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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Goliath (Leviathan #3)
by Scott Westerfeld
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-3073-0
Suggested Ages: 12+  (A stronger 10+ could handle)
Release Date: September 20, 2011
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Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous ending to a good series
  • Boys and Girls will equally enjoy the series
  • Incredibly imaginative and unique
  • Delightfully feisty and brave heroine with a wonderful cheeky sense of humour 
  • The Illustrations are worth the price of the book alone
  • Lots of excitement and twists and turns
  • Perfect addition to the steampunk genre for the stronger middle school reader. Also enjoyable for both the younger YA and adult reader
  • As a mom and Library worker I really appreciate the real historical information included at the end of each book in this series. Encourages readers to look into the history that inspired the story
  • I totally wish the Perspicacious Loris were real, a truly delightful fantastical creature
  • Characters are realistic and they develop nicely
  • Loved the dialogues between characters and some of the phrases that Deryn uses'
  • I will definitely be giving this to Jake in about a year to read
The Not so Good Stuff
  • It does get a little dull for me at times with the descriptions of the machinery/beasties, but that will definitely attract the male reader (yes I know its sexist, but it is quite true in most cases)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Then Alex remembered a saying of his father's: The only way to remedy ignorance is to admit it."

"Barking kings!" Deryn shouted. Divine right didn't change the laws of gravity and hydrogen, that was for certain."

"You're right. Killing is ugly, whatever shape it takes. That's why we have to stop this war."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Steampunk, especially those in the middle class early YA range
  • History buffs would get a kick out of it
  • Would highly recommend reading the first two books before you read this, as you might miss out on some things
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

Review of Leviathan (Book #1)
Review of Behemoth (Book #2)

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