Review of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

Leviathan was recommended to me as a good example of the Steampunk genre. Before I read a word, I was drawn in by Keith Thompson’s wonderful artwork. (Sorry for the pun, it was unintentional!)

The phrases made up to replace swearing were a bit jarring at first. They didn’t flow with the narrative smoothly and Deryn’s patios tended to distract me from the story. I had a bit of trouble getting into the book due to this, but after the first 100 pages I was hooked by the story itself. The plot is more broad strokes than fine lines, but it is a YA book so I’m okay with the lack of subtlety as long as the story is good.

The idea of Darwinists versus Clankers is interesting and the main characters are plucky young people trying to do the right things when their respective individual worlds have been thrown into upheaval.

A good Steampunk story accompanied by excellent artwork is a hard combination to beat.

The afterword detailing the differences between actual history and the alternate history was appreciated.

I give it 4 stars.

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