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Goliath

Leviathan Series, Book 3

The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).

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 Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic onboard: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.

The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).

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 Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic onboard: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.

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    "Siberia," Alek said. The word slipped cold and hard from his tongue, as forbidding as the landscape passing below.

    "We won't be over Siberia till tomorrow." Dylan sat at the table, still attacking his breakfast. "And it'll take almost a week to cross it. Russia is barking big."

    "And cold," Newkirk added. He stood next to Alek at the window of the middies' mess, both hands wrapped around a cup of tea.

    "Cold," repeated Bovril. The creature clutched Alek's shoulder a little tighter, and a shiver went through its body.

    In early October no snow lay on the ground below. But the sky was an icy, cloudless blue. The window had a lace of frost around its edges, left over from a frigid night.

    Another week of flying across this wasteland, Alek thought. Farther from Europe and the war, and from his destiny. The Leviathan was still headed east, probably toward the empire of Japan, though no one would confirm their destination. Even though he'd helped the British cause back in Istanbul, the airship's officers still saw Alek and his men as little better than prisoners. He was a Clanker prince and they were Darwinists, and the Great War between the two technologies was spreading faster every day.

    "It'll get much colder as we angle north," Dylan said around a mouthful of his breakfast. "You should both finish your potatoes. They'll keep you warm."

    Alek turned. "But we're already north of Tokyo. Why go out of our way?"

    "We're dead on course," Dylan said. "Mr. Rigby made us plot a great circle route last week, and it took us all the way up to Omsk."

    "A great circle route?"

    "It's a navigator's trick," Newkirk explained. He breathed on the window glass before him, then drew an upside-down smile with one fingertip. "The earth is round, but paper is flat, right? So a straight course looks curved when you draw it on a map. You always wind up going farther north than you'd think."

    "Except below the equator," Dylan added. "Then it's the other way round."

    Bovril chuckled, as if great circle routes were quite amusing. But Alek hadn't followed a word of it--not that he'd expected to.

    It was maddening. Two weeks ago he'd helped lead a revolution against the Ottoman sultan, ruler of an ancient empire. The rebels had welcomed Alek's counsel, his piloting skills, and his gold. And together they'd won.

    But here aboard the Leviathan he was deadweight--a waste of hydrogen, as the crew called anything useless. He might spend his days beside Dylan and Newkirk, but he was no midshipman. He couldn't take a sextant reading, tie a decent knot, or estimate the ship's altitude.

    Worst of all, Alek was no longer needed in the engine pods. In the month he'd been plotting revolution in Istanbul, the Darwinist engineers had learned a lot about Clanker mechaniks. Hoffman and Klopp were no longer called up to help with the engines, so there was hardly any need for a translator.

    Since the first time he'd come aboard, Alek had dreamed of somehow serving on the Leviathan. But everything he could offer--walker piloting, fencing, speaking six languages, and being a grandnephew of an emperor--seemed to be worthless on an airship. He was no doubt more valuable as a young prince who had famously switched sides than as an airman.

    It was as if everyone were trying to make him a waste of hydrogen.

    Then Alek remembered a saying of his father's: The only way to remedy ignorance is to admit it.

    He took a slow breath. "I'm aware that the earth is round, Mr. Newkirk. But I still don't understand this 'great circle route' business."

    "It's dead easy to see if you've got a globe in front of you," Dylan said, pushing away his plate....

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  • Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Alan Cumming enthusiastically narrates the continuing airship adventures of Prince Alek, heir to Austria, and Midship(wo)man Deryn/Dylan Sharp as they fly from Istanbul to New York, intent on stopping WWI. Stops in Siberia, Japan, California, and Mexico afford ample opportunity to deploy a range of accents, and Cumming is remarkably skillful at alternating between Deryn's Scots brogue and Alek's German accent in rapid dialogue. A questionable Transylvanian singsong voice for Nikola Tesla is a comic reminder that these adventures are over the top and the listener should just hang on for the ride. Their time aboard the LEVIATHAN has ended, but Westerfeld hints that it's not the last we've seen of the duo. One hopes that the engaging Cumming will continue to soar with them. M.M.O. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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