Mini Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Title:  Leviathan
Author:  Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson
Series:  Leviathan #1
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  October 6, 2009
Pages:  434
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Steampunk, Alternate History

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.”
My rating for Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld:
4 big stars.  I loved the world that these characters lived in, with all the machines and fabricated animals, and the illustrations were fantastic.  I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    May 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    See, I just couldn't get into this book, despite the awesome narration of Alan Cummings. I prefer Gail Carriger for my steampunk dosage. But I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'm definitively giving the author a few more chances.

  2. Brandi Kosiner

    May 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    The characters sound great. For some reason this hasn't appealed to me until now.

  3. Aimee (Deadly Darlings)

    May 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    This one was a pretty interesting book for me, too! I loved the map in the beginning as well. =)

  4. Alex Villasante

    May 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I LOVED the entire trilogy – I mean, I devoured it. Also, I was listening to the audiobooks which are narrated by Alan Cumming and he's so freaking fantastic (does all the accents, all the voices) that I couldn't help but become obsessed. Wait till you get to book two and perspicacious becomes your favorite word ;)

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