First Lines: “Siberia,” Alek said. The word slipped cold and hard from his tongue, as forbidding as the landscape passing below.
It’s the conclusion to the amazing Leviathan series and I couldn’t have been more excited when I got my hands on it. I’d only walked into the library to pick up what I had on hold and maybe one other small book (yeah, like that was a wise idea on my part). Instead, I came away with this, which is over 500 pages of awesomeness.
*Yo, it’s the final book in the trilogy. Yes, there are series spoilers ahead.*
Oh forget it. I can’t do this summary justice. I’m copying it from Goodreads: Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
Awesome, isn’t it? The best part about this story, besides the action, love (on Deryn’s end), and friendship between Alek and Deryn, is the illustrations. They totally make the story easier to understand when you can see exactly what a perspicious loris looks like. Or the Leviathan itself for that matter. Westerfeld makes a world completely its own and tries to sink you into it quickly.
I’ve been with this series since the beginning, so I’ve been dying to see what became of Alek and Deryn at the end. Would Deryn ever tell Alek that she was a girl? What would Alek’s reaction be? And if Deryn revealed the truth, would she also tell Alek that she was in love with him?
As if that wasn’t enough to keep me reading, its backdrop is WWI, so there’s plenty of action. It seems like just when things start to slow down, something blows up or goes wrong and it’s up to Deryn to save them. That never got old. You really didn’t know what was going to come next.
It was a really good trilogy, I must say. Now I’m excited to see what Westerfeld pumps out next. Will it be another sci-fi, like this and Uglies were? Probably. The question remains, when will it be set? Westerfeld is a magician when it comes to crafting stories like this.