DNF: Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield  (Canada) - (US)
Leviathan, #1

Pages: 142/440
Ages: 12+
Finished: DNF
First Published: Oct. 6, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, steampunk, alternate history
Rating:  DNF

First sentence:

The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon and Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  I've always wanted to read the author, and the steampunk element appealed to me.

This just didn't work for me.  I was bored with it.  I had been looking for the steampunk of Arthur Slade or Kenneth Oppel but ended up with the alternate history of Harry Turtledove.  I just can't stand alternate military history and this being set in an alternate WWI was too much about the politics of their war which bored me and not enough about the characters' stories away from the war, which I would have liked.  And the animals turned into machines was absolutely disgusting to me, not something my stomach could handle. Just not my thing.  I still intend to try the author's Uglies series.


  1. Yeah, Arthur Slade is a lot better. I still liked this book, but not as much as others...

  2. I have absolutely no experience with steampunk, but I did buy this book . . . mostly because I love the cover! I do hope to actually read it at some point though. Sorry it didn't work for you!


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