Aug 3, 2013

Goliath - Scott Westerfeld "

Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
Whole I'm sad that this book was the end of the trilogy, it was a great book!
In this book Dylan is finally found out to be a girl named Deryn, by Alek. I did make things different and there was a bit of romance between them towards the end, I think it was tactfully done. Not that I particularly enjoyed it, bit it did help the flow of the plot.
In some ways I think this book lacked the excitement that the other two books shared, maybe because the suspense of Deryn being found out ended about halfway through the book; either way I missed all the battles along the way.
Alek and Deryn are great characters; the one word I think of when I try to describe them, is Loyal. Their loyalty to one another always wins out, not matter the cost, and I admire that. It is also very cool to see how characters grow through the course of the trilogy, to know that they are not the same person they were on the first page of book one. It reminds me of a quote I've read somewhere, "A man never steps in the same river twice.", and if you think about that, it really is very true.
Oh and there is also a fabricated animal or "beastie" , called a loris, that really made me smile a lot, especially in this book! It was present in the the first two books as well but it was more lively in this one.
While the Darwinists and Darwinism were present in this book as well, because it is a main part of the story, it isn't overbearing.
I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, mainly because of the "happily-ever-after" sort of ending that it was, it wasn't a terrible way to end it, just not my taste, I guess.
Though I do wish there had been a little more action and a little less "feelings".
I wouldn't say this book was my favorite in the, I think this trilogy was an excellent introduction to the steampunk genre! I really enjoyed these books and will reread them sometime for sure!
Title - Goliath
Author - Scott Westerfeld
Series/Trilogy Title - The Leviathan Trilogy
Book in Series/Trilogy - #3
Pages - 543
Type of Book - Steampunk Fiction
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