Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan is the first book in a new series by Scott Westerfeld. It is the story of Prince Alek of Austria-Hungary and Deryn, a girl pretending to be a boy named Dylan so she can join the English Air Service. Their stories collide on an unexpected night in Switzerland.

This is definitely an interesting take on an alternate history of WWI. Although there were some parts of the story that dragged a bit, the book overall was extremely interesting. Westerfeld creates a world where technical and biological engineering has lead to fascinating—and sometimes frightening—developments. At times the creations in his story were a bit out there and it was hard to picture what he was imagining, but then I would turn the page and be enlightened by one of Keith Thompson’s beautiful illustrations.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw the first illustration. When I bought Leviathan, I didn’t realize it was illustrated, and then I came across this amazing picture. I don’t know what caused me to rush through the book more, the fascinating story or knowing in a few pages there would be another incredible illustration.

Thompson’s work was a perfect addition to Westerfeld’s writing. He complimented Westerfeld’s fantastic imagination and helped bring Leviathan to life. I can’t wait to see what the second book brings in story and pictures.

Check out Scott Westerfeld's website where you can read the first chapter of the book and see some of the amazing illustrations that had me so mesmerized.


nat @booklineandsinker said...

i recently saw steph_su tweeting about this book--she loved it and got me interested! now another review! i'm still trying to get ahold of uglies from the library. i took pretties out first, not realizing it wasn't the first book in the series.

i'm adding this to my list! thanks for the reminder. :)

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting this book for months. Maybe it'll be my Christmas present to myself :)

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