A Likely Story Book Club: October 2016 Book Selection
Oct 3 2016
Announcing: October’s Book Selection!
I’m excited about this one!
by Scott Westerfeld
Described as a young adult, steampunk, alternative history adventure, Leviathan reimagines WWII from the perspective of teenage Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand of Prussia.
It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.
Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure….One that will change both their lives forever.
I read Scott Westerfeld’s dystopian Uglies series and enjoyed it quite a bit even though dystopian novels aren’t my usual go-to genre. I found Westerfeld’s world building excellent and his pacing and characterization appealing. When Leviathan, also by Westerfeld, came highly recommended by one of my favorite librarians who loves fantasy and YA novels as much as me, I was sold. I’m also new to steampunk novels, having only recently read (and loved) Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas novels, a much more steamy romance take on the genre, so reading steampunk as YA intrigued me.
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