Thursday, July 02, 2009

Teaser: Leviathan

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Publication Date October 2009. Reviewed from ARC from BEA.

Steampunk adventure: What if the two sides of World War I were separated by philosophy and machines, with one side being "clankers" who build steam powered machines and the other being "Darwinists" who manipulate DNA to create new animals who exist just to be beasts of burden?

And let's change history a bit, so that Franz Ferdinand leaves behind a fifteen year old son who just may have a chance at the throne -- and to change history. And let's say a fifteen year old girl has bluffed her way into the British Air Service, posing as a boy.

Put that all together, add Scott Westerfeld as the writer and Keith Thompson as the illustrator, and you get one high-flying adventure.

© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy


tanita✿davis said...

Aaargh! I've just barely heard of this one, and you've got it already!?

I totally should have majored in Library Science. This one sounds deeply intriguing.

Maggie Stiefvater said...


PV Lundqvist said...

I can't wait for this book: Westerfeld is made of awesome, and I love steampunk.

Can't lose.

Cynthia said...

My first steampunk adventure and I must say--whoopie! It was great. As always, Westerfeld creates a vivid and real world, complete with language, technology, and adventures that are specific to that world. So happy I snagged a copy at BEA--what a nice guy too!