Wednesday, September 20, 2017

K10: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

My name is Grant, and I’m 13. My favorite ice cream is chocolate.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?

I just finished reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and I love steampunk.

Can you describe this book in one word?

Um, I can't do this in one word...robots vs. man-made animals.

What was your favorite part of this story?

I really liked when Alek meets Deryn during a dramatic scene. Alek tries to help Deryn but then Deryn sends dogs after Alek. It's not a great way to start a relationship.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?

I think I would have had a similar reaction to Alek's but his problem is much bigger than I'd ever want to have.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?

This book bends the rules of nature. I could recognize our world in this story but the differences are creative and fun.

What do you think about the book's cover?

It's cool. It is a good mix of World War I and steampunk.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?

Yes! I already have Book 2, Behemoth, ready to go.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?

No. This book seems very unique to me. It tells an alternate history by mixing the natural world with mechanics and machinery.

If you could ask the author one question about this book what would it be?

How much research of history did you have to do to make the book seem realistic?

In answer to Grant's question, Scott Westerfeld talked a bit about his research process in this interview with Tor.

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A big thank you to Grant for sharing Leviathan with us!

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Leviathan (Leviathan Book 1)

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their 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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