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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

torbort's review

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adventurous fast-paced

4.0

amandadee's review against another edition

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2.0

2.5

greenidmnstr's review

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3.0

As a BIG fan of the Uglies series, I had great expectations for this book. But I was thoroughly disappointed with the characters and the story. This might be great for a much younger audience, but I found it too dull and unimpressive.

harleyrae's review against another edition

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3.0

For awhile I was positive this was gonna be the death of me. I just could not for the life of me get into it. I typically enjoy Scott Westerfeld's books but this one was just not for me. It didn't help that it took me forever and a day to read this, but while I was reading it I was bored and could care less about what happens. I wasn't invested in any of the character or really what was happening. The last half was certainly better than the first half, which is why I did give this book 3 stars. I thought the beasties were a little strange, and I wasn't really sure what they point of them are. I still can't wrap my head around why anyone would want a ship that is a hybrid flying whale. So if I had to choose a side between beasties and clankers, I'm all for the clankers.
All in all I can see why people enjoyed this book, but it just wasn't for me. I will not be continuing on in the series.

x_librarian's review

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4.0

A wonderful mixture of steampunk, sci-fi, and alternative history. I really enjoyed reading the book and was probably a little too proud of myself for guessing the time period early on in the book (my knowledge of history is pretty abysmal). I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

mavisbird's review

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5.0

I'm genuinely suprised i had as much fun with this book as I did. I read it for my cousin who is 14 and loves this series in order for him to have someone to talk about it with. I knew it was for a younger audience, but honnestly it holds up really well for older audiences as well.

I am impressed by how well written these 15 year olds are. And while they are responsible and in a life altering situation, they still do have their moments of childhood impulses. I am very suprised at how well done the female character is, and how they balanced her hiding her gender, and her grit as a person.

I was invested from start to finish and really enjoyed the adventure. I may end up picking up the other two to see where they go.

hannahhbic's review against another edition

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5.0

This audiobook was quite frankly spectacular. I had to get my hands on the second audiobook immediately. Action packed and the characters have depth. What a great YA book!

magikspells's review against another edition

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3.0

I'm going to say that I loved the characters in this book, I was only moderately attached them. But the background and the setting were great! It was a unique take on steampunk/alternate history. And I also really enjoyed the 'Darwinian' aspect of the backstory. I thought that was great, very intelligently written. I wonder if the author's intention was to make it a social commentary on the evolution supporters being the ones that weren't polluting the environment. Something to think about.

protoman21's review

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3.0

I heard great things about this book, so it got over-hyped for me and the reality of the book was kinda disappointing. The action scenes in particular where jumbled messes that were hard to follow and not exciting the way they should have been. The story did pick up a little when Alek and Deryn finally meet up, but honestly I don't really care about either of them that much. I'm struggling with the idea of continuing this series.

brendalovesbooks's review

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2.0

This was just okay. There was nothing particularly memorable or exciting about it. I never felt any connection to any of the characters or the setting, or even the plot. I won't be continuing on with this series.