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Leviathan
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2009, 448 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2010, 464 pages

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Young Adults: The author of the Uglies series returns with the first installment of a steampunk series

Scott Westerfeld, author of the popular Uglies series for young adults, tries his hand at steampunk in Leviathan, an imaginative alternate-reality story featuring two teenagers who must cope with personal loss and isolation, and who learn the meaning of friendship in a time of war. But this book is no downer. Westerfeld takes readers along for the wild adventures of the two young protagonists. Written for a YA audience, Leviathan is a fun read for adults as well.

Alek and Deryn are 15, on the cusp of adulthood, but still young enough to hold onto the idealism, rebelliousness, and naiveté of youth. Young readers will see something of themselves in these characters, traits that transcend gender, nationality, time period, and the sci-fi setting of the book. Adult readers will appreciate the realism that Westerfeld imbues them with.

Alek is a well-meaning but lonely boy who hasn'...

Leviathan is suitable for readers 12 and up.

Publishing Soon: Behemoth - the second volume in this four part series, publishing October 5, 2010.

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