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.
About 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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“Siberia,” Alek said. The word slipped cold and hard from his tongue, as forbidding as the landscape passing below.
“We won’t be over Siberia till tomorrow.” Dylan sat at the table, still attacking his breakfast. “And it’ll take almost a week to cross it. Russia is barking big.”
“And cold,” Newkirk added. He stood next to Alek at the window of the middies’ mess, both hands wrapped around a cup of tea.
“Cold,” repeated Bovril. The creature clutched Alek’s shoulder a little tighter, and a shiver went through its body.
In early October no snow lay on the ground below. But the sky was an icy, cloudless blue. The window had a lace of frost around its edges, left over from a frigid night.
Another week of flying across this wasteland, Alek thought. Farther from Europe and the war, and from his destiny. The Leviathan was still headed east, probably toward the empire of Japan, though no one would confirm their destination. Even though he’d helped the British cause back in Istanbul, the airship’s officers still saw Alek and his men as little better than prisoners. He was a Clanker prince and they were Darwinists, and the Great War between the two technologies was spreading faster every day.
“It’ll get much colder as we angle north,” Dylan said around a mouthful of his breakfast. “You should both finish your potatoes. They’ll keep you warm.”
Alek turned. “But we’re already north of Tokyo. Why go out of our way?”
“We’re dead on course,” Dylan said. “Mr. Rigby made us plot a great circle route last week, and it took us all the way up to Omsk.”
“A great circle route?”
“It’s a navigator’s trick,” Newkirk explained. He breathed on the window glass before him, then drew an upside-down smile with one fingertip. “The earth is round, but paper is flat, right? So a straight course looks curved when you draw it on a map. You always wind up going farther north than you’d think.”
“Except below the equator,” Dylan added. “Then it’s the other way round.”
Bovril chuckled, as if great circle routes were quite amusing. But Alek hadn’t followed a word of it—not that he’d expected to.
It was maddening. Two weeks ago he’d helped lead a revolution against the Ottoman sultan, ruler of an ancient empire. The rebels had welcomed Alek’s counsel, his piloting skills, and his gold. And together they’d won.
But here aboard the Leviathan he was deadweight—a waste of hydrogen, as the crew called anything useless. He might spend his days beside Dylan and Newkirk, but he was no midshipman. He couldn’t take a sextant reading, tie a decent knot, or estimate the ship’s altitude.
Worst of all, Alek was no longer needed in the engine pods. In the month he’d been plotting revolution in Istanbul, the Darwinist engineers had learned a lot about Clanker mechaniks. Hoffman and Klopp were no longer called up to help with the engines, so there was hardly any need for a translator.
Since the first time he’d come aboard, Alek had dreamed of somehow serving on the Leviathan. But everything he could offer—walker piloting, fencing, speaking six languages, and being a grandnephew of an emperor—seemed to be worthless on an airship. He was no doubt more valuable as a young prince who had famously switched sides than as an airman.
It was as if everyone were trying to make him a waste of hydrogen.
Then Alek remembered a saying of his father’s: The only way to remedy ignorance is to admit it.
He took a slow breath. “I’m aware that the earth is round, Mr. Newkirk. But I still don’t understand this ‘great circle route’ business.”
“It’s dead easy to see if you’ve got a globe in front of you,” Dylan said, pushing away his plate. “There’s one in the navigation room. We’ll sneak in sometime when the officers aren’t there.”
“That would be most agreeable.” Alek turned back to the window and clasped his hands behind his back.
“It’s nothing to be ashamed of, Prince Aleksandar,” Newkirk said. “Still takes me ages to plot a proper course. Not like Mr. Sharp here, knowing all about sextants before he even joined the Service.”
“Not all of us are lucky enough to have an airman for a father,” Alek said.
“Father?” Newkirk turned from the window, frowning. “Wasn’t that your uncle, Mr. Sharp?”
Bovril made a soft noise, sinking its tiny claws into Alek’s shoulder. Dylan said nothing, though. He seldom spoke of his father, who had burned to death in front of the boy’s eyes. The accident still haunted Dylan, and fire was the only thing that frightened him.
Alek cursed himself as a Dummkopf, wondering why he’d mentioned the man. Was he angry at Dylan for always being so good at everything?
He was about to apologize when Bovril shifted again, leaning forward to stare out the window.
“Beastie,” the perspicacious loris said.
A black fleck had glided into view, wheeling across the empty blue sky. It was a huge bird, much bigger than the falcons that had circled the airship in the mountains a few days before. It had the size and claws of a predator, but its shape was unlike any Alek had seen before.
It was headed straight for the ship.
“Does that bird look odd to you, Mr. Newkirk?”
Newkirk turned back to the window and raised his field glasses, which were still around his neck from the morning watch.
“Aye,” he said a moment later. “I think it’s an imperial eagle!”
There was a hasty scrape of chair legs from behind them. Dylan appeared at the window, shielding his eyes with both hands.
“Blisters, you’re right—two heads! But imperials only carry messages from the czar himself. . . .”
