Mini Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Author: Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson
Series: Leviathan #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
I really enjoyed Leviathan, but I ended up not taking too many notes, so I thought I’d just write a mini review and share some of those notes with you:
- 50,000 bonus points for the map in the front of the book.
- Beautiful illustrations throughout, although I kind of feel like Alek and Deryn look a bit too similar.
- Some strange slang I don’t understand.
- Some repetition.
- I don’t like lizards, but I want a message lizard!
- Great suspense, especially near the end.
- Favorite line: “Even if none of it was Alek’s doing, tragedies always scattered seeds of guilt in bucketfuls.”