Sunday, September 26, 2010

Behemoth: By Scott Westerfeld



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.


After reading Behemoth, I have to say Westerfeld truly is a master of his genre.

Westerfeld who’s shown impressive versatility in writing through numerous other bestselling young adult novels including The Uglies and The Midnighters series, is back again with this sequel to his hit book Leviathan.

Leviathan and Behmoth follow the actions and timeline of World War I, but with a few changes. First the Allies use bestial technology, creating large warships and other war technology by splicing together different animal DNA. And the Axis have developed mass war machines, far superior to even the machines we have today.

Behemoth starts up right after the events of Leviathan, but with a bang! Literally that is, as the Axis has created a sort of lightning cannon, that can literally tear the airships like the Leviathan apart, and tries to demonstrate on the Leviathan in the first few pages of the book. Alex manages to save the Leviathan but in the process gets himself shot and put under arrest. From there he and his crew plan an escape. But before he can escape one of Dr. Nora Darwin Barlow’s (Darwin’s granddaughter) mysterious creatures hatches and makes an impression on him, forcing him to carry the creature with him as he escapes.

All this excitement happens in the very beginning of the book, giving potential readers just a taste of how just how action packed this book really is. Of course the excitement isn’t even the best part of Behemoth. Westerfeld does a fantastic job of growing the characters in the fantastic sequel. Fans will rejoice as they’re able to see Alex’s character evolve from a spoiled rich kid, to that of one of self sacrifice willing to do what’s best for the people.

It’s these sensational details that have allowed Westerfeld to create another New York Times bestselling novel in Behemoth. The plot twists are exciting and intricate, the characters are well written and filled with exquisite imagery, and the excitement never stops in this fantastic sequel to Leviathan, making it a must read in this year of sequels.

9 out of 10


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: October 5, 2010

Price: $18.99

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