Alek glanced at Dylan, wondering if he’d heard right. Two heads?
The eagle soared closer, flashing past the window in a blur of black feathers, a glint of gold from its harness catching the morning sun. Bovril broke into maniacal laughter at its passage.
“It’s headed for the bridge, right?” Alek asked.
“Aye.” Newkirk lowered his field glasses. “Important messages go straight to the captain.”
A bit of hope pried its way into Alek’s dark mood. The Russians were allies of the British, fellow Darwinists who fabricated mammothines and giant fighting bears. What if the czar needed help against the Clanker armies and this was a summons to turn the ship around? Even fighting on the icy Russian front would be better than wasting time in this wilderness.
“I need to know what that message says.”
Newkirk snorted. “Why don’t you go and ask the captain, then?”
“Aye,” Dylan said. “And while you’re at it, ask him to give me a warmer cabin.”
“What can it hurt?” Alek said. “He hasn’t thrown me into the brig yet.”
When Alek had returned to the Leviathan two weeks ago, he’d half expected to be put in chains for escaping from the ship. But the ship’s officers had treated him with respect.
Perhaps it wasn’t so bad, everyone finally knowing he was the son of the late Archduke Ferdinand, and not just some Austrian noble trying to escape the war.
“What’s a good excuse to pay the bridge a visit?” he asked.
“No need for excuses,” Newkirk said. “That bird’s flown all the way from Saint Petersburg. They’ll call us to come and fetch it for a rest and a feeding.”
“And you’ve never seen the rookery, your princeliness,” Dylan added. “Might as well tag along.”
“Thank you, Mr. Sharp,” Alek said, smiling. “I would like that.”
Dylan returned to the table and his precious potatoes, perhaps grateful that the talk of his father had been interrupted. Alek decided he would apologize before the day was out.
Ten minutes later a message lizard popped its head from a tube on the ceiling in the middies’ mess. It said in the master coxswain’s voice, “Mr. Sharp, please come to the bridge. Mr. Newkirk, report to the cargo deck.”
The three of them scrambled for the door.
“Cargo deck?” Newkirk said. “What in blazes is that about?”
“Maybe they want you to inventory the stocks again,” Dylan said. “This trip might have just got longer.”
Alek frowned. Would “longer” mean turning back toward Europe, or heading still farther away?
As the three made their way toward the bridge, he sensed the ship stirring around them. No alert had sounded, but the crew was bustling. When Newkirk peeled off to descend the central stairway, a squad of riggers in flight suits went storming past, also headed down.
“Where in blazes are they going?” Alek asked. Riggers always worked topside, in the ropes that held the ship’s huge hydrogen membrane.
“A dead good question,” Dylan said. “The czar’s message seems to have turned us upside down.”
The bridge had a guard posted at the door, and a dozen message lizards clung to the ceiling, waiting for orders to be dispatched. There was a sharp edge to the usual thrum of men and creatures and machines. Bovril shifted on Alek’s shoulder, and he felt the engines change pitch through the soles of his boots—the ship was coming to full-ahead.
Up at the ship’s master wheel, the officers were huddled around the captain, who held an ornate scroll. Dr. Barlow was among the group, her own loris on her shoulder, her pet thylacine, Tazza, sitting at her side.
A squawk came from Alek’s right, and he turned to find himself face-to-face with the most astonishing creature. . . .
The imperial eagle was too large to fit into the bridge’s messenger cage, and it perched instead on the signals table. It shifted from one taloned claw to the other, glossy black wings fluttering.
And what Dylan had said was true. The creature had two heads, and two necks, of course, coiled around each other like a pair of black feathered snakes. As Alek watched in horror, one head snapped at the other, a bright red tongue slithering from its mouth.
“God’s wounds,” he breathed.
“Like we told you,” Dylan said. “It’s an imperial eagle.”
“It’s an abomination, you mean.” Sometimes the Darwinists’ creatures seemed to have been fabricated not for their usefulness, but simply to be horrific.
Dylan shrugged. “It’s just a two-headed bird, like on the czar’s crest.”
“Yes, of course,” Alek sputtered. “But that’s meant to be symbolic.”
“Aye, this beastie’s symbolic. It’s just breathing as well.”
“Prince Aleksandar, good morning.” Dr. Barlow had left the group of officers and crossed the bridge, the czar’s scroll in her hand. “I see you’ve met our visitor. Quite a fine example of Russian fabrication, is it not?”
“Good morning, madam.” Alek bowed. “I’m not sure what this creature is a fine example of, only that I find it a bit . . .” He swallowed, watching Dylan slip on a pair of thick falconer’s gloves.
“Literal-minded?” Dr. Barlow chuckled softly. “I suppose, but Czar Nicholas does enjoy his pets.”
“Pets, fah!” her loris repeated from its new perch on the messenger tern cages, and Bovril giggled. The two creatures began to whisper nonsense to each other, as they always did when they met.
Alek pulled his gaze from the eagle. “In fact, I’m more interested in the message it was carrying.”
