Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
(Leviathan)

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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 Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 576 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Travel. Fiction

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Alek and Deryn escape ravenous fighting bears tall as houses, ride atop a gale-tossed airship and star in motion pictures.

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The Bookbag

He knows even less of another passenger it picks up - a scientist in electricity and mechanics, who says he is giving his ultimate prize - a machined weapon mighty enough to cease the war for good - to the Darwinists...

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Teen Reads

Scott Westerfeld has proven once again that he’s more than up to the task, and GOLIATH is an excellent conclusion to the world he’s created.

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Common Sense Media

And that's not to mention the bigger picture of a war still going on (though, according to the afterward, this version of World War I will be over much quicker than the real one, thanks in part to Alek and Deryn).

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Nocturne Romance Reads

However, in this science fiction world, there are physical elements of war, such as large mechanical machines and air balloons made of natural (as in animalistic) features that exist as possibly weapons of war, as in World War II.

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Chamber Four

Goliath closes the YA trilogy Westerfeld opened barely two years ago with Leviathan (if you want to get caught up, you can read my review of Leviathan here, and my review of the middle book, Behemoth, here).

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Wired

I was very pleased that Westerfeld had included an afterword explaining the changes he’d made to real history (apart from the obvious facts that the Allies didn’t have genetically-engineered dirigibles and the Central Powers had machines with wheels, not legs), because of course I didn’t want my ...

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io9

We asked Westerfeld and Thompson to explain to us why World War I should be the new World War II.

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org

And that's not to mention the bigger picture of a war still going on (though, according to the afterward, this version of World War I will be over much quicker than the real one, thanks in part to Alek and Deryn).

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The Overflowing Library

I equally loved them both in their own right and have enjoyed following both their stories and loved seeing where they finally ended up.

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Goliath (Leviathan)

The Ranting Dragon

In Goliath, Alek and Deryn have left the Ottoman Empire aboard the Leviathan in order to pick up a mysterious new passenger deep in the heart of Siberia.

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CLP Teensburgh

Also Westerfeld portrays Tesla as a “mad scientist” suggesting that the wild claims Tesla made concerning his technology were promoted by insanity rather than Tesla’s need for funding.

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Fancy Goods

Alek feels his destiny is to bring peace to the world, and Leviathan’s new mission will introduce him to a potential ally—but can the ultimate weapon really bring peace?

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Goliath (Leviathan)

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