by Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
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Description: 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. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.
Mini Book Review: I was surprised how much I enjoyed this 2nd book to the Leviathan trilogy. Behemoth has plenty of non stop action that kept me hooked. I am in awe of Westerfeld's creativity in describing such a fantastical steam-punk world, done is such a thoroughly believable way. As a mom I also appreciated the background history that he puts at the end of each story, really encourages the reader to do some reading into such a momentous time in history. As I mentioned in the review of Leviathan I loved Deryn/Dylan with all her feisty behavior and her delightful way of speaking. Strangely even-though I know the treatment of women is portrayed realistically I do still bristle when women are talked of in a condescending tone by some of the characters. Sorry can't help myself but I cannot wait until Alek figures out that Deryn is a girl - it will be so much fun. The artwork is outstanding even on this Kobo edition, so I will also be purchasing a hard copy for Jake to read in a couple of years. I look forward to reading the final installment of the series. I would seriously recommend this as a class book to be read by the teacher and than discuss the real history with the students . I think it would be a fabulous and fun way to learn history.
I have this on my Kobo and did not have to review it
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