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Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

17 Feb

Behemoth

Author: Scott Westerfeld [also wrote also wrote the Uglies trilogy [Extras], and the Midnighters trilogy [The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, and Blue Noon]]

Pages [hardcover]: 485

Favorite Characters: Deryn and Alek

Book 2 in the Leviathan Trilogy
Book 1: Leviathan

Summary:

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan‘s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

Review:

This series is one of my favorites at the moment. I haven’t read much steampunk, and so anything in that genre is new to me. I think everything is so creative-the Clankers, the Darwinists, how everything blends into the historical setting. I also love Deryn’s girls-are-as-good-as-boys attitude, Alek’s stuck-up princeliness, and the funny little creatures the Darwinists come up with.

There are pictures scattered throughout this book, and they’re beautiful as well as helpful. At some points I’d hear a description, attempt to picture it, and fail. Turning the page, I would usually see what it was imagined to look like. And when it comes to huge machines resembling pagan godesses and monsters that can swallow a ship whole, I need a lot of help.

The point of view alternates between Deryn and Alek. I like how one person from each side of the war is selected. Each tells the story in their own biased way, and then the reader is left to decide-which is better, Darwinists or Clankers?

I personally prefer the Darwinists. I’d take wee little beasties over smelly old machines any day. ;)

Behemoth, the second installment in the Leviathan trilogy, gets 5/5 stars. I can’t wait for the third book, Goliath! I think it comes out in September…

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

2 Nov

So Yesterday

Author: Scott Westerfeld (also wrote the Uglies trilogy [Extras], the Midnighters trilogy [The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, and Blue Noon], and Leviathan)

Pages [paperback]: 240

Available Now!

Memorable Quote: Sometimes the facts in my head get bored and decide to take a walk in my mouth. Frequently this is a bad thing.

Favorite Character: Hunter

 Summary:

Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is “cool,” combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen’s creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.

Review:

I love Scott Westerfeld! His books are so unique and well thought out. I haven’t been disappointed yet, and this was no exception. I’ve been waiting for a while to pick this book up, and it’s weird that I learned about “cool hunting” in school last week, right about the same time I started to read this.

Hunter is paid to research what is “cool” for teenagers. He discovers trends before they even happen, taking pictures of a person’s clothes, shoes, or even hairstyle-whatever can be made into money. Hunter’s never thought might about this culture he lives in. But what if someone was doing something to change everything?

This novel is great, but also makes a great point: We rely too much on products and advertising, constantly exposed to companies that are clamoring for whatever money we’re willing to spend. Manipulating millions into thinking they need something that’s “cool”-that’s what this culture is about.

Hunter and Jen, while are unique characters. Hunter surrounds himself with cool because he’s afraid of being uncool, just like Jen. She’s an Innovator; he’s a cool hunter.

The ending left a little to be desired. It just seemed to fall off, with no real promise of what would happen. It’s left up to the reader to interpret.

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld gets 5/5 stars.

“Midnighters: Touching Darkness” by Scott Westerfeld

12 Apr


“Midnighters: Touching Darkness”
Author: Scott Westerfeld
This is the second book in the Midnighters trilogy. Find the review for the first book, The Secret Hour, here.
Pages [Hardcover]: 330
Available in stores now!
First line: At last, everything was sorted out.
Memorable Quote: In the blue time, math kicked ass
Favorite Character: Dess
Dess, Jonathan, Jessica, Melissa, and Rex are the only midnighters around. The rest mysteriously disappeared around fifty years ago, vanishing without a trace or even a hint of what might have happened to them. As they struggle to unravel this mystery, they stumble onto a larger problem: a strange man has been hanging around outside Jessica’s house, taking photos-at exactly the stroke of midnight. Could this man know something about the midnighters? Will they ever figure out what happened so long ago?
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I really liked the first Midnighters and this one didn’t diappoint. In fact, I really liked this second book better. The characters seemed more full of life and seemed to know what they were doing. Not just wandering around thinking about what they should do or unsure of what to decide. They had specific goals and set out to fulfill them. I was more than happy to be taken along on the ride.
There was more action, more romance, more-well, everything, actually.
The relationships between characters really deepened in this second installment.
This book definitely gets 5/5 stars.

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