“Ah . . .” Her hands began to roll up the scroll. “I’m afraid that is a military secret, for the moment.”
Alek scowled. His allies in Istanbul had never kept secrets from him.
If only he could have stayed there somehow. According to the newspapers, the rebels had control of the capital now, and the rest of the Ottoman Empire was falling under their sway. He would have been respected there—useful, instead of a waste of hydrogen. Indeed, helping the rebels overthrow the sultan had been the most useful thing he’d ever done. It had robbed the Germans of a Clanker ally and had proven that he, Prince Aleksandar of Hohenburg, could make a difference in this war.
Why had he listened to Dylan and come back to this abomination of an airship?
“Are you quite all right, Prince?” Dr. Barlow asked.
“I just wish I knew what you Darwinists were up to,” Alek said, a sudden quiver of anger in his voice. “At least if you were taking me and my men to London in chains, it would make sense. What’s the point of lugging us halfway around the world?”
Dr. Barlow spoke soothingly. “We all go where the war takes us, Prince Aleksandar. You haven’t had such bad luck on this ship, have you?”
Alek scowled but couldn’t argue. The Leviathan had saved him from spending the war hiding out in a freezing castle in the Alps, after all. And it had taken him to Istanbul, where he’d struck his first blow against the Germans.
He gathered himself. “Perhaps not, Dr. Barlow. But I prefer to choose my own course.”
“That time may come sooner than you think.”
Alek raised an eyebrow, wondering what she meant.
“Come on, your princeliness,” Dylan said. The eagle was now hooded and perching quietly on his arm. “It’s useless arguing with boffins. And we’ve got a bird to feed.”
© 2011 Scott Westerfeld
Reading Group Guide
A Reading Group Guide to The Leviathan Trilogy By Scott Westerfeld About the Trilogy It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship and the most masterful beast in the British fleet. In this striking, futuristic rendition of an alternate past where machines are pitted against genetically modified beasts, Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides in the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, and together they embark on an around-the-world adventure, one that will change both their lives forever. In addition to the three novels, there is The Manual of Aeronautics, a lavishly illustrated, full-color companion. The Manual of Aeronautics is a guide to the inner workings of the Darwinist and Clanker powers. Loaded with detailed descriptions and elaborate illustrations of Darwinist beasties and Clanker walkers, weapons, transport, and uniforms, this manual highlights the international powers that Deryn and Alek encounter throughout their around-the-world adventures. This guide draws back the curtain and reveals the inner depths of Westerfeld’s fascinating alternative world. Book 1: Leviathan About the Novel Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected ways, taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever. Prereading Activities 1. The Leviathan trilogy is an example of steampunk. Some students may be unfamiliar with steampunk, or they may have read stories or seen films that fit the category but do not realize it. Here is a brief description: Steampunk is a literary genre or sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery inspired by the industrialized Western civilization during the nineteenth century. Such machinery may be fictional like those found in this series by Scott Westerfeld, or in the works of H. G. Wells. See http://www.steampunk.com/what-is-steampunk/ and http://steampunkscholar.blogspot.com/ for further background information and to learn more about Steampunk. Some terms cited in the story will likely be unfamiliar to most readers. Ask readers to use reference books or electronic research sources to find out as much information as they can about the following: boffin, bulbous, emissary, fortnight, iridescent, Luddite, propaganda, skulduggery, solidarity, sustenance, translucent, and tremulous. 2. Have students work in small groups to research and present a multimedia presentation on the causes of World War I. Discussion Questions 1. What is Alek doing at the opening of the story that foreshadows events to come? 2. Why does Alek sleep with a knife under his pillow? 3. What kind of relationship does Alek have with Count Volger and Otto Klopp? 4. What was Alek warned of by his father? 5. What shocking news does Count Volger share with Alek? 6. What is Deryn Sharp’s “mad scheme”? 7. Why are Monkey Luddites afraid of Darwinist beasties? 8. What is unique about the Huxley ascender? 9. Why does Alek refuse to believe his parents are dead? How does Count Volger convince him? 10. What kind of airship is the Leviathan? Why was it fabricated? 11. Why does Count Volger tell Alek he matters more than anyone he knows? How did Alek’s father prepare for the coming war? 12. Why does Alek resent the way Count Volger treats him? 13. What does Alek come to appreciate about his men? 14. What is Alek’s inheritance? 15. How does Deryn convince the Leviathan’s officers to make her a temporary middy on the ship? 16. What does Deryn enjoy most about the bosun’s lectures? 17. Why do fabrications make Midshipman Newkirk nervous? 18. How does Deryn feel about Newkirk’s war talk? 19. Why does Alek doubt the headlines he sees in the newspapers about Europe’s solidarity against Serbia? 20. Who does the Leviathan take aboard as a passenger, and what is its destination? 21. What does it mean that the Leviathan is “aerostatic”? 22. Why is Deryn sent to meet Dr. Barlow? 23. What is Dr. Barlow’s unusual traveling companion? 24. What is Deryn concerned that Dr. Barlow might do? 25. What prevents Alek and the Stormwalker from reaching Switzerland? 26. What does Alek do with his saber? 27. What role do bees have on the Leviathan? 28. Where does Count Volger take Alek? 29. What secrets does Count Volger reveal to Alek at the castle? 30. What is Alek’s reaction to the sight of the Leviathan? 