Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mike Suggests the Leviathan Trilogy

Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

A fantastic mashup of revisionist history, steampunk, and Young Adult literature, Westerfeld's Leviathan Trilogy is two installments into the story and is a ripping good yarn. Readers are along for a wild ride with Dylan (real name Deryn), a young woman who has disguised herself as a young middie (midshipman) and infiltrated the men-only ranks of the British Royal Air Force, and Alek, son of the assassinated Austrian Archduke who is on the run from the war-hungry German forces. Westerfeld is masterful at placing these youths into a fast-paced narrative where they're helping determine the course of events of the Great War; so masterful that I can't imagine the third book falling flat because there's still so much left unresolved at the end of the second.

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