October 6, 2009: Scott Westerfeld breaks open the steampunk YA genre with the release of his “Leviathan” through Simon Pulse.
Departing from his more cyberpunk Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld begins the steampunk YA revolution! The novel received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was selected as a 2010 Notable Children’s Book by the ALSC and a 2010 Best Books for Young Adults with YALSA. In 2009, it won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
- Leviathan is a steampunk novel written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Keith Thompson. The book won the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
It is the first in a young adult fiction trilogy set in an alternate version of World War I, wherein the Central Powers (Clankers) are characterized by their use of mechanized war machines, while the Entente Powers (Darwinists) are characterized by their use of living creatures evolved specifically for war. The main characters are the teenage son of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and a Scottish girl with dreams of joining the Air Force.
Check out this really awesome book trailer, using Mr. Thomson’s artwork:
Goggles down and hang on for adventure! Man your airships at your local Independent bookstore!