Now that I’ve finally finished Suzanne Collin’s “Hunger Games” Trilogy and polished off Neil Gaimon’s American Gods, I’m looking for something to read. And to be honest, Scott Westerfeld’s “Leviathan Trilogy” sounds excellent.
For those who missed the first book, the Leviathan trilogy is set in an alternate World War I where a number of things are different. For one thing, the British and their allies (“the Darwinists”) have developed a kind of genetic engineering, allowing them to create airships and sea monsters (among other things) that fight on their side. Meanwhile, the Germans and their friends (“the Clankers”) have created superior robots and war machines.
There are two protagonists: Aleksander (“Alek”), who’s fleeing the assassination of his parents and may be the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. And Deryn, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy (“Dylan”) to become a midshipman aboard the Leviathan, a huge living airship. (Deryn gets to serve aboard the Leviathan thanks to a complicated chain of circumstances in the first book, too lengthy to go into.)
There’s a lot of darkness in the two main characters’ backstory. Alek’s parents are murdered and he’s forced to grow up fast and make some tough choices. Deryn’s father has died in a balloon accident, which has left her somewhat traumatized. Plus it takes place against the backdrop of one of the most vicious, bloody wars in human history. But what’s even clearer in the second book than in the first is that this is primarily a fun, light-hearted — even goofy — series. Unlike, say, the Hunger Games books, which have moments of playfulness and some improbable events, but are fundamentally dark and disturbing.
Anyone have a reading suggestion?