Thursday, January 27, 2011

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Behemoth is the second book in the Leviathan Trilogy.  Behemoth was a fast paced second book that had TONS of ACTION.  In Behemoth, we follow the Leviathan's progress to the Ottoman Empire and the city of Istanbul.  Towards the end of the book, Deryn and Alek part ways but good friends are never very far apart and their paths cross once more, bringing them back to the Leviathan.  Deryn is involved in many daring escapades and even saves Newkirk, a fellow Midshipman, and earns a medal for her bravery.  Alek and his men prove their worth as mechaniks and pilots but never fully gain the captain's trust.  We see just what the "lady boffin" is taking to Istanbul and we learn more about her work.  Once in the Ottoman Empire, the Leviathan's peace mission does not go well at all and those on board must think on their feet.  Alek and two of his men escape into the city where they join the resistance who want to keep the Germans from taking over.  Deryn is sent on a special mission, her first command, and while she is successful- the rest of her men are either killed or captured.  While on the run in the city, Deryn searches for and finds Alek.  They fight with the resistance and aid the Leviathan in it's mission to keep the Germans from closing the straits and blocking Russia's supplies.  They then rejoin the crew on the Leviathan who are now headed to the Far East- Japan. 

Throughout the book, people catch on to Deryn's secret but Alek never does.  Even when his loris repeats a hint at him, OVER AND OVER.  Count Volger figures it out while teaching Dylan to fence in Alek's absence.  Lilit, one of the revolutionaries, has a crush on Dylan but begins to suspect that he is a she, which she then tests by kissing Deryn.  Deryn even decides to tell Alek the truth but stops herself when Alek says that he could never marry a commoner, even if her loved her.  Poor Deryn!! 

What a great book!! From the start it is action packed and full of adventure.  We meet a few new characters and really see Alek flourish.  At the end of the book, however, Alek is floundering and Deryn believes that it is kinder to continue the lie and remain a boy in Alek's eyes.  She feels like Alek would not only see her differently if he were forced to see her as the girl that she is, but she also thinks that he would fall in love with her and that she can't put him in that kind of predicament.  I am so excited to see how the story ends in the final book, Goliath, which is due out in the fall of this year. 

Behemoth earns 5 Fairies for a great steampunk story with lots of action and heart.

You can find out more about Scott Westerfeld on Goodreads and on his blog!

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