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:
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!
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.
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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)