Monday, October 24, 2011

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Book Jacket

Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.


The end of Deryn and Alek's story!  Their journeys through an alternate reality of the early 20th century have made me far more interested in WWI, science and genetics, and machinery than any class ever did.  Such is the power of fiction.

The Leviathan continues to be the coolest flying ship in all existance, traveling through Siberia, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.  Famous people from that time period make appearances, as well as some of my favorite minor characters from the first two books in Westerfeld's series.

The adventure is high, but I was more interested in our main characters.  I couldn't wait to find out if Deryn would share her secrets or if they would be revealed without her consent.  I wanted to know how Alek would grow into his role as prince.  I wanted to see if the two of them could make some kind of future together, or if their incredibly different stations in life would hold them apart.  When these questions were answered, I was sometimes surprised but always happy.  This is an excellent end to an excellent series! 

Oh, and I really want a perspicacious loris of my own.

Five out of five mad geniuses.

Release Date:  September 2011
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: YPL WES

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