31. What awful stories had Alek heard about Darwinist creations? 32. Under what circumstances do Alek and Deryn meet? 33. Why does Alek say it was “madness to try to cross the gulf between his world and theirs”? 34. How does Alek react when he discovers he is inside an animal? What do Dr. Barlow and Dylan think of his reaction? 35. How is hydrogen for the Leviathan produced? 36. Why is Alek surprised about the Leviathan heading for the Ottoman Empire? Postreading Activities 1. Have students work in small groups to research the following references in the novel and share their findings with the rest of the class: Balkan Wars, battles of Nelson, Charles Darwin, DNA, theories of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Aldous Huxley, Maxim gun, thylacine, and Zeppelins. 2. Look at the map of Europe by Keith Thompson and discuss its symbolism. 3. Create a chronology of events from the story. 4. List what animals are mentioned in the novel and describe their role and/or impact in the story. 5. Compose an acrostic poem describing Darwinist or Clanker. 6. Create a crossword or word search puzzle based on animals, beasties, characters, events, and machines in the novel. See http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/ and http://www.crosswordpuzzlegames.com/. 7. Illustrate a favorite incident or scene from the novel. 8. Retell a favorite episode from the novel in your own words. 9. Create a WANTED poster for Alek. 10. Design a map of Deryn’s and Alek’s respective journeys with captions and images highlighting important events. 11. Identify three problems in the story and explain how they are resolved. 12. Write a “How to” guide for an activity depicted in the story, such as running in a Walker or riding safely in a Huxley. 13. If you included yourself in the story, who would you be? Why? 14. Create thumbnail sketches of characters from Leviathan, including both physical and character traits. Label the character traits you attribute by citing dialogue or events from the story. 15. Write a brief essay in which you explain the differences between Clanker and Darwinist societies. Book 2: Behemoth About the Novel 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. Prereading Activities 1. Some terms cited in the story will likely be unfamiliar to most readers. Ask readers to use reference books or electronic research sources to find out as much information as they can about the following: amenable, automaton, colonnade, conspicuous, countenance, halberd, imperious, impertinence, improvisation, keelhaul, luminous, maelstrom, malady, nascent, parley, perspicacious, primordial, scimitar, sinuous, surreptitious, translucent, tumult, undulating, vitriolic, voluminous, and wan. 2. Have students work in small groups to research and present a multimedia presentation on the major conflicts that occurred in one of the World War I theaters of engagement: Africa, Middle East, Eastern Front, Pacific, and Western Front. Students should cite all sources consulted. Discussion Questions 1. What does Deryn observe about Alek when they are fencing? 2. Why does Deryn think it is unfair to think of Alek as an enemy? 3. Why does Alek have reservations about joining in the attack on the ironclads? 4. What are the fléchette bats? 5. In what way is the Leviathan an ecosystem? 6. What new weapon does Klopp see the ironclad armed with? What can the weapon do? 7. What is the “diplomatic ruckus” that the Leviathan is sent to Constantinople to sort out? 8. What bad news does Captain Hobbes share with Alek? How do Alek and Volger respond to the news? 9. What is Deryn’s impression of Constantinople? 10. According to Dr. Barlow, how are the Ottomans different from other Clankers? 11. In what way are Americans an “odd bunch”? 12. What is “the biggest story in Istanbul”? 13. What does Alek see hatch in the machine room? How is his reaction to it different from other Darwinist creatures? 14. What is Dr. Barlow’s explanation of a behemoth? 15. What prompts Dr. Barlow to gasp in horror in the sultan’s throne room? 16. What offer does Dr. Barlow make to the sultan that shocks Deryn? 17. Why does Alek decide to talk to Malone? 18. Who is Zaven and what group is he a part of? 19. What is important about the Dardanelles Strait? 20. Why does Deryn feel like more of a spy than a soldier? 21. In what way is the Orient Express “a strange crossbreed of Ottoman and German design”? 22. Why is Deryn suspicious of Bovril? 23. Why does Dylan disagree with Alek’s idea of telling the Committee of the new developments? 24. What is Lilit’s plan to destroy the Tesla cannon? 25. Why does Deryn find it “hardest of all . . . being so close to Alek, while still hiding from him”? 26. What does Volger’s news of the pope’s death mean for Alek’s plans? Postreading Activities 1. Have students work in small groups to research the following references in the novel and share their findings with the rest of the class: Winston Churchill, Constantinople, Dardanelles, Gallipoli Campaign, Gibraltar, Guy Fawkes Day, Orient Express, Ottoman Empire, Suez Canal, Nikola Tesla, Young Turks. Students should cite all sources consulted. 2. Look at the map by Keith Thompson and discuss its symbolism. How do the images reflect events in the story? 3. Create a chronology of events from the story. 4. Have students use atlases or globes to locate the places where events in the story occur. 5. Illustrate a favorite incident or scene from the novel. 6. Retell a favorite episode from the novel in your own words. 7. Design a front-page newspaper story chronicling one of the major events in this novel. 8. Write a letter as if you were Deryn to her brother describing some of her adventures. 9. Write a couple of paragraphs in which you predict what will happen in the next novel concluding the trilogy, Goliath. Book 3: Goliath About the Novel 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. Falling in love would be much easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl, 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. Prereading Activities 1. Some terms cited in the story will likely be unfamiliar to most readers. Ask readers to use reference books or electronic research sources to find out as much information as they can about the following: apparatus, ballast, capacitor, disreputable, epaulettes, ferrous, Herculean, inundation, mayhem, phantasmal, precarious, presumptuous, sextant, subterfuge, torrent, truncheon, and yackum. 