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Behemoth

de Scott Westerfeld

Altres autors: Keith Thompson (Il·lustrador)

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Sèrie: Leviathan (2)

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Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warships.
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I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

I can't tell you what this book was about, cause I don't really know myself. There are a lot of smaller events in this book, but nothing major happened. It doesn't help that my mind wandered on occasion either. I almost didn't even read this one because I wasn't super impressed with the first book. But I did, and because there is only one more book and I hate leaving things unfinished like that, I'll probably finish the series. The world in the story is very interesting. Especially the fabricated animals. The friendship dynamic is a bit strange between the two MC's. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Second book in the Leviathan trilogy, an alternate history masterpiece. The British Darwinists declare war on the German mechanic-clankers. Deryn and Alex are still abaord the Leviathan when it is attacked by a weapon shooting electricity. Marooned in Istanbul, which is being manipulated to support Germany, Deryn helps set the stage foe the Behemoth to shift the tides of the war. As before, clever and innovative fiction. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
teen fiction; steam punk/fantasy. I hadn't read the first book in this series, but the second installment was fine. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Behemoth might be even better than Leviathan; it is exciting and clever and thrilling and has loads more Clanker and Darwinist creations to marvel over as Mr Westerfield describes them in great detail. As the first book laid out the intricate world inside the ship Leviathan, the second book lays out the intense political atmosphere that exists outside the ship as it takes place mostly in Istanbul, a country rife with struggle and the focus of such superpowers as England and Germany. I was worried about Westerfield's treatment of a foreign culture, but he treats Istanbul with the respect it deserves and does not make the characters that inhabit it merely cookie cutter types to fit into country stereotypes. There's a young woman introduced in this book who is a stellar mechanist and very much woman's lib and she becomes an interesting and surprising character without falling into any of the pitfalls of stereotypically strong women from foreign countries. Overall, Behemoth is a clear step-up in the quality of the series - but only the third book due sometime next year will tell whether the series as a whole is a success. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
No recapping on account of this being the second in a series, and if you haven’t read Leviathan then you’ll be spoiled, and I wouldn’t want to do that to anyone. I will say, however, that our two main characters Deryn and Alek are still stuck in the middle of the war between the Clankers and the Darwinists. The Clankers are those Austrian-Hungarian/German powers who favour mechanical constructs. The Darwinists are the British/French etc allies who prefer to tinker with life itself and create airships and much much more out of living creatures.

I really really enjoyed the first book in this series. It was such an interesting take, with the steampunk mixed with the fabricated creatures. And I really enjoyed the two protagonists, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately something about it just didn’t click with me. I’m not sure why, but it fell a little flat.

It is still an entertaining read, and a wonderful take on the first World War, and the Ottoman Empire, it just felt as though the story never really got going.

But I’ll still be on the look out for the next book because it was entertaining and readable, and very likeable. Just not as fantastic as the first. I do hope I amn’t damning this book with faint praise, because that is not my intention. There is a lot of action and derring-do, plus the world-building is creative and interesting. Maybe it was whatever mood I was in while reading it, and you’ll have better luck with it? If you’ve read and enjoyed book 1 I’m sure that this will keep you entertained, almost as much as the first :) ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
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