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 as it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy. (Source: Goodreads)
I adore this series. Westerfeld has a creative gift. His ability to craft a steampunk history of the World War I that can capture you at any age has me with my mouth hanging open. I can’t believe I waited so long to set sail on this final leg of the Leviathan series.
Westerfeld takes our young voyagers first to Siberia where they meet Tesla, scientist most known for his work with electricity. He convinces them to take him to Japan and on the America where he claims to have a weapon that will end the war. In their travels they encounter William Randolf Hearst and the full force of Yellow Journalism. They have a brief stint in Mexico and meet Pancho Villa then up to New York.
I love the content, but the real draw is always and forever Deryn for me. She is still saucy, strong and pretending to be a boy. Alek discovers her secret and struggles with if their friendship will continue in its current form, change or exist at all. If that isn’t enough of a blow, Deryn fears her secret will be revealed to the entire world. She can’t imagine a world where she isn’t allowed to fly.
Just like the previous books, it is packed with action, suspicion, twists and turns. Westerfeld left me thinking there is room for a spinoff series that takes us into the World War II.
When is a weapon ever the answer for peace.