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 at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
Goliath (Leviathan, Book 3)
I loved all these books, every single part of them all. I thought the unravelling of Deryn's big secret was written really well. I was sending mental messages to Alek in the last two books, saying 'How could you not see? How stupid can you really be?' And when he read the newspaper and spoke to Deryn using her real name was really clever, it is the perfect way to see through someone' disguise and to figure out the truth.
I thought Bovril was really funny, He kept hinting at Deryn's real person, with his Mr Sharp, things he says over and over again. It was kinda obvious when he kept saying that, and they must of all been really stupid not to see it sooner.
I thought that the ending was tied up really well. Beautiful. Not clumsy, not weirdly, simply perfect.
This book was a great conclusion to this epic steampunk trilogy. I reckon everyone on the globe should so read this if they want to experience this excellence.
Soundtrack: I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
Characters, especially Bovril.
Deryn's big reveal
Anyway, Goliath is a good conclusion to the series, although the ending is a bit abrupt. Of course, to make the alternate version align with what happened in real life, he was somewhat constrained in what the ending of the tale could be. Westerfeld chooses to end, and I really don't see this as a spoiler, with the entry of the US into the conflict. Even though that is not, as I hope everyone well knows, not the end of the war, but it works because it puts a nice cap to the tale of our heroes.
Reasons to love The Leviathan Trilogy:
-Fabricated creatures and crazy metal contraptions...they may not always make sense, but they're just so cool.
-Awesome art work, if you read the print version.
-Prefer audiobooks? That's almost better, because those are narrated by the incomparable Alan Cumming.
-You can learn a new vocabulary of swear words.
-The lorises, which are just the most awesome little creatures.
-A kickass female heroine, who's much stronger than the boy she loves.
-A prince in disguise!
-Nikola Tesla as a mad scientist, in fact the villain (of sorts) for book three.
Are these books perfect? No. However, they are still incredibly awesome and full of nerdy, action-adventure fun. Basically, if you ever got a kick out of history or fantasy, you should do yourself a favor and read these, starting with Leviathan.