Book: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
For: Take Another Chance Challenge
From: I bought it!
I bought this one with Christmas money, and then made it fit it to my Take Another Chance Challenge for Part Six of that challenge which says:
Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
Go to this list of book genres and pick a genre that you have NEVER read before. Find a book from that genre, read it, and write about it. Note: If you seriously cannot find a genre that you have never read, then pick the genre that is as far away from what you normally read.
So I've been hearing everyone talk about this book and how it's "steampunk" , which is a genre I'm pretty sure I've never read. But what's steampunk anyway? I'd consider it a SF sub-genre actually, where it's basically a cross between historical fiction and science fiction... a story that takes place in the past yet has strange interesting science fiction-y aspects to it.
This particular book is about the beginning of WWI, after the arch duke gets killed, and his teenage son is running for his life. So part of the story follows his adventures. The other part follows a girl who pretends to be a boy so she can enlist into the military and fly! She ends up on the Leviathan which is a huge flying ship of a sort you've never seen before! Very cool. And of course, their paths cross and things just get going when the book ends! Ugh. Frustrating.
I enjoyed the uniqueness of this book, but once again, I yearned for the character relationship parts, and felt a little glassy-eyed whenever all the ship/technology description parts were the focus. Even if the ship was cool... I just wanted more people talk!
This book also has pictures! I loved that. There were times when they were totally necessary to help visualize what was being described. I mean, even though this was "in the past", the stuff going on was totally foreign.
In the end, it appears I'm hooked to yet another series! I have to know what happens to these guys.
Bottom line: I liked it a lot.
For more on author Scott Westerfeld (most well-known for the Uglies series) check out his official website here.
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