Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld


Written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrated by Keith Thompson
(Simon Pulse - 10/5/2010)
Series: Leviathan #2
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (481 pages)
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

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The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.

My Thoughts

After falling in love with Leviathan, I was eager to read the rest of the series (and had it on order so I could get them all signed at an upcoming Westerfeld event). But Behemoth hadn’t arrived yet, so I had to put it on hold for a while. I was SO happy to finally dive back into this world!

Once again, Westerfeld impressed me with the ridiculously awesome and inventive creations in this series. Though certainly some of the newness had worn off, I was glad to see that there were even more surprises waiting for me in the form of beasties AND Clanker machinery. We finally got to see what was inside those precious eggs they’d been watching over all throughout Leviathan, and all I can say is: I WANT ONE!

This book served up plenty of backstory and character development for Deryn and Alek, which kept me wanting to read way past my bedtime. Alek’s upbringing really began to show, and he started growing a bit while also revealing some of his inadequacies and social blindness at the same time. I absolutely adore Deryn, her cleverness, and her willingness to take risks. There is so much panache and humor and rapport going on in every scene she enters, and I just LOVE IT!

And of course, the story did its job of increasing the stakes, making me gasp in horror, shake my head in bewilderment, and all that sort of thing. I love a book that just takes me along for the ride and makes me enjoy every second of it, even if it’s scary! That is what this series is for me — and once again, I have to question WHY I didn’t read these books sooner. (Total dummkopf move, right?!)

You might be wondering why I rated this 4 stars instead of 5, then. I have asked myself the same thing, and all I can say is: I don’t know, but that’s it.

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  1. This is one of the very few Steampunk series that I always hear about and I always scold myself when I remember that I haven’t read it yet. The cover itself screams BAD. ASS. It pleases me to know that there is character development weaved masterfully here~ When I think of Steampunk, it makes me think that it’s a story in which the focus is the setting, because the setting is the one influencing how the story will go since it’s a unique one and limited by certain setting rules. I’m more a “character” girl so that factor works for me here if that’s the case :D :D

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