Monday, December 21, 2009

REVIEW: LEVIATHAN BY SCOTT WESTERFELD AND STEAMPUNK GIVEAWAY!


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Firstly, I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Michelle at Simon and Schuster Canada for sending this out to me!!!!

And now on to my thoughts on this book.  I can sum it up in two words:

HOLY.


CRAP.

I literally just finished it yesterday and I cannot WAIT to tell you all about it!  Now I have to somehow put my words into some sort of coherant meaning. 

This is my very first Steampunk EVER, and suffice it to say it will NOT be my last.  I am so in love with this genre I cannot even see straight. 

Westerfeld has recreated World War  I in this little gem, and in it we follow two main characters - Deryn and Alek.  Deryn is a 15 year old girl who wants desperately to join the air service and train as an airman, and with the help of her brother she disguises herself as a lad and does just that.  Turns out she is naturally good at pretty much everything that comes her way, which makes her a solid asset to the military.  Alek is the son of the Duke and his common-wife who were murdered at the beginning of the story.  He is hoisted from his room by two of his father's men and quickly realizes that he is on the run for his life. 

The world that Westerfeld has created is fascinating!  Basically there are two camps and two trains of thoughts.  There are the Clankers and the Darwinists. The Clankers are the sort that use these incredible machines to fight the war, and the Darwinists use fabricated animals.  Seen through the eyes of Deryn, the beasties are to be respected and even loved, but seen through the eyes of a Clanker they are repulsive.  And Westerfeld gives us an authentic look from both view points. 

The story is loosely based on actual facts from World War I.  The "shot heard round the world" when Arch Duke Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian-Hungary throne and his wife were murdered, started the war and in Leviathan the beginning is exactly the same scenario.  He explains the similiarities and differences in the last section of the book.  For history buffs and the layman it is very interesting!

The Steampunk genre is awesome as it intertwines futuristic creatures and machines with old world ideologies and time frame.  The clothing is extremely cool, with the goggles and the boots and leather and bowler hats, along with the inventions of the time. 

The artwork is GEORGOUS, by Keith Thompson, and it accompanies the book nicely with illustrations sprinkled throughout.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANYONE of ANY age.  It is a relatively fast read, and you will be immersed into the Steampunk world in all its glory.  What an amazing movie it would make!  And the BEST part is that this is the FIRST in the TRILOGY, I just found out.  WOOT! 

RATING: 5/5

Now for the GIVEAWAY portion of this post!!  Because I got this book for free for the purposes of review, I want to show my support for this author and select one lucky winner for which I will order the book from Book Depository and ship it directly to them! 

Here are the rules to enter:  PLEASE PROVIDE SEPERATE COMMENTS FOR EACH ENTRY OR THEY WILL ONLY BE COUNTED AS ONE!
  • post a comment, you do not have to put your email address if you do not want to, you then must just check back here on the contest end date when I will announce the winner and we will sort out the details then.  (1 entry)
  • Follow my blog and get an extra 2 entries.
  • Post about the contest in your sidebar or tweet about it and get another 2 entries.
Total of 5 chances to win! 

The contest will close on January 15th at midnight Alberta time.  January 16th I will announce the winner and will follow up with email if it is provided.

This contest is open to EVERYONE!  (Thank you to LADYBUG for the tip for ordering books from The Book Depository for free shipping!)
Good luck to the winners, and I can't wait to hear what the winner will think about the book!!

PS since this giveaway will definately bring me over the 200 follower mark, I will be doing the huge giveaway once we hit 300!  :0)

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Ladybug said...

Great review! I have Leviathan on my wishlist(and this review definitely did not put me off the book ;))!

A little tip when it comes to international contest The Book Depository has free shipping worldwide(almost at least). I don't think I could afford to have much international contest if I hadn't discovered BD :)

Katy said...

This is a great review! I didn't really know what the book was about before I read it! :)

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Katy said...

I'm a follower. :)

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Mary said...

I have read one other steampunk book, Soulless by Gail Carriger and just loved it!
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Seak said...

This review makes me really excited to read this!
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Seak said...

I'm now a follower (+2).

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I've also got a link up on my blog (in the right column). http://seaks.blogspot.com (+2)

Thanks!

alitareads said...

I had already planned to read this book next year, but you've just made me even more excited to read it! I'd definitely like to win a copy :)

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Michelle said...

This sounds like a great book. Would love to be entered for the draw. =)

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PS: I am a follower already.

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Marian said...

What the Darwinists do sounds really interesting. Please enter me into the giveaway as well!

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Oilbhe said...

Wow! This book does sound good...I guess I'll have to enter!
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wheresmyrain said...

i had heard randome things about this but you definitly convinced me

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E.J. Stevens said...

oooh, I've been wanting to read this book!
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E.J. Stevens said...

+2 Following :)

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Trisha said...

Don't you just love books that you want to write "holy crap" as your entire review! I'd love to be entered: eclectic.eccentric@hotmail.com

Trisha said...

I'm already a follower.

Trisha said...

Hmm...should I post again for the extra follower point? Why not?

Spav said...

Looks like an interesting book.

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Spav said...

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Rabid Fox said...

I borrowed this from the library last month and loved it. Wouldn't mind a copy for my permanent collection, that's for sure.

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I would love to win a copy please! my brother and I are both really interested in reading this book =)

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susan said...

This was a great review! I would love to read this! off to my wishlist to add it!

1993wel said...

What an interesting book, and a great explanation of what steampunk is. I have been wondering, and now my curiousity is piqued!

Nina said...

This book sounds so interesting and I want to read it bad. :)

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Jan said...

Great review. I'd love to read the book.
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Marianna said...

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Shweta said...

I love Westerfeld's books and I think the review has me intrigued about the book.

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Carol M said...

I would love to win this for my grandsons. They are avid readers and I know they would really enjoy this book!
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Haleyknitz said...

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ellenmaze said...

Wow great review! I am adding it to my wishlist too!
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Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great review! Leviathan sounds awesome. :D

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Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

+2 I'm already a follower! :)

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And... +2 it's on my sidebar on my blog: http://booksatmidnight.blogspot.com. Thanks!

Mystica said...

I follow.

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Brodie said...

+1 Great review!! I've heard nothing but good things about this book, it sounds so intriguing. I would love to enter in for this.

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I just found your blog - great blog! And I'm a new follower.

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