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This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Title: Behemoth book two in the Leviathan trilogy book trailer.
Author: Scott Westerfeld. The gist: A cross-dressing love-triangle set smack-dab in the middle of an alternate World War I where it's the Darwinists the British and their allies vs.
Cover art: The spine of the cover matches Leviathan well enough, which is good because the actual cover feels incongruent with a photograph of a face juxtaposed into the beautiful steampunk art. Personally, I would have preferred the character to be sketched in the style of the illustrator, Keith Thompson. I do however like the metallic green color scheme.
Art: The book is illustrated with many black and white drawings by Keith Thompson, as was the first book in the trilogy. However, the second time around the art seems to be more focused on displaying the characters, rather than the wonders of the Clankers and the Darwinists. This feels like a bit of a waste to me because readers are unlikely to need help picturing how a character looks compared to how a giant whale turned into a hydrogen airship might appear or how a train made to look like a dragon with arms would function.
The art is beautifully crafted; however it seems to function more as a picture book than a display of wonders meant to enhance the story. The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite.
The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
The worst part: I hate to say the art, because it in no way detracted from the reading experience, but it didn't quite live up to the standard that Leviathan set. I am a big fan of complementing writing with art and it's especially effective in the genres of speculative fiction, but it's very difficult to get right. Characters: The character development arcs smoothly into the second book which is delightful as long as you've read Leviathan, but may leave something lacking as a stand-alone.
That being said, I can't imagine why anyone would want to read it without Leviathan. Westerfeld writes excellent characters that will appeal to modern readers while also enhancing understanding of the First World War.
Another character worth mentioning is Bovril the Perspicacious Lori, which will quickly become everybody's new favorite pet. Plot: If Westerfeld had taught my history class about World War I it certainly would have been a lot more interesting. Of course there are completely fictional elements to make it a better story rather than a technically accurate one; however the back of the book contains a brief explanation of the actual events.
Woven through the fascinating politics and non-stop action there is also a love triangle. Not one of those new-fangled Twilight triangles either, but a proper mess of things. As in, the girl pretending to be the boy who likes the boy who is actually the prince who would like the girl except he thinks she's a boy so he tells her about the other girl who has a crush on her because she thinks the girl is a boy too Setting: Much of this book is set in an alternate Istanbul, which is hostile territory for the characters and also a refreshing change from some of the more commonly used settings one stumbles across more frequently.
If you are anything like me this also means you will be singing this song the entire time you're reading it. Writing style: Westerfeld is one of those rare breeds of writers who have so mastered the art of storytelling that it is nearly impossible to stay removed enough from the story to focus on the technicalities of writing. The world-building is spectacularly engrossing, all the elements of story are balanced and executed with deft precision, and the dialogue is bound to start new trends among the vocabularies of teens across the nation.
As with Leviathan, my favorite quote continues to be "Oh, barking spiders! In which I babble: Webcomic fans may enjoy this recent guest-strip over at Unshelved by Angela Melick of Wasted Talent, who also did a bonus comic on her own site. Facts about the author: Westerfeld is married to Justine Larbalestier , who is also a brilliant writer. Additional books by author: The Uglies series and the Midnighters series are some of my other favorites, but for a full listing click here. Release date: October Goliath, the final book in the trilogy, is due out in September.
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Patch is a space for neighborhood news. Please keep your replies clean, friendly and factual. Read our community guidelines here. Community Corner 'Behemoth' by Scott Westerfeld Book two in the Leviathan trilogy is a cross-dressing love-triangle set smack-dab in the middle of an alternate World War I, where it's the Darwinists vs.
Genre: Young adult steampunk alternate history The gist: A cross-dressing love-triangle set smack-dab in the middle of an alternate World War I where it's the Darwinists the British and their allies vs.
Summary: The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead. The best part: The story is non-stop awesome. Thank Reply Share. More from Hellertown-Lower Saucon. Patch Community Guidelines Patch is a space for neighborhood news. Read our community guidelines here Reply to this article Reply.
Behemoth is a steampunk novel written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Keith Thompson , and the second book in the Leviathan trilogy. This novel is the sequel to Leviathan and is followed by Goliath. It was released on October 5, There, they become involved in a revolution to overthrow the Sultan. The novel begins with Alek teaching Deryn how to fence on the spine of the Leviathan. However, their lesson is interupted by the attack of a gyrothopter and two German ironclads , the Goeben and the Breslau.
'Behemoth' by Scott Westerfeld
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Title: Behemoth book two in the Leviathan trilogy book trailer. Author: Scott Westerfeld. The gist: A cross-dressing love-triangle set smack-dab in the middle of an alternate World War I where it's the Darwinists the British and their allies vs. Cover art: The spine of the cover matches Leviathan well enough, which is good because the actual cover feels incongruent with a photograph of a face juxtaposed into the beautiful steampunk art.