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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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May 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: action-adventure, alternative-history, favorites, juv-ya, military, science-fiction, steampunk, re-play

What a great book.

This is an alternative history set at the beginning of WWI. It sets the steampunk Clanker countries of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire against the Darwinist, gene splicing, animal fabricator countries of Great Britain, France, and Russia.

Aleksander is the son of the archduke whose murder started WWI. He is a fugitive, on the run with his swordmaster and his master mechanic in a war machine Clanker.

Deryn is a girl who has passed herself off as a boy and joined the British air service. She ends up aboard one of the great living airships fabricated by splicing together the genetic material of a number of diverse animals.

The art in this book is absolutely fantastic. I loved the technical descriptions of both the Clanker and the Darwinist, animal fabricator technologies. I also really liked the afterword that explained where this book diverges from actual history, and what elements were true historical events and people.

I found the pseudo profanity used by Deryn and the all male air service to be amusing rather than annoying or offensive, but if reading pseudo profanity like, "clart covered bum rag" would turn you off, be aware there is a small to moderate amount of this type of swearing.

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