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.

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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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971788
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Leviathan Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
543
Sales rank:
86,208
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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