- Taschenbuch: 1552 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon Pulse; Auflage: Boxed Set (30. Oktober 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1442483776
- ISBN-13: 978-1442483774
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 9,9 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 126.576 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Leviathan: Leviathan; Behemoth; Goliath (The Leviathan Trilogy) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Oktober 2012
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Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.
Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV, video games, and films. See his work at KeithThompsonArt.com.
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The Leviathan world seems to have diverged from our own when Charles Darwin was able to figure out how to create new living "fabrications" by bio-engineering the life threads of existing beings. The title of the first book (and the series), "Leviathan", takes its name from one such "fabrication", or "fab": a gigantic hydrogen-breathing living airship that had been fabricated from, among other creatures, a whale!
Not everyone is sold on the idea of having "fabs" around, however. The world, in fact, seems to have been divided into two general camps: Darwinists and Clankers. While Darwinists have embraced the use of "fabs", Clankers have shunned "fabs" and instead have hinged technological progress on the development of machinery (albeit ones that are fantastically different from the those that had been prevalent by the same time in our own world's history).
The story follows the adventures of Alek and Deryn, two headstrong youngsters who find themselves having to confront considerable obstacles to their aspirations. Alek is Prince Aleksandar of Hohenberg, son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His royal lineage notwithstanding, Alek does not have any direct route towards becoming heir-apparent -- much more, Emperor. The current emperor, Franz Joseph, had decreed that the Archduke's marriage to Sophie Chotek would be merely morgantic; consequently, children borne of the marriage would not be able to inherit the Archduke's titles, including being designated as the heir-apparent.
Deryn is Deryn Sharp, a Scottish commoner with a passion for airships. Her father, one Artemis Sharp, stoked the flames of this passion by taking Deryn up with him when he went hot air ballooning. Deryn had hopes of one day joining the British Royal Air Service, but recognized that she faced a very real stumbling block: only men are allowed to enlist in the service.
The character development was stellar throughout the series. Alek and Deryn (and most of the other characters) were living, breathing literary "fabs" with distinctive personalities, weaknesses, and strengths. The depth of characterization gave a sense of authenticity to how the plot devices moved the story forward.
Thankfully, Westerfeld shied away from lazily penning a simple good vs. evil kind of story. The sociological and political dimensions were quite nuanced, befitting the richness of the characters that populated that alternate steampunk world. Much as it does in real life, greyness -- rather than black & white -- colored the interpersonal dynamics that facilitated human agency.
Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the series -- so much that I couldn't help but feel that the end of it had come too soon. On the other hand, that disappointment (if it can be called that) could just be part of the ebb that naturally follows the exhilarating high of taking part in a grand adventure. And what a truly exciting one this was!
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