Goliath

Goliath

Book - 2012
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Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9781416971788
Branch Call Number: YA WES
Characteristics: 543 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Keith 1982-

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SCL_Justin Jul 23, 2017

Goliath is a fitting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy. While Leviathan and Behemoth both referred to Darwinist creations in their titles, Goliath is an electrical super-weapon designed by Nikola Tesla to end the Great War.

The story follows Alek and Deryn as they ride the airship Leviathan over Siberia to Japan then California, Mexico and New York. The plot in this one was a little bit less urgent and more episodic. Alek is desperately trying to find a way to end the war, but can only really find a role in being an assistant to Tesla, while Deryn’s disguise as a boy is the big thing at risk for her in the book. It relied a bit more on meeting real people from history than the previous books as well.

But the climax was thrilling and fit the story perfectly, there were giant fighting bears (sadly not in the climax) and the thing ends happily. Good steampunk; great story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 17, 2016

Goliath is the final book in the Trilogy of Leviathan and Behemoth but unfortunately not nearly as good as those which came before. While it was an enjoyable read which followed the others to perfection, I felt there was so much going on that at some points I felt lost. Other then this aspect about Goliath, it was a grand journey much like the other books in the series and it ended it all in a spectacular way. Goliath i find, unlike the previous two books was ambitious in terms of the story and plot. We move swiftly across the world and learn so much that at times, it's difficult to remember all the information. However, when all is said and done, all the information is nicely tied up and presented to you in the wonderful ending. Overall, while I feel Goliath falls short of its predecessors, i still feel it was an enjoyable read and strongly recommend it and the entire series.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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indigo_fox_109
Jan 25, 2016

I was a teeny bit disapointed by the romance in the series. It was good at the end, but throughout the book.....eh.
Other than that, I loved it.

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lnnholloway
Jul 14, 2015

um...the summary underneath the picture of the book on this page is a huge spoiler. Can someone please edit this?

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chonka
Jul 15, 2014

really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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dragonette
Jul 10, 2014

it's one of my favourite series ever. It is so good!!!

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dragonette
Jul 10, 2014

It is such a great book, like the rest of the series, and it is a good ending. Bovril is cool.

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Chikorita
Jan 25, 2014

Every single book in this series was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was instantly sucked into the books as soon as I read them. And I totally shipped Alek and Deryn from the start! ^-^

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

I feel about this book the same way I felt about Behemoth -- it's exciting, but the first book was better. Somehow, the action just seems less...fresh, less exciting, than it did back in Leviathan. The resolution of the romance also seemed a bit hurried to me. But, still worth reading!

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Brisingr2000
Aug 10, 2013

Just like the first 2, this book is one of the best in the world!!!!!!!!

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Celeaste
Jun 09, 2013

"Get stuffed!"
"You bum-rag!"

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CinnamonC
Jun 01, 2013

Bovril sat on his [Master Klopp's] shoulder, memorizing new German obscenities with glee.

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ElizabethSummer
Jan 23, 2012

Alek: What do you see?
Deryn: Only the four largest riggers coming up on the ratlines to rescue you us. It must be barking nice to be a prince.

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ElizabethSummer
Jan 23, 2012

Alek: Y-you're a girl!
Deryn: What? You've known that for a whole barking week!
Alek: Yes, but I-I can see it now.

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ElizabethSummer
Jan 23, 2012

Alek: Did you just...
Deryn: Aye. I did.
Alek: I-I certainly am awake now.
Deryn: So it works on sleeping princes too?

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 29, 2011

You daft prince.

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ElizabethSummer
Dec 29, 2011

He's a scientist. They like rocks.

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Jul 08, 2012

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Feb 03, 2012

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

In this last installment of the trilogy, Alek and Deryn are sent to collect none other than Nicola Tesla himself, who claims to have developed a superweapon capable of leveling cities. Will the threat of its deployment be enough to stop the war? Maybe, but not before Deryn's carefully guarded secret is revealed!

shelby11 Jun 13, 2011

Alek and Deryn are aboard the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pickup an unusual passenger. This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war. But whose side is he really on?

While on their top-secret mission, Alek finally discovers Deryn's deeply kept secret. Two, actually. Not only is Deryn a girl disguised as a guy.. she has feelings for Alek.

The crown, true love with a commoner, and the destruction of a great city all hang on Alek's next -- and final -- move

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