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Behemoth

(Leviathan #2)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  35,536 ratings  ·  2,612 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
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Hardcover, 481 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stephen
YA fanatics...Scott Westerfeld got it very, very right in this smart, slickly crafted re-imagining of World War I.
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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
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Kogiopsis
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
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mark monday
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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
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Michael
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
Jo
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?
WOULDN’T IT?!

High Points.
Ninnies. Dummkopfs. Mr Sharp. Beasties. Bovril. Lilit. Costanipole Istanbul.
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Erin
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
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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*
Valerie
Feb 27, 2010 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
Catie
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!
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Clouds
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
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YouKneeK
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Behemoth is the second book in the YA steampunk trilogy, Leviathan. I really don’t have a lot to say about this book, because most of what I said in my review of the first book still applies. Despite a fairly young tone, the story remains interesting, fun, and light, and it has proven to be a good travel read.

I forgot to mention this in my last review, but there is quite a bit of humor as well as some nice banter between characters. This book does add in the inevitable angsty relationship stuff
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K.
7/5/2016
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Leviathan, just like last time. It gets a little bogged down in introducing new characters and in discussing Ottoman politics in 1914. But on the whole, it's an absolute blast and I love it.

3/9/2012
Plot summary: Deryn and Alek are still on board the Leviathan, heading for Istanbul. With hopes of stopping the Ottoman Empire from entering the pending war through a mysterious gift for the Sultan, the stakes for the crew of the Leviathan are high. Whe
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Isamlq
Nov 29, 2010 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
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Lauredhel
Dec 03, 2010 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
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AH
Apr 02, 2010 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
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Anirudh
Jan 24, 2014 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
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Lyle Kimo Valdez
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites, steampunk
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
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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...

DAVE'S FINAL JUDGMENT -

THE DEFENSE
- 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

THE PROSECUTION
- Ultra-convenient plot-twists can be hard to swallow at times
- Considering the great chemistry be
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Megan Baxter
Aug 08, 2014 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
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Alaina
Hello scientific world nerds that understand machinery.. spoiler alert, not me. However, I absolutely loved this audio Behemoth was such a good addition to the Leviathan series. I didn't think it would be possible to love certain characters even more.. but I did.

I feel like this book was less confusing than Leviathan by a mile. I definitely understood everything a little bit easier. HOWEVER, every timed Beastie was mentioned, or however it was spelled (spoiler alert (again): I listened to the au
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Ann
Book TWO in the "Leviathan" series.

This is another intriguing installment and flows seamlessly from the first book.

This story line deals more with the politics of the war than with Walkers and the Leviathan itself. The story centers in Istanbul, which is not yet part of the war, but desired by both sides, and full of its own unrest.

Alek must decide how much involvement he wants to take in the actual shaping of the war, or if he should hide out and wait for it to end before he makes his move. Sim
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Nərmin
Delicious book! Made me interested in history and biology again. Fabricated beasts are especially my favorite part from the book. I also loved the characters immensely, they were so real and unique in their own way. The overall plot was quite exciting and fast paced, apart from the slow beginning. I am giving it 4.5 stars and looking forward to read the last book in the series.
Angela
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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So...I think this might just be better than Leviathan.

Leviathan is a must-read before you tackle this monster book. The story begins in the middle of the day on the great airship Leviathan but within a few pages, a battle is raging, and there's no time to explain to newcomers what is going on - that Dylan and Deryn are, in fact, one person and the feminine pronouns are no mistake; that Alek is actually Prince Aleksander, heir to the recently-assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand; and why the Lev
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Joe
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you have never read a book by Scott Westerfeld, you really ought to. He is the singularly most creative writer in young adult literature bar none. In Behemoth, his sequel to Leviathan, we rejoin Alek, the son of the recently assassinated Franz Ferdinand and secret heir to the Austria-Hungarian Empire and Devyn, the young British air-corps officer with a secret. (She's a GIRL!) In this clever steampunk reimagining of World War One the Central Powers of Europe are known as "Clankers", builders ...more
Ylenia
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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*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!
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
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gabi
Jul 18, 2015 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
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Brigid ✩
Tra la la la la. Well, I honestly don't have much to say. I feel like I've probably exhausted the whole "OMG I LOVE SCOTT WESTERFELD AND EVERYTHING HE WRITES" thing, but *shrugs* OMG I LOVE SCOTT WESTERFELD AND EVERYTHING HE WRITES. I can't say that this series is my favorite of his … I still love Uglies and Midnighters the best. Although, I think these books have the most effective use of world building. (Of course, the world building in Uglies is amazing, too.) I love the idea of this alternat ...more
Mike
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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Mike
The fun and family-friendly sequel to Leviathan, continuing the adventure in Istanbul. Did the audio version, narrated by the multi-talented Alan Cumming.
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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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“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.”
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