Goliath (Leviathan Series #3)

Goliath (Leviathan Series #3)

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by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson
     
 

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The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).

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

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The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).

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 as it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - BriAnne Baxley MLIS
As the Great War continues on, the Darwinists' ship Leviathan and its crew find themselves headed on another adventure. As the ship crew follows orders to Siberia, Alex, a Clanker prince, and Dreyn, a young girl concealing her true identity, find themselves in the mist of secrets once again. When a strange guest joins the crew on the Leviathan the two friends find themselves taking on heroic feats to protect the things that are important in their lives while they search for the truth. A truth to Alek is the key to finding an end to the Great War; the Great War that his own family began. With its steampunk nature and historical setting, this third book which ends the "Leviathan" trilogy brings those who have joined in the adventure from the very beginning side by side with familiar characters, nonstop action, and new secrets allowing it become another page turner. Reviewer: BriAnne Baxley, MLIS
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The title of this final volume in the trilogy refers to a device created by the mad inventor Nikola Tesla, which he claims can lay waste to entire cities. The story picks up with Alek and Deryn/Dylan traveling in the living hydrogen dirigible known as the Leviathan to Russia under orders to pick up a cargo from the czar, along with Tesla as a passenger. While there are questions about the mysterious cargo and the inventor's wild claims, the real thread of plot here is that Alek finally discovers that Deryn is a girl and has to deal with his conflicted feelings toward her. Deryn, on the other hand, is in love with him, but doesn't believe her love can be returned as she is a commoner. Along with Tesla, a host of other historical figures appear in the plot, including William Randolph Hearst and Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. The Leviathan makes an epic journey from Russia to California, and then to New York, via Mexico, where in a fateful last stand, Alex has to make a decision as Tesla prepares to use the Goliath device to destroy Berlin while the city is under attack by German undersea Walkers. At story's end, Westerfeld's alternate steampunk version of World War I is not over, but Alex and Deryn's life together appears to be just beginning. Goliath delivers some action, thrills, and a satisfying love story, despite some muddled plotting in the middle section. Nonetheless, it is a must-read for fans of the series and of the steampunk genre.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
Kirkus Reviews

The Leviathan trilogy-ender delivers on the promise of the series: thrilling airship battles, world travel, ginormous Tesla coils and a few daring smooches.

A revolution in Istanbul behind them, Alek and Deryn travel wherever the living airship Leviathan is ordered by the British Empire. Deryn knows Alek's secret—that he is heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire—but Alek doesn't know that Deryn is truly a girl. They don't have much time to spare for their own personal soap opera as they freewheel around war-torn continents, from Siberia to Japan to the United States to Mexico. Alek and Deryn escape ravenous fighting bears tall as houses, ride atop a gale-tossed airship and star in motion pictures. The whole is peppered with sagacious statements from the tragically underused Perspicacious Lorises, faux-simple creatures always ready to spout off a wise word or three. This entry is relatively light on the steam-powered clankers and genetically engineered beasties that drove the first two volumes of the trilogy, replacing them with repeated airborne drama. Still, any lost steampunky science is compensated for by nonstop action; it's hard to mind theatrical revelations when they occur in a made-for-CGI storm. Besides, in the midst of all that action Alek learns the art of navigation and how to measure the weight of water; how cool is that?

Madcap adventure ends much too quickly. (Steampunk. 12-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971788
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Leviathan Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
543
Sales rank:
71,237
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.48(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Chapter 1

Meet the Author

Scott Westerfeld’s first book in the Leviathan trilogy was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com.

Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV,video games, and films. Se his works at KeithThompson Art.com.

