Sunday, August 28, 2011
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
The Leviathan is a living, breathing air ship that has a combination of metal and biological weapons. It's big and fast, but when you are at war, there's always danger...
Simon & Schuster sent me an egalley to review (thank you). This book will be available on September 20th. I'd previously read a book in this series and was anxious to see how Mr. Westerfeld chose to end his trilogy. I was not disappointed!
Keith Thompson is the illustrator and his drawings really bring the characters to life. They add to the flavor of the story and help you envision the characters.
Alek and Deryn are pretty much the best of friends, even if they are on opposite sides of the war. However, Deryn has a deep secret she hasn't told Alek that will probably destroy their relationship. She knows their journey together will be over soon enough so she holds on to her secret and hopes to slip away in the crowd when the Leviathan's tour is over.
Alek may be a prince, but he's pretty useless on an air ship. He feels like he's just taking up space. As long as Deryn is around and they can buddy up together, he's happy. He doesn't even mind taking chances with him. Deryn always seems to know what to do in times of danger.
Mr. Westerfeld writes a busy story: lots of action, lots of danger, and lots of plot twists. They are a fast read for me because I have to know what's going to happen next! He tells a "wide" tale. It covers many countries, history, an interesting look at warfare, and he shows an amazing insight into character development.
This is an excellent read with lots of excitement for everyone. Why not get a copy and read it for yourself. And, if you haven't read the others in the series, I'd recommend you buy the complete set. It's a great series and you can then re-read them at your leisure. These books are keepers.