Are you a Clanker or a Darwinist?
Scott Westerfield, author of the popular Uglies series, is back with an amazing new novel in the steampunk tradition. Leviathan features an alternate 1914 Europe, where countries are classified as "Clankers," devoted to mechanical machinery, or "Darwinists," who genetically engineer animals to perform most of society's tasks.
When Austrian Prince Alek's parents are assassinated, it sets of a domino-effect of international conflicts that may escalate into a World War. On the run for his life, he struggles to reach neutral Switzerland, where he believes he will find asylum. His narration is alternated with that of Deryn, a flight-crazy girl who disguises herself as a boy to join the British Air Service.
This book is very fast-paced, with intriguing drawings intermixed. The alternate historical setting is fascinating, as is Deryn's vernacular. I can't wait for the next book in this series.