Goliath (Leviathan #3) – Scott Westerfeld.

This is Book Three in the series so review/synopsis will possibly contain spoilers for Leviathan and Behemoth. 

Synopsis from Goodreads.

Alek and Deryn are 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. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy

“Reality had no gears, and you never knew what surprises would come spinning out its chaos.”

Dear Alek,
I know in my review for Behemoth I told you that I was going to dedicate this final review to you and I would think of a theme tune for you.
Well, I haven’t.
I thought that, instead of writing a proper review that will help readers decide whether to read this book or not (you’d think this was a review site/book blog or something), I’d write you a letter.
It’s not going to be a fancy one (or one with paragraphs set out correctly) but it will be a simple one.

Now I love Deryn as much as the next person (she truly is spectacular) but I feel a lot of people look over you as a hero of this series.
I guess heroes come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they are even shorter than some girls. You are proof that you don’t have to have guns blazing (Although I find walking sticks to be just as useful) all the time to show how brave you are.
For in your understated-ness (Shh, it’s a word) you are intelligent, strong, trustworthy, loyal and caring.
And you are not a “waste of hydrogen”.
I have a feeling you’ll have plenty of time to get your sea-legs in the future.
Um… air-legs?
What do you call them if your vessel is a flying whale?

…..

Basically, I just wanted to say that I think you are one of the most underrated characters in YA literature.
You can have your vampires, your werewolves, your angels, your ones with a destiny or the ones who survive fighting in arenas but I’m an Alek girl, through and through.

Anyway I won’t keep you because I know you and a certain Mr Sharp have better things to do.

Lots of love,
Jo.

PS. I’m not sure how often you see Mr Westerfeld but if you do get chance to catch up, will you please thank him for writing such an exciting and beautiful ending to one of the most innovative, original, sweetest and completely-head-over-heels-in-love-and-best-friends-and-ohmygod-it’s-so-lovely-and-butterflies-in-my-tummy romantic series of YA books that will always have a special place on my bookshelf.
And also, Mr Thompson- tell him that that final picture almost slayed me.
And the picture of the loris with the moustache is probably my favourite thing in the entire world.

PPS. Hey, remember when I said that I loved to collect wonderful dedications from books?
This one takes the biscuit:

“To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last.”

And I really, really love biscuits.

(And secret snogs on air ships.)

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