This series is my favorite of the new year so far! (To be fair, it’s the only series I’ve read this so far…) Scott Westerfeld the other of the Midnighters series and the Uglies series, has once again blown me away. This time in a very positive way. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the Uglies series was quite good. He’s a talented writer. But, boy, is he infuriating. In the Uglies series, everything would be going amazing until you reached that one point in the end, where he’d pretty much dash all your hopes against the rocks. He’s done this with all of the books I’ve read of his. Due to my past trauma, I was nervous about reading this trilogy.
I was, however, swept away. I shall start with the first book:
It was everything a first book in a trilogy should be. It’s different in the aspect that it’s alternative history. It’s retelling the story of WWI. Now, it is a battle between the Clankers and the Darwinists. The Clankers, are machine type people who create wonderful walking war machines. The Darwinists are fabricators of real life species to make them more useful. The Leviathan is a giant fabricated whale that the Darwinists use as an airship. I loved the idea of the Clankers and Darwinists. Personally, I think I lean a little to the Clanker side, but… I think of Bovril the Perspicacious Loris, and then I’m almost a Darwinist.
We were introduced to the main characters: Deryn Sharp, a Scottish girl who wants to work aboard an airship. To do so, she disguises herself as a boy called Dylan. She is very clever, has a quick mind, and is great at fixing problems. The other main character is Aleksander, the son of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie- the two aristocrats who are assassinated at the beginning of the book, causing the war to begin.
The book was exciting, clever, and an enjoyable read. A highlight would be Keith Thompson’s illustrations. The pictures add so much to the book.
The second book was also brilliant. The characters grew in impressive ways, action was always present, and Bovril, the Perspicacious Loris makes his first appearance. He’s the cutest and cleverest wee fabricated beastie in the book. I do love him.
There isn’t much to say about Behemoth. It doesn’t suffer from middle-book-itis (the unfortunate affair when the first book is amazing, but the second horrible.) It was quite good!
This was the perfect conclusion to the trilogy! Everything was wrapped up swimmingly! I admit, I’m a bit curious as to what will happen next to Deryn and Alek. I wouldn’t mind another book with their next adventures at all!
Ah, but this book is what I’m talking about. It was barking fantastic. The characters evolved realistically through the entire series. I could easily believe their personalities, secrets, and idiosyncrasies. I thought Westerfeld handled all of the characters- both main and side ones- masterfully.
It was all quite exciting. Though, I was a bit disappointed to find out that the main weapon in the end wasn’t as dangerous as Westerfeld suggested. It made some of the events earlier in the book useless and pointless. Not quite, of course, but still, everything just wasn’t as dire a situation as we’d been led to believe.
That was the only thing that annoyed me, really. I enjoyed this book immensely and couldn’t put it down.
For the whole series: A solid five.