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. Set during WWI, the world is a little askew. The Allies (mostly the British) are known as the Darwinists. All of their weapons and machinery are organic
Dec 03, 2010 Lauredhel rated it it was amazing
Behemoth is the second book in Westerfeld's WWI steampunk Clankers vs Darwinists alt-U romp. It's packed full of Bechdelicious goodness, from the main character (a cross-dressing midship(wo)man for the Darwinists), to a Turkish anarchist revolutionary, to a rather splendid and dapper "lady boffin" and a Nene with an interesting mobility device.

Behemoth is a whole pile of fun, has a heap of marvelous critters and machines, and has as a bonus plenty of fabulous black and white illustrations that
Maxi (slothreads)
Nov 14, 2014 Maxi (slothreads) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
*3.5 stars*

This series is getting better and better! Behemoth was action-packed and I couldn't stop reading, so so so good. I'm also slowly trying to be more attached to the characters, I still had some problems with it. But so far so good, can't wait to read the last book!
¡Alucinante! ¡Mejor que el primero!

Continuamos a bordo del Leviathan , retomando la misión diplomática de la Doctora Barlow en el Imperio Otomano. Luego de un conflicto en el Mediterráneo con los buques alemanes: Breslau y Goeben, finalmente llegan a la cosmopolita Estambul. Solo para descubrir que está fuertemente influenciada por el Kaiser.

Alek, viéndose arrinconado, decide escapar del Levithan y se une al Comité para la Unión y el Progreso, que planea una revolución para derrocar al sultán.
Lyle Kimo Valdez
Nov 03, 2010 Lyle Kimo Valdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, steampunk, favorites
Behemoth in two words: Barking awesome! ^__^

Westerfeld has crafted an amazing story, accessible to children and adolescents, but with gems for adults as well. These books are the sort a child might read as a grand adventure story, and when they return later, a little older and wiser, and they may well be struck by how stark its themes truly are. There is a lot of care taken in explaining the underlying tensions that would erupt into the Great War, using simple enough terms to illustrate the poli
Loistava kirja. Aivan loistava.

Tämä trilogia, hyvät ihmiset, on yksi luovimpia mitä olen ikinä lukenut. Leviathan oli hyvä, mutta Behemoth on erinomainen. Juoni vei mukanaan alusta asti ja olin täysin investoitunut tarinaan. Se täytyi lukea mahdollisimman nopeasti loppuun.

Deryn ja Alek all the way! Nämä kaksi ovat täydellisiä toisilleen! Alek tosin luulee Deryniä edelleen pojaksi ja kutsuu tätä Dylaniksi ja Deryn puolestaan kammoaa ajatusta kertoa totuus Alekille, koska pelkää menettävänsä tämän
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Without a doubt, Westerfeld's Leviathan was one of my favourite books from last year, so when the second book came out I ordered it straight away - I just had to get it in my hands. I'm not going to give much of a plot summary if I can help it; I don't want to spoil it or provide too many details. Always hard to discuss successive books in a series!

Behemoth begins more-or-less straight after Leviathan ended, with the air ship and its heroes, Deryn (still disguised as a boy called Dylan) and Alek
Gabriela Paige
Jul 18, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I gobbled this book up in about three days!!! It was great. I am really excited and interested to see how this trilogy ends. So much has happened since the end of Leviathan.

The First Lord of the Admiralty has "borrowed" the Osman and its companion (known only as the Behemoth) from The Ottoman Empire. To keep the peace between England and The Ottoman Empire so that The Ottoman Empire doesn't join Germany's (the Clankers') side in the war, Dr. Barlow is taking fabricated eggs to the Sultan. After
Lars Guthrie
Apr 02, 2011 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
If there is any fault with the second book in the ‘Leviathan Trilogy,’ it’s that it would be difficult to read it as a stand alone. Reading ‘Leviathan’ before ‘Behemoth’ is as close to essential without being absolutely necessary as you can get.

Is that a fault? Not if you like series. Not if you like alternate history. Or slam-bang excitement, exotic locales, and nail-biting suspense. Westerfeld delivers.

Readers may come away from ‘Behemoth’ knowing more about the jury-rigged system of alliance
Rachel Hartman
Dec 26, 2011 Rachel Hartman rated it really liked it
First things first: am I the only person in the world who puts the accent on the first syllable? BEE-he-moth? Really? What's the matter with everyone?

Secondly: This is another one of those books (see also: the entire Percy Jackson series) that gets four stars because I'm averaging out my son's and my responses. He would give this five stars, no question; it's a solid three from me. This reminds me a lot of Westerfeld's Uglies series, insofar as the second book really rides on the strengths of th
Aug 15, 2010 Hope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Full review to come when I have time to write it, but for now, here's...


- The Clanker's steampunk monstrosities and the Darwinist's genetically-manufactured Beasties are incredibly imaginative
- Many fascinating characters, especially Deryn & Alek
- Story is very fast-paced and exciting
- Mythology of this alternate history is enthralling

- Ultra-convenient plot-twists can be hard to swallow at times
- Considering the great chemistry be
Jun 25, 2011 Freckles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. To bylo teda něco. Přečetla jsem to za méně než 24 hodin. A bylo by to ještě míň, kdybych nemusela jít spát. Dvacet stránek mi uběhlo rychle, jako by jich bylo pět. Co jiného, než plných 5 hvězdiček? Co jiného, pro tuhle úžasnou knihu?
Aug 22, 2014 Filipe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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“Alek was right behind her now, his body pressing close as he adjusted her sword arm. She hadn't realized this fencing business would be so touchy.

He grasped her waist, sending a crackle across her skin.

If Alek moved his hands any higher, he might notice what was hidden beneath her careful tailoring.

“Always keep sideways to your opponent,” he said, gently turning her. “That way, your chest presents the smallest possible target.”

“Aye, the smallest possible target,” Deryn sighed. Her secret was safe, it seemed.”
“She smiled, turning toward Alek. "You don't know what a friend you have in Dylan.” 52 likes
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