2. Have students work in small groups to research and present a multimedia presentation on the outcomes of World War I. Students should cite all sources consulted. Discussion Questions 1. Why do the Leviathan’s officers still see Alek and his men as little better than prisoners? Why does he feel like “deadweight”? 2. Why does the appearance of the imperial message eagle give Alek a feeling of hope? 3. What is Alek’s reaction to the sight of the eagle? 4. Why does Alek wish he had stayed in Istanbul? 5. What does the two-headed eagle symbolize? 6. Why does Deryn not want Count Volger to reveal her secret to Alek? 7. Why is the Leviathan heading for Tsingtao? 8. What more is there to the lorises than meets the eye? 9. Who does Deryn discover in the fallen forest? 10. What does Tesla reveal to Deryn about the wrecked airship? How does Deryn react to what he says? 11. Is Tesla able to repulse the bears? 12. What are some things Tesla invented? Why is it significant that he is a Serb? 13. What kind of weapon is Goliath? 14. What is the mysterious object Deryn discovers? Why is it important to Tesla’s invention? 15. What is Alek’s reaction to finding out Deryn is a girl? What does he finally realize about her? 16. How does Alek react to Tesla’s confidence that his weapon will stop the war? 17. How is the United States, as “another half-Darwinist, half-Clanker country,” different from Japan? 18. Why does Deryn think it wasn’t fair of her to kiss Alek? 19. What is Mr. Hearst’s treachery? 20. How does Alek help Deryn keep her secret? 21. Why does Alek choose not to say anything about Deryn to Eddie Malone? 22. What does Lilit reveal to Deryn about the Ottoman Republic? 23. Why was it planned that the last water-walker should be destroyed only after making landfall? 24. How does Alek stop Tesla from firing Goliath? 25. How is Tesla proved to be a fraud? How does his death help shorten the war? 26. Why do you think Alek renounces his claim to the throne and takes a position with The London Zoological Society? Postreading Activities 1. Have students work in small groups to research the following references in the novel and share their findings with the rest of the class: Divine Right, Empire of Japan, William Randolph Hearst, Emperor Maximilian, Kokichi Mikimoto, The Perils of Pauline, Commodore Perry, Pinkertons, Joseph Pulitzer, Russo-Japanese War, Siberia, Sakichi Toyoda, Tsingtao, Tunguska, Pancho Villa, Vladivostok, Woodrow Wilson, and U-boat. Students should cite all sources consulted. 2. Look at the map by Keith Thompson and discuss its symbolism. How do the images relate to events in the story? 3. Create a chronology of events from the story. 4. Illustrate a favorite incident or scene from the novel. 5. Retell a favorite episode from the novel in your own words. 6. The First World War is known for the first use of barbed wire and many new weapons, including airplanes, dirigibles, long range artillery, flamethrowers, grenades, machine guns, poison gas, submarines, and tanks. In pairs or small groups, use online and print resources to research and report who invented these weapons, how they were developed, and how they were used in World War I. Identify examples of how these weapons are incorporated into the Darwinist beasties and Clanker machines in the Leviathan novels and The Manual of Aeronautics. 7. Create a model of one of the Clanker’s machine monsters. Use The Manual of Aeronautics as a reference guide. 8. Design your own Darwinist beastie or Clanker machine that can be included in The Manual of Aeronautics. 9. Have each student communicate a brief message to be deciphered by the class using the Huxley Semaphore as referenced in The Manual of Aeronautics. 10. Write an alternate ending to the novel or a chapter that continues the story. 11. Create a sale advertisement for one of the Clanker machines. Use The Manual of Aeronautics as a reference. 12. Create a board game based upon the Leviathan books. Look at the games Axis & Allies, Diplomacy, and Risk as models for your own game. About the Author Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which 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 or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld. About the Illustrator Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV, video games, and films. See his work at KeithThompsonArt.com. Recommended Web Sites The Art of Leviathan, Part I: An Interview with Scott Westerfeld http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/10/the-art-of-leviathan-a-conversation-with-scott-westerfeld-and-kieth-thompson The Art of Leviathan, Part II: An Interview with Keith Thompson http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/10/the-art-of-levathan-prt-two-interview-with-keith-thompson Leviathan Wiki http://leviathanscottwesterfeld.wikia.com/wiki/Leviathan_Wiki Keith Thompson Art http://www.keiththompsonart.com/ Scott Westerfeld http://scottwesterfeld.com/ Suggested Further Reading on World War I Fiction Lawrence, Iain. Lord of the Nutcracker Men. Delacorte, 2001. Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful. Scholastic, 2004. Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. Little, Brown, 1929. Slade, Arthur.Megiddo's Shadow. Wendy Lamb/Random House, 2006. Spillebeen, Geert. Kipling's Choice. Trans. Terese Edelstein. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Spillebeen, Geert. Age 14. Trans. Terese Edelstein. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Trumbo, Dalton. Johnny Got His Gun. J. B. Lippincott, 1939. Nonfiction Adams, Simon. World War I (Eyewitness Books). DK, 2007. Batten, Jack. The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I. Tundra, 2009 Brocklehurst, Ruth. Usborne Introduction to the First World War. Usborne, 2007. Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. Clarion, Granfield, Linda. In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. Illus. Janet Wilson. Doubleday, 1996. v Granfield, Linda. Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001. Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting. Scholastic, 2009. Myers, Walter Dean and Bill Miles. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage. Amistad/Harper Collins, 2005. This guide was written by Edward T. Sullivan, a librarian and writer. This guide, written to align with the Common Core State Standards (www.corestandards.org) has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.
