LeviathanBook - 2009
It's 1914 and Europe is on the precipice of war--the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos, Alek, a Royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives. Reprint.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from forces who are attempting to take over the globe with machinery, forms an alliance with Deryn, who is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Simon and Schuster
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.
From Library Staff
This teen steampunk adventure is fast paced and action packed from start to finnish, with a lovable cast of unique characters that have you vying for the second in the series, Goliath.
From the critics
Age SuitabilityAdd Age Suitability
Mr_Bigfoot thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
SB2000 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
QuotesAdd a Quote
" barking machines!" Dylan exclaimed " Didn't I tell you? I've never seen a beastie that couldn't get up on it's own. Well, except a turtle. And one of my auntie's cats."
Alek raised an eyebrow " And I'm sure your auntie's cat would have survived that aerial bomb."
"You'd be surprised. He's quite fat."
"We can conclude, Count Volger, that discussing politics while fencing is idiotic."- Alek after fencing practice with Volger.
"Do you love him?"
Deryn swallowed, then pointed at the screen. "He makes me feel like that. Like flying."
"And a special thanks for not burning up the whole ship. Including yourself, you daft bum-rag."
"No, but have you Clankers ever made a train that can hunt for its own food, or heal itself, or reproduce?"~Dylan (Deryn,) page 273
Oh, I'm always leaving my watch on the tennis courts.
(Alek rolls his eyes)
Violence: This book mentions GUNS!! Which is obviously completely unacceptable, especially for a book about WWI! Soon all the kids in the world will be thinking about guns, and we don't want that to happen, do we?!?! DO WE??!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Coarse Language: Warning: you will be permanently psychologically damaged by the cursewords in this book, such as: barking spiders(gasp!), clart (double gasp!), and ninny. (I fainted when I read that, I can't BELIEVE that the editors actually left that IN there!)
Other: No, it is not a stupid book. It is amazing and well imagined, with great characters and a cool plot.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a lot of fighting in the book nothing to gorey or anything. But it's world war I what do you expect?
SummaryAdd a Summary
Alek and "Dylan" Sharp are thrown together in a race to keep their secrets--one hiding his heritage, the other his --or is it her?-- gender.
Altogether a thrilling steampunk novel.
Prince Aleksander is on the run from the germans. With his parents dead, he flees to a secret safe house in Switzerland.
Deryn Sharp is disguised as a boy named Dylan, so she can fly. When the ship she works on crashes on a Switzerland glacier, things don't look good. Until she meets a mysterious boy named Alek...
Alek is a clanker; Deryn is a darwinist. But when they work together, they might just be able to find a way off of the glacier.
A steampunk fantasy about World War one that never was...