The Resource Leviathan, written by Mr. Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Mr. Keith Thompson

Leviathan, written by Mr. Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Mr. Keith Thompson

Label
Leviathan
Title
Leviathan
Statement of responsibility
written by Mr. Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Mr. Keith Thompson
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Language
eng
Summary
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 engineered beasts
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Award
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2009.
  • Locus Young Adult Book Award, 2010.
  • Westchester Fiction Award, 2010.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2009.
Review
  • Grades 7-10 Instead of the Victorian era most often found in the steampunk genre, Westerfeld sets his new series in a Europe hovering on the edge of World War I. The ingenious premise is that Europe is divided not only into traditional historical camps, but also into Darwinists, who genetically manipulate animal “life-strands” into beasts and even whole self-contained ecosystems with wondrous capabilities, and Clankers, whose imposing constructions of metal and gears are a marvel of technological wizardry. Deryn Sharp, from Darwinist England, disguises herself as a boy to enlist on the Leviathan, a flying whale-ship, while Prince Alek, recently orphaned son of Archduke Ferdinand, finds himself on the run in a sort of walking Clanker tank. The plot is boosted almost entirely by exciting and sometimes violent fight sequences, but reading about (and seeing, thanks to Thompson’s ample, lavish, and essential illustrations) the wildly imaginative creatures and machines provides nearly as much drive. Fans of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines (2003) or Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn (2004) will be right at home in Westerfeld’s alternate reality. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 08-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 22, p58)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up— This is World War I as never seen before. The story begins the same: on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated, triggering a sequence of alliances that plunges the world into war. But that is where the similarity ends. This global conflict is between the Clankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of new species. After the assassination of his parents, Prince Aleksandar's people turn on him. Accompanied by a small group of loyal servants, the young Clanker flees Austria in a Cyklop Stormwalker, a war machine that walks on two legs. Meanwhile, as Deryn Sharp trains to be an airman with the British Air Service, she prays that no one will discover that she is a girl. She serves on the Leviathan , a massive biological airship that resembles an enormous flying whale and functions as a self-contained ecosystem. When it crashes in Switzerland, the two teens cross paths, and suddenly the line between enemy and ally is no longer clearly defined. The ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel, and that's a good thing because readers will be begging for more. Enhanced by Thompson's intricate black-and-white illustrations, Westerfeld's brilliantly constructed imaginary world will capture readers from the first page. Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO --Heather M. Campbell (Reviewed September 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 9, p176)
  • /* Starred Review */ Launching a planned four-book series, Westerfeld (the Uglies series) explores an alternate 1914 divided between Darwinists, who advocate advanced biotechnology, and Clankers, masters of retrofuturistic mechanical engineering. Austria-Hungary's Prince Aleksandar is whisked away into the night by trusted advisers; he soon learns that his parents, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Countess Sophie, have been murdered and that he has been targeted by prowar Germans. Half a continent away, Deryn Sharp successfully passes as a young man to join the British Air Service; her bravery during a catastrophic first flight aboard a genetically enhanced jellyfish (“The creatures' fishy guts could survive almost any fall, but their human passengers were rarely so lucky”) earns Deryn a post on the living airship Leviathan . The fortunes of war lead Aleksandar and Deryn to the Swiss Alps, where they must cooperate or face destruction at the hands of the Germans. The protagonists' stories are equally gripping and keep the story moving, and Thompson's detail-rich panels bring Westerfeld's unusual creations to life. The author's fully realized world has an inventive lexicon to match—readers will be eager for the sequels. Ages 12–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 24, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 34, p62)
  • /* Starred Review */ The fate of many rests in the hands of an Austrian schoolboy and a British airman, both in disguise. Alek is the son of the recently assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, hiding from European nations hostile to his father. Midshipman Dylan is really Deryn, a girl passing as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service. Alek has fled home in a steam-powered Stormwalker, one of the great manned war machines of the Central Powers. Meanwhile, Deryn's berth is on a massive airbeast, a genetically engineered hydrogen-breather, one of the Darwinist ships of the Allied Powers. The growing hostilities of what is soon to become the Great War throw the two together, and Darwinists and Clankers must work together if they all want to survive. Two Imperial forces meet, one built with steam and the other built with DNA, producing rich, vivid descriptions of the technologies that divide a continent. The setting begs comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Oppel and Naomi Novik, but this work will stand—or fly—on its own. (Science fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
326937
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Westerfeld, Scott
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 12 up
  • Young Adult
Interest level
  • MG
  • MG+
LC call number
PZ7.W5197
LC item number
Lev 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.3
  • 5.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1982-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Thompson, Keith
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Leviathan
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Princes
  • Genetic engineering
  • Imaginary creatures
  • Princes
  • Genetic engineering
  • War
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Genetic engineering
  • Princes
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Leviathan, written by Mr. Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Mr. Keith Thompson
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Publication
Note
Color map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn290477162
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
440 pages
Isbn
9781448729722
Lccn
2009000881
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781416971733
Other physical details
illustrations, color map
System control number
(OCoLC)290477162
Label
Leviathan, written by Mr. Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Mr. Keith Thompson
Publication
Note
Color map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn290477162
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
440 pages
Isbn
9781448729722
Lccn
2009000881
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781416971733
Other physical details
illustrations, color map
System control number
(OCoLC)290477162

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