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Felicia_220 More than 1 year ago
I've read Leviathan and Behemoth, the books preceding Goliath. They were amazing! The idea of an alternate World War I with fabricated beasts and war machines makes an extraordinary read. Along with cross-dressing girls and runaway princes, I'm sure that Goliath will end the trilogy with a bang!
Sporks--_SPORts_and_booKS More than 1 year ago
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. - (Simon and Schuster) you know what that means!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a scientist". Best way to describe this book. Keith, I have a strong felling that if you don't countinue this series, riots will break out, there will be three days of darkness, swarms of locaust, volcanoes, earthquakes, MASS HYSTERIA!!!!!!!!! Pleas take this review seriusly. I am not the only fan that would love to see a WEDDING. Hint, hint, wink, wink. But seriusly this book is great, along with the others in the series. Please countine it with THE SAME CHARACTERS. Thank for your time.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Alek and Deryn have circumnavigated most of the globe aboard the Darwinist airship Leviathan as they try to end World War I. Along the way, perhaps Alek will be able to claim his position as the true heir to Clanker Austria's throne. And perhaps Deryn will finally be able reveal her biggest secrets to Alek, namely that she is not just a girl but that she loves him. But as the Leviathan flies first to Siberia and then over the United States and Mexico, bigger problems arise as Deryn's secrets begin to unravel with alarming speed and Alek turns to a misguided lunatic in his continued efforts to end the War. The truth is supposed to set you free, but will it be enough to not just save Alek and Deryn but also end a war in Goliath (2011) by Scott Westerfeld (with illustrations by Keith Thompson)? Goliath is the phenomenal conclusion to Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy which began with Leviathan and continued in Behemoth. It is also the perfect end to what is essentially a perfect trilogy. Goliath truly exceeded my already very high expectations. I worried about this book. What would happen to Deryn? Where would Alek end up? What about Alek and Deryn together? There were so many potential pitfalls and unfortunate conclusions. Westerfeld avoided all of them. Goliath is a truly satisfying end to a trilogy that was filled with actions and surprises from the very first pages to the very last. The whole series is a must read for anyone interested in speculative fiction, alternate histories or, of course, steampunk. As its dedication suggests, Goliath is also the perfect book for readers who appreciate a long-secret love story finally revealed. Truly wonderful. Possible Pairings: Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Dream Hunter by Elizabeth Knox, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, beautifully written and wonderfully made. Medium lexile and quick read. The covers aren't the best but don't judge them badly because of it. You would be missing out completely. The other books that lead up to this are: Leviathan Behemoth Hope this helps and enjoy the book.
Chessirious More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books. My only problem is that i really really hope that Scotted Westerfeld actually sets the romance instead of hinting towards it at thee end like he does in his other series like Uglies. Deryn and Alec 4ever. When he finds out, i think that a) he'll be very mad b) he'll be very confused c) he wont care because he loves her even though he thought she was a boy d) he'll think she is joking or e) all of the above. E is the easiest answer here, but who knows? Cant wait for the book!
BookwormMama2014 6 months ago
Goliath brought an epic conclusion to the Leviathan Trilogy. I read through this book quicker than the others (and that is saying a lot). As the crew of the Leviathan continue their mission, the action and adventure increases! Tensions rise as secrets long kept come into the light. Alek wants to do the right thing, but is his judgement clouded? If you are looking for something new to read, this trilogy is where it is at! Watching Alek and Deryn learn, grow and mature along this journey was a delight. This is a great story and one that I look forward to revisiting in the future.
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It was an excellent trilogy . :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great and is worth the money I have read it 30+ times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just so you know: Seeing this movie on the "big screen" will shatter the mountains and i will lose my mind and the world will end as we know it. In the worst way possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has a lot of imagination, and interesting characters with compelling development and interactions. The world revealed in these books is fascinating and fully formed, with as many deeply drawn and well woven differences from our world, as there are striking similarities. Although you could say the two main characters have a somewhat unrealistic partnership in the first 2.5 books, during this one they run the risk of turning into a cliché. This book has a few more megalomaniac characters thrown in, and gets a bit crazy before the end. But it continues to deliver well-imagined action, even if the people become a little more one-dimensional.
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My daughter (14 yrs) and I both read this series and really enjoyed them. Great adventure story with two strong characters.
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I need a fourth book.
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I absolutely loved this! I literally could not put this book down! I love how there is romance and tender feelings laced in with the action and great adventure! I have never loved a series more! Both of the authors did an amazing job with this! Perfect. Perfect job. I think the only think that could make it better would be to see this story on the big screen!
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This series is incredibly well-written. I love how everything is semi-historically accurate. I really wished it focused on the romance more, though. And it would be great if the series continued, although the ending was very solid. Ugh, I wish Deryn wasn't taller than Alek. It makes the kiss at the end so much more unromantic - especially when you see the drawing.