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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!
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!!!
"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.
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
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.
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!
Goliath is the third and final book in the leviathan trilogy. The story takes Alex and Deryean from Siberia, Japan, California, Mexico, and New York city. this adventure will take the around the world with the all known inventor Nicola Tesla. There are many fears of spy's and traitors in this book, as WW1 is slowly coming to an end with Austria and Germany losing. While Nicola Tesla wants to end the war by a push of a button. The story of this book could have been a little bit better, but is still a good book. I wish the series was a little bit longer so that I can read the series over and over. I rate this book for middle school students and older.
In the final book in the Leviathan trilogy, the gigantic airship sails around the globe from Russia to Japan to New York City, all in adherence with demands of the mad inventor who claims that his weapon, Goliath, can end the war. In the midst of all of this travel, Alek finally learns that Dylan is in fact a girl, whom we've known all along as Deryn. As he grapples with this new truth about his best friend, he must also make decisions that could affect the entire course of the Great War.Goliath does everything I wanted for the conclusion of this fantastic series. The creatures and contraptions continue to be brilliant, the characters encounter exciting adventures and grow as individuals at the same time, and the plot is riveting. Also highly worthy of mention are Keith Thompson's brilliant illustrations which are absolutely beautiful and so richly detailed. While I did see some plot points coming, when you have a female character disguising herself as a boy, that is to be expected. I appreciated Westerfeld's approach to his alternate history and the choices he made. The ending, which can always be tricky in a trilogy, is also very well-done, being neither too saccharine nor too open-ended. Instead, I was very happy with how we left Alek and Deryn as they sailed away on the fascinating airship that is the Leviathan.
The final installment in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan triology does not disappoint! Westerfeld mix of historical accuracy and Steam punk fabrication is astounding, creating an alternative history that feels all-to-real. In this installment, Alex & Deryn find themselves up against the inventor of the famed Telsa cannon, a man with a maniacal mission to end the war through global intimidation. Will Alek get caught up in his plan? And what will become of Deryn now that Alek and others know her secret? And fun, fascinating and fast-paced read with a satisfying conclusion that leaves the door open for what will hopefully be a spin-off series!
We rejoin Alek, Deryn and the rest of the crew not too long after the events of Behemoth have finish. They are both back aboard the ship after helping with the Ottoman Empire revolution, but things have changed slightly. Alek's story is now known throughout the world and he's filling a bit useless on the ship after the action of the revolution. And Deryn is still disguised as a boy and fulfilling her duties about the ship. But things are about to change as the Leviathan picks up a madman scientist in Russia who has contrived of a way to perhaps end the war...and in the process put Alek on the throne. But first the Leviathan must make its way to the United States and along the way secrets are revealed and futures shift as our epic story draws to a close.Way back when Levithan was first published I knew nothing about Scott Westerfeld or his books, but I saw the trailer for the book and I was captivated and picked up the book without hesitation. And was instantly blown away by the story that took us into an alternate world, with characters that lept off the page and into this world. I eagerly followed Alek and Deryn's adventures through Leviathan and Goliath and into this last book where secrets are revealed and we watch our two heroes vanish into the sunset...and I have tears in my eyes that this is the last adventure that we'll take with them. Westerfeld surpasses himself with this final volume, weaving a fantastic tale that ties all of the threads together, with the right blend of humor, action, and tears into one...and gives us the ending that so many of us were hoping for. My only regret about this book, is that I don't want to leave this world. I want to continue sailing/flying with Alke and Deryn upon the Leviathan. And I think that's the best thing I can say about this book/series.I don't think enough is ever said about Keith Thompson's artwork, but the man outdoes himself with each book. They highlight just the right scenes and give us that view of our heroes that we're craving. And the final illustration for the book is pure gold. The perfect way to sign off this fantastic trilogy.If you haven't read any of the books yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Go and pick them up now! You won't regret it. And as soon as you've read them...reread them again and be captivated by their tale once again.
