2013 Sakura Medal Books

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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3 thoughts on “Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

  1. Leviathan was a really fun read for me and I look forward to reading its sequels. The story takes place in an alternate history during the start of World War 1. In this new past, the Central Powers (Clankers) control massive, bulky war machines such as small metal walkers or massive war machines with immense firepower. The Allies, however, have given up these war machines in favor of artificially created organisms that have been adapted for war. Such organisms range from floating, blimp-like hydrogen breathers to a giant squid that can tear a ship in two on command. The new world created by Westerfeld is an intriguing one, and I had a lot of fun drawing parallels between the actual circumstances during WW1 and the ones that were portrayed in the novel. The book centers around two teens from the opposing countries that form a friendly bond and must find a way to work together in such dangerous times. It’s a fun, exciting read that left me looking forward to more.

  2. Usually I am prejudiced against unrealistic parallel-world-history fiction novels, and this book wasn’t an exception. The first few chapters seemed interminable, and the idea of Darwinists vs. Clankers, who both invented unprecedented weapons and machineries, fighting at the time of World War I wasn’t really appealing to me. The story itself was fine, but the writing style lacked elements to make the readers enticed. I wouldn’t recommend this to others, but if someone else wants to try a new kind of science or historical fiction, they might want to try this if they have nothing else to read.

  3. This was the best book ever!
    The way Scott Westerfield was able to re-create WW1 into his own version filled with mechanics and genetically modified animals was really interesting to read about.
    I just can’t wait to read the 2nd and 3rd book!

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