Thursday, December 2, 2010
Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: YA, Steampunk
From: I bought it, yep.
I'm really enjoying this series about an alternate WWI. This book continues the adventures of Alek and Deryn as they get themselves mixed up in all sorts of trouble surrounding the political intrigue of this war. As was established in the first book, Leviathan, Alek is a "clanker" meaning he relies machines. Deryn, however, is a Darwinist, meaning she mostly believes in the "beasties" that have been created to do the work of machines. It's all very fascinating stuff really, especially the beastie stuff.
Anyway, Deryn now knows all of Alek's secrets, but he does NOT know hers. This bugged me. I was really disappointed the big reveal did not happen yet. Dang, is that a spoiler? But yeah, hello. I think it's time he knows!!
For the most part, I really enjoyed this second book. It had moments were it dragged a bit for me. My eyes have a tendency to glaze over at all the machine descriptions. It's a good thing there are pictures, or else I really wouldn't be able to get it. Love the pictures! Deryn is an awesome character. Spunk to the nines. And at the end, there's a beastie to fall in love with even. That thingh as a sense of humor like you wouldn't believe. It's really quite a hoot and I look forward to the next book just to see what happens with it and how it fits into to the overall scheme of things. Oh, and to see how Alek takes the big secret and all. Maybe even to see how this particular WWI ends.
Bottom line: I liked it quite a lot.
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