LeviathanBook - 2009
From Library Staff
World War I is brewing, and it’s up to Deryn Sharp, who is disguised as a boy, and fugitive Prince Alek, to save the world. Genetically altered animals and super-altered-machines are in constant disrepair, but these two allies are able to power forward while overcoming challenge after challenge. ... Read More »
Giant mechanical walking tanks versus giant genetically-modified flying sea-creatures. Game on!
multcolib_rossb Feb 08, 2015
The first in an instant-classic trilogy, this is World War I as it might have happened if one side had giant mechanical walking tanks (think the AT-ATs from Star Wars) and the other side had giant genetically-modified flying sea-creatures. Somehow Westerfeld makes these wonders, and the character... Read More »
multcolib_kids Oct 29, 2012
In a steampunk version of World War I, Prince Aleksandar escapes the enemies of his father, while Deryn Sharp's bravery earns her a post on the living airship Leviathan.
multcolib_recommends4 Jan 14, 2014
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-... Read More »
From the critics
AgeAdd 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...