Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

This is the final edition in the Leviathan trilogy. Arianna did a review of Behemoth a while ago, and here's my take on Goliath.

Alek and Deryn are headed to Russia on the Leviathan on a secret mission to rescue Dr. Tesla, the inventor that created the electric cannon that almost took the Leviathan down in Istanbul. Supposedly he has a weapon that could end the war immediately, and of course Alek feels that it is his destiny to help end the war and therefore support Dr. Tesla in his efforts. During this time Deryn is struggling with the fact that more people know she is a girl and Alek knows that she's in love with him. Relationships are becoming complicated, and even more so as Alek because more involved in politics and must sacrifice his own secrets to cover her own.

I have to say that I wasn't as pleased reading this than I was the first two books. They were fantastic and this wasn't as. I'm not saying it was bad, it just wasn't as good as the first two. There wasn't as much action and there wasn't as much drama. It was a bit staid, instead of major action there were just tiny little humps of action. Nothing huge. I mean things, I'm pretty sure, were intended to be game-changers but they didn't come off that way. They were just little hiccups of action.

On a brighter note, I really enjoyed the character development. I felt like both Alek and Deryn grew up in this book, they actually acted on their emotions as opposed to brooding which was excellent. Dr. Tesla was obnoxious but necessary. And the other ancillary characters were fine, but lets not forget that this is Alek and Deryn's story and they were fantastic.

It was a nice little wrap up to the series, the historical tie-ins were BRILLIANT, and overall a satisfying story. Just not the best out of the bunch.

This is coming out Sept. 20. Check it out.

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