A FANTASTIC end to a FANTASTIC trilogy. If you haven't read Leviathan and Behemoth, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Love, love, love, love, love.
It's finally here. The end of Scott Westerfeld's awesome Leviathan trilogy, filled with awesome steampunk, alternate history and downright great action. I really hate to see this series end, but we all know that good things must come to an end sometime, or else they drag on forever and start to suffer in quality. But speaking of quality, I actually think that Goliath is the best of all three books in the Leviathan series, hands down. Westerfeld's world of steampunk and alternate World War I becomes fully realized here, and the characters finally reach their potential.In Goliath, our heroes Alek, an heir to the Hapsburg throne in Austria, and Deryn, who is a girl disguised as a boy, are nearing the end of their journey. But, of course, it's not that easy, even know. As the Leviathan seems to be veering more and more off course, a strange person appears with a massive weapon known as the Goliath, which he claims can end the war. Sorting out the truth behind the Goliath would be much simpler if Deryn would just admit to being a girl and confess her love to Alek....or would it be?Goliath offers everything that readers have come to enjoy about the series: action, steampunk, great characters, and an edge-of-your-seat plot and amps it up higher than it has ever been before. This time, though, Westerfeld introduces a fun and eccentric character that just fits so well with the period and world: the famous Nikolia Tesla, who helps bring the steampunk technology to life even more.Goliath delivers a satisfying and excellent ending to an epic trilogy.
The third of the levaithan trilogy, this volume is an exciting and satisfying conclusion to the story of Alek and deryn's adventures changing the course of WW I history.
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 readThe 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 things4.25 Dewey'sI received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
Everything about this book was perfection. I cannot express enough how much I adored this book. I got this as an ebook arc and I definitely will be buying the hardback copy. Westerfeld has outdone himself with Goliath. The characters we met in Leviathan have grown up in so many ways and Westerfeld gives us everything we ever wanted out of this book. I love where he's taken the plot, the characters and the story itself. It wasn't predictable and there are tiny revelations throughout the novel that as breathtaking as the artwork. Hopefully the hardback copy will include the lovely afterward by Westerfeld, as there's quite a bit of interesting information backed into it. This series is probably my favorite thing (tied with So Yesteday, I think) he's written and while I'm sad to see it end, it was the most wonderful and worthy ending to a series that I've ever read. I finished it and then I wanted to start the whole thing over again. I can't wait until I own this book.
This whole series was great. It's historical fiction, but not boring at all. Reading the whole series gives you so much information about WWI and what was going on in the world at the time, and yet you get this amazing story with unimaginable characters and creatures and twists and turns. I just can't say enough good things about this book and the whole series. You never could tell what would happen next or how the whole thing would end. Great writing and great story!
If you like teen sci-fi, you really ought to check out this series. I don't want to give too much away, but it was a quite satisfying ending to a thoroughly fun series. It wasn't quite as good as I hoped, but it was super fun. And it features Nikola Tesla as a crazy inventor, so how can you beat that?
In the final installment of the trilogy, the Leviathan goes to America, and Prince Alek finally figures out that his best friend is a girl. Deryn Sharp, the brave girl who masquerades as a boy in order to be able to do the thing she loves (be a midshipman on the airbeast Leviathan), is one of my all-time favorite characters, and she¿s especially sympathetic here as she tries to figure out her future, and whether it will involve continuing on as a boy. Westerfeld¿s created a rich, fascinating world, and the illustrations are lovely, even in e-galley form. This series has great crossover appeal¿my dad and a lot of my college friends who don¿t normally read YA love it.
I got this after work and finished before a late bed time. :) Last book in the Leviathan trilogy, this time Alek and Deryn are on the move as Leviathan (the whale based air ship) is flying to Siberia, Japan and North America. Deryn's secret comes out, with some heart breaking moments as well as funny ones. Alek does seem to grow up a bit in this book, and Newkirk gets to save Deryn once this time. :)
Goliath finishes off this trilogy and Alek and Deryn's storyline. The Leviathan finds itself leaving the Ottoman Empire and on a journey to Siberia to rescue a strange scientist, who claims to have a means of stopping the war. Also, certain secrets are revealed.I like the inclusion of certain historical figures in this one, including Hearst (the famous newspaperman), Pancho Villa, and, my personal favorite, Nicola Tesla. It's a lot of fun to read Westerfeld's interpretations of real historical figures and to see how they fit into the plot (which is quite naturally). This is an excellent and satisfying ending to the series, which maintains the quality of the first two books. Deryn is as daring and brave as ever, and Alek is likewise, though in different ways, as he's more tied to politics. I love both these characters and I'm a bit sad that it's all over. Though there is opportunity for the two to have further adventures should Westerfeld wish to return to this world, which I hope he does someday.
