Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis:Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people
have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman.
But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them
on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
The artwork on the cover is one of the many reasons this book landed a spot on my "special" shelf. This is the first steampunk novel I picked up and as I continue the adventure with Alek and Deryn I will also be reading more of this subgenre. Although meant for a younger audience I still enjoyed the idea of Deryn dressing up as a boy to fight for what she believed in. She is very heartfelt and cares a lot about her family and friends. She reminded me of "Lord of The Rings Éowyn. "
Alek seems like he has a lot of responsibilities for one as young as he is. The Count should really learn to help the boy and not constantly make him look like a failure. I had my doubts about Alek but after the big *spoiler* fight scene he earned my respect.
Scott wrote this amazing story and Keith did an amazing job illustrating the scenes in my head onto paper. I cannot wait to continue this amazing Trilogy which happens to be sitting on my shelf