Oh, this book is cool! Alternate history circa World War 1. We follow one narrator who is the heir to the Austrian throne. He is on the run following the assassination of the Emperor. The second POV is a young woman who has joined the British military forces as she cross-dresses her way into the army. Oh, and one side has living battle ships while the other fights with mechanized robots...yeah. It’s really cool. Fast-paced and perfect for boys and girls (like me).
Bonus points: Illustrations!!!
October 2009 Indie Next List
“Leviathan is a fantastic and beautifully illustrated steampunk version of The Great War. In this alternate universe, the Clankers put their faith in elaborate steam-powered machines and the Darwinists manage huge living airships that are whole ecosystems. But this is mostly the story of two 15-year-olds who are both hiding secrets. Prepare yourself for an adventurous ride.”
— Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
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. Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure....One that will change both their lives forever.