Steampunk sci-fi alternate version of World War I! Deryn and Alek are aboard the British Darwinist ship Leviathan once again, rescuing famous and insane inventor Nikolai Tesla from Siberia, and then heading across Japan and the Pacific toward the United States. Tesla has a new weapon... one which he claims can destroy a city halfway across the planet. There's an incredible amount of destroyed Siberian forest to support his claims, and he is bent on stopping the war one way or another. His real motives are far less noble, and Deryn and Alek are in the middle of a political and military mess. Deryn's secret identity is at risk as well, and the fact that she's fallen in love with Alek only complicates things. Lots of wild battles between the fantastical creatures of the Darwinists and the incredible machines of the Clankers, and high-flying action! A gripping can't-put-it-down conclusion to the trilogy. Strong 7th grade readers and up.Advance reader copy from Book Expo 2011
This is the third and final book in the Leviathan series by Westerfeld. As with the previous books in the series, we have an epic story full of adventure, and some beautiful picturesa to go along with it.Alek and Deryn continue on their quest to both end World War I and restore Alek to his Austrian throne. Things gets crazy when they stumble upon mad scientist Tesla, who claims that he can end the war with a huge weapon known as Goliath. Deryn is running out of time to confess her love for Alek; although things would be easier on that front if Alek actually knew Deryn was a girl...I love this world. With the Darwinists (people who make crazy animal machines) and the Clankers (people who use mechanical steampunk technology) you never know what crazy animal or invention you will run into next. This book is full of a ton of airship adventuring, politics, and just a touch of romance.The deeper question of what should you sacrifice to stop a war is also addressed in detail and it makes for some interesting thinking material as well as a great story.Alek and Deryn are wonderful characters with a wonderful relationship. They have been through so much together you just can't help but cheer them on through all of their troubles. The consequences of Deryn revealing that she's a girl are profound and I was constantly pulling for them both.The illustrations throughout are beautiful and intricate, they match the tone of the story perfectly. This illustrations also help to show some of the items in the story that are a bit hard to picture with words alone (because of their complexity).The plot moved crazy fast and took a number of unexpected turns. There were a couple points in this book where I couldn't even begin to guess how things would turn out. I loved that it kept me guessing.Overall I really enjoyed this book. It wrapped up the series nicely. This is a wonderfully creative world, with likable characters and a plot that keeps the reader engaged and surprised. I just really, really enjoyed reading this. I can't wait to see what Westerfeld comes up with next!
I am convinced that anything Scott Westerfeld writes is brilliant. Goliath is no exception. (Warning: This review might contain spoilers for the first two books in the trilogy - Leviathan and Behemoth.)Goliath picks up where Behemoth leaves off; Alek and Deryn are back on the Leviathan after playing major roles in the Ottoman Empire revolution. Alek feels a bit useless onboard the ship since he was a key player in the rebellion, but now just a little better than a prisoner. Deryn is off doing things middies do. The story picks up when the Leviathan makes a detour and witnesses a scary sight in the middle of nowhere Siberia. Secrets abound and the two stars are caught up in the middle of it all. In this third and final installment of the story, Alek finally learns Deryn¿s secret. I really appreciated that Scott decided to reveal this closer to the beginning of the book as opposed to the very end, and I¿m very happy with the way it was done. The introduction of Tesla adds another layer of intrigue to the books. Who is this man and what is the Goliath? While the book is action-packed it¿s also perfectly paced. There¿s enough mystery to keep the pages turning and Scott Westerfeld interweaves pieces of history into his fantastic prose.I especially love this trilogy because it makes me enjoy history in a way I¿ve never truly enjoyed it before. Sometimes the depiction of the stories are so boring that I often forget that history is real life and real life can be exciting - especially if told by a master. War, even though it¿s a horrible thing, is also exciting to read about. What happened? How did it get started? How did it get resolved? What can we learn from the past to make a better future?Even though it is fiction, reading this trilogy has caused me to read more about what happened during World War I and, on a whole, has sparked an interest in history that I haven¿t experienced before. The only downside is that perspicacious lorises aren¿t real. I mean, who wouldn¿t want one after reading about Bovril? History buffs, steampunk lovers and anyone who loves a good story will most definitely enjoy the Leviathan Trilogy. My only hope is that Scott does what he did with the Uglies trilogy and adds a fourth book. Or hey, a second trilogy? One can only hope.
A satisfying conclusion to Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy. Although i enjoyed the book and was glad that everything was neatly tied up the story itself wasn't as griping as the first two. Maybe it was that the scenery constantly changed from Siberia, to Japan to the USA where as the first two books were in a constant setting. As always Keith Thompson's art is amazing and really adds to the book. Overall enjoyable but not as good as the first two.