Saturday, January 22, 2011
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse 2010
It's the sequel of Leviathan, so I guess I can't really explain it because you have to read the first book to understand this one. Basically, it's set during a steam-punk World War 1, and instead of it being the Axis vs. the Allies, its against two seperate advanced technologies. On one side, you've got the Darwinists, who have mastered genetics to the point where they can fabricate beasts, then on the other, there's the Clankers, masters of mechanics who used high-tech machinery and robotics for combat. The story itself follows two kids. One is named Alek and he's an Austrian prince on the run from the Germans. The other is Deryn, a girl who has joined the British Air Service disguised as a boy. It's facinating that even though theses two are young, they almost act like adults when in the heat of battle, and there are a lot of interesting and strong characters.
5 Hard to imagine a better book