Scott Westerfeld‘s newest book, the Leviathan looks like a truly amazing experience. Littered with steampunk artwork like the above, with a tight, intelligent prose, it is definitely on my holiday lists. I’m getting it for my book-worm cousin, hopefully someone feels the same way about me. From Westerfeld’s website:
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
Anyway, the first chapter is available for free online. Why don’t you go check it out?