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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Westerfeld Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leviathan Series Release Date:
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It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Leviathan is a living airship—the most formidable air-beast in the skies of Europe.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl 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 the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tightly paced young adult novel set in an alternate version of the First World War and a welcome addition to the steampunk genre…The Darwinist and Clanker jargon crackles with an authentically techie feel.” 

    New York Times

  • “Westerfeld steadily builds a world that we soon accept as totally real and palpable. His inventiveness with the details of the competing imaginary technologies renders the rival paradigms sharp and bristly, with the complex stakes involved plain to see.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Gripping…The author’s fully realized world has an inventive lexicon to match—readers will be eager for the sequels.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Westerfeld’s brilliantly constructed imaginary world will capture readers from the first page. Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.” 

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clara | 2/4/2014

    " LOVE IT!!!!! Can't wait to read the sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessie | 2/2/2014

    " It took me a bit to get into this one because I really didn't like Alek at first. Deryn's story kept me going though, and I'm glad it did. I ended up really enjoying this book. It's historical fiction, but set in an alternate universe, which was very cool. I recognized a lot of what was going on, but much was new. It was a very fun read and I can't wait to pick up the sequel! (Also, Scott Westerfeld is a Vassar grad, so woo!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Papillon | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great read, it was very imaginative and unique on its take on history and the illustrations were just amazing, they really helped with following the story and descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barry | 1/20/2014

    " Steampunk WWI, a bit like The Court of the Air but for a younger audience. May read the sequels eventually, worth a read. "

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