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Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warships.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781416971764
Characteristics: 485 p. : ill. --
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Keith 1982-


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SCL_Justin Jul 19, 2017

Behemoth is the second book in Scott Westerfeld’s YA steampunk Leviathan trilogy. Though it had been a while since I read the first one, I was pulled right into this excellent middle volume.

Alek and Deryn/Dylan begin the story en route to Istanbul where the scientist/spy granddaughter of Charles Darwin has eggs to present to the Sultan to sway the Ottoman Empire from supporting the Clankers. Remember that in this alternate history, the world is divided into Clankers – cultures using mechanical power and walking tanks and the like – and the Darwinists – cultures who bioengineer their tools. Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are Clankers. Britain and Russia are Darwinist. America is an odd hybrid that no one really wants involved in Europe’s conflict.

The story has exciting air battles, spy/sabotage escapades, gender-swapped shenanigans (Alek and almost everyone else is unaware that Dylan is a girl posing as a boy to be able to be in the Air Service), revolutionaries, unconventional weaponry, Tesla lightning cannons and of course a giant sea monstrosity that might be able to keep the Ottomans out of the war.

May 17, 2016

A superb sequel to the story Leviathan. Behemoth bring about a different side to this world, a side shrouded by mystery and deceit. Once again you join the lovely characters of the previous book as they try to establish peace between two great nations. And like the first book, the sequel sucks you in with its detail and character build up, never letting you go for a moment as you want to read on until it's finished. You are introduced to so much in this book you truly get to grasp the bigger picture of this world and you are able to sympathize with the many characters involved. Overall, Behemoth is a grand successor to Leviathan.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 29, 2014

This sequel to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan sucks you in from the first sentence and doesn't let you go until the last word is read; only to leave you gasping for breath and the next book. The breathtaking streets of Constantinople and strange characters you will meet there will have you in stitches with their dry, wity, banter.

I whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone with a love of adventure and humer. I hope you have plenty of time before bed or you will be up rather late because you will not be able to put it down though. Enjoy!

Sep 08, 2014

dang if this is as good as the first book i cant wait to read

Apr 21, 2014

This was an amazing book! I really liked "Leviathan", but I liked "Behemoth even better. I really got attached to the characters. I like this book better because of the fast plot line, so the book moves faster. Also, the tension between all the characters is great. All these things combined, and more, kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I also like the alternate history Scott Westerfeld put into this book, and some of the history parts are true, such as the locals of the city do call Constantinople "Istanbul". I highly recommend this book!

Jul 05, 2013


Jun 01, 2013

Possibly my favorite book of all time. : ) Adventure, fabricated beasties, a girl disguised as a boy- what more could you want?

Mar 21, 2013

Doesn't quite live up to the first book but it is really close. Really makes you hate you're totally normal and bland life actually. Really, who wouldn't like a robot or fabricated animals?

Feb 25, 2013

can't wait to read!

Jan 25, 2013

This is an awesome book

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May 28, 2013

"His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt."

Ixa Jul 30, 2012

"Alick! your being a Dumbkrogf!"

funnyest beastie lover line ever! LOL XD!

Feb 05, 2012

"It's almost like...I'm in love."
"I know it's silly, but if things were different..."
"But...have you guessed already? Am I that obvious? What if... things were different. Urgh! What are you saying?"
"I think...I'm in love with your ship."
"With the Leviathan????"

Feb 05, 2012

"Don't be silly, young man. It's elephants all the way down."

Jan 25, 2012

The only sound from the birdcage was Bovril's maniacal laughter.


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