Review – “Behemoth” by Scott Westerfeld

Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The setting of this sequel to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathanis World War I Europe. Much of the action of the book centers around historically accurate events. This makes this steampunk novel that much more