The Compulsive Reader: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Alek and Deryn are nothing alike: he's the lost prince of Austria, on the run since his parents were assassinated, and she is a girl disguised as a boy in the British navy. Yet, they have formed an unlikely friendship that is put to the test when they reach Istanbul. There, Alek and Deryn are both separated from the Leviathan, and left stranded in a city crawling with Germans who are hunting them. They fall into a group of revolutionaries who wish to overthrow the sultan, and discover a powerful weapon that could be the Dawinists' undoing. As time begins to run out, Alek and Deryn must figure out how to cripple the Clankers before they can get the upper hand in the war.

Behemoth is filled with even more danger and adventure than its predecessor, but isn't without the same humor, suspense, and wonders that made Leviathan so remarkable. Westefeld plays with the politics of the era as Alek grows up some more and really steps into his role as prince. The revolutionaries of Istanbul are fascinating, and the depiction of the entire city and its inhabitants is just magnificent. In addition to much skulking and sneaking about, a great source of suspense and drama in Behemoth is Deryn's secret as some around her slowly start to guess at her true sex, despite her attempts at hiding it under some hilarious and quirky mannerisms and her boy-ish swagger. This trilogy just keeps getting better and better with a few new characters, delightful new creatures, and more enthralling settings and foils. Westerfeld's imagination will blow you away and his is a world you will never want to leave.

Cover Talk: I'm not normally a fan of publishers changing the covers of a series before the second book even comes out, but in this case, I like the new style. I think it matches the old one closely enough, and I like the green, and the lightening in the background. Very excellent!

Review copy purchased.

The third book, Goliath, will be out September 20th. I have read it, and I think it's a fantastic conclusion--watch the blog for my review!


Majanka said...

I like the sound of this novel. The cover looks awesome as well. I might just have to add this one to my TBR list! ;)

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Ryan said...

This one sounds good.

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Behemoth is kind of adventure.Which is related with the politics too.Its interesting one.