Goliath by Scott Westerfield

Published: 2011

Genre: steampunk alternate history

Length: 543 pages

Setting: Russia and the U.S., 1914

Font: Hoefler Text

Interest: It’s the third and final book in the series. I had gotten Mr. Curiosity reading the series, so I finally got around to reading the last book.

Summary: The Leviathan is sent on a secret mission to pick up Tesla from his camp in Siberia. Tesla has created a weapon he feels could end the war. Alek is obsessed with stopping the war, so he puts his efforts to getting Tesla back to his New York lab for a demonstration of the weapon. On the way, they utilized the assistance of William Hearst and Pancho Villa. Tesla is all set to run his demonstration, but the Germans have sent some underwater machines to take out the weapon. Leviathan has been hanging around offshore to take care of the German machines, but is almost taken out when Tesla decides to fire the weapon fully changed instead of just a demonstration.

Final thoughts: While the plot of these books isn’t very complicated to explain, you feel like you’re right there with Deryn and Alek. The perspicacious lorises played a much larger role and sounded like the best kind of pet ever. Deryn’s secret was finally discovered, but Alek was able to make things work out between them. I was sad the series was over (as was Mr. Curiosity). I loved the Darwinist beasties the best, and the imagination needed to come up with animals to do all the machinery work was quite impressive. As a side note, the illustrations in the book are much better than the cover art.

Title comes from: Tesla named his weapon Goliath.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 47/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and a W in my author Alphabet Soup Challenge

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