Review by Edan
Title: Leviathan (Leviathan Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
During a fabricated WWI, two very different people started their adventures....
Prince Aleksander parents were murdered and this would-be ruler of Austrian-Hungary is forced to flee from his country with a walking war machine and a small band of men. Meanwhile, Deryn Sharp changes her name to Dylan Sharp to become a boy in the British Air Force. This is what she has always wanted, but is always scared of her secret being discovered.
Aleksander is a Clanker, and Deryn is a Darwinist, the two sides of WWI. Clankers use their machines, while the Darwinists use their fabricated animals. These two war torn teenagers each have their own secrets and struggle to become friends under these circumstances. These two opposites are thrown together on a perilous journey aboard a fabricated whale air balloon called the Leviathan....
The Leviathan is a amazing book that let me understand the places of everyone in the real WWI, but also enjoy this new version of it. The ideas were fantastic and the characters each have a strong, understandable personality. By the end, I didn't only know the two main characters personalities, but also their friends and parts of each of their crew. It is a little confusing at parts figuring out who is allies with who and who is enemies, but the author gives it to the reader as easily as he can. I think it would be interesting to read this series then compare them to the real events, people, and machines from history. The author describes all of the creatures and animals as best he can, but the black and white illustrations help understand what everything looks like. Without them, I'm not sure I would of known how to think of the animals and machines. It feels like a Sci-Fi book about a past event, if that makes any sense. This is an amazing, adventurous, imaginative and informative book.