Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Behemoth - A Review

Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld (Ebook from publisher) ***NOTE this is book 2 of a series, synopsis and or review may contain spoilers***

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardcover, 496pp
  • Sales Rank: 17,343
  • Age Range: Young Adult


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.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first if not more. I love the characters and the world is simply amazing. This books takes the characters to Istanbul. A neutral territory or is supposed to be. But danger lurks all around the city.

I have to say I love this world. It would be so neat to be able to fully envision it in my mind. All the Clanker machines and Darwinist creatures sound so very cool. I have my own made up vision of them but man what a treat it would be to walk into a museum somewhere and actually see one of them. I will say the illustrations are just as awesome as the story and I'm so grateful to have them to help my imagination along.

We get introduced to what the eggs were hiding in the first book and my minds sees them as a cute little gremlin. You know the lovable ones from the movie before they got all mean and nasty. I wonder just how big of a role he will play as the story unfolds. I have a feeling it will be an important one down the road.

Needless to say, I can't wait for the next book.

Author's Website: Scott Westerfeld


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Can't wait to read this!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Darwinistic characters and little gremlin visuals. I love it! I want to get into this series. Sounds like such a great world to visit. Thank you for the review!