Thursday, September 22, 2011
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
This book is amazing, fantastic, and everything I wanted it to be. The writing was great, there were plenty of surprising twists and turns, and the ending was fairy-tale perfect. You've probably read my praises of the first two, and how much I was waiting on this book, and it turned out perfect! Maybe even better than I expected! Everyone must read this book!
In this book Alek finally (finally) finds out Deryn's secret, which causes some problems. I finished it really quickly, even though it was a big book. It was just un-put-down able! I'll admit, I am sad. This was the last in one of my favorite series...but it was so good! I am actually contemplating re-reading it...
The cool thing about the LEVIATHAN series is it is a mix of historical fiction, steampunk, and fantasy. I am a deep lover of history and fantasy, so I love them. I learn a lot, especially in the afterward, when Mr. Westerfeld explains all f the things he changed. And about the fantasy element? Well, I want a Loris. I mean, what better fantastical beastie can you get?
I give this book a 5/5 and recommend it to everyone! Oh, wait, you want specifics? Well, lovers of steampunk, fantasy, historical fiction, action, adventure, cool beasties, and long awaited romance!