Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

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Book 2 (Book 1: Leviathan)

Novel Summation:

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:

(Spoiler Warning) From what I remember in this book the Leviathan has finally made its way to Istanbul. Upon arriving Alek manages to escape into the city along with the creature that has hatched from the egg and has bonded with Alek. The creature can speak and understand english and its exact purpose is unknown. Hints are given towards the end of the book though. When Dr. Barlow and Deryn goes to give the Sultan the eggs the mission goes wrong. In order to keep the peace they offer to give up the ship. Deryn gets assigned a mission to destroy Ottoman’s Kraken net in order for Britain to attack once the Ottoman empire decides to side with Germany. Although the mission is successful Deryn is left alone in the city. Meanwhile, Alek has managed to become apart of the revolution to overthrow the sultan within the city and Deryn who eventually finds Alek manages to become a part of it as well. The book ends with Deryn’s secret still a secret to most, though there are a few exceptions, and her slowly developing feelings for Alek. Alek grows and matures a lot in the book and at the end he himself must face his own dilemma. Alek is slowly starting to take the role of a leader. By the end of the book everyone is back together. I would definitely recommend this book. It was really enjoyable like the previous book and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is Goliath and is out September 20, 2011

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