The story is told from two points of view, one being Aleksandar Ferdinand, the prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and our other main character is Deryn Sharp who is a female commoner but disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. Leviathan is a steam punk re-telling of World War I in 1912 and it shows how our two character’s paths unlikely cross.
Alek’s story starts out with his parents being murdered and he has to go on the run with his fencing instructor, Count Volger, and a highly acclaimed mechanic, Klopp. I didn’t think I was going to like Alek’s storyline at first but I ended up liking it a lot better then I thought I would. His storyline is action packed and also deals with political situations and trying to make the best out of the worst times.
Right when we met Deryn, I knew I was going to like her. She’s a kickass character and isn’t afraid to put herself in danger for the greater good. She can be a bit reckless at times and doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she knows what she believes in. I loved her storyline and found it fun to read how she has to struggle to keep up with her fake identity, Dylan. Although, sometimes I felt her actions were more feminine and somebody probably would’ve picked up on it, but nobody did.
At first, I thought it would be hard to grasp the steam punk world but it was explained very well and the writing style was great, so there wasn’t just huge information dumps that made the book anymore confusing then it needed to be. It also has beautiful pictures that help with the image building.
This was a super fun and quick read for me and it was also my first time reading a steam punk novel! I really liked the world that Westerfeld built, it almost felt real for me. I think it is a great novel for someone who maybe doesn’t do a lot of reading or for someone who is very passionate about reading because it had great development and world building, so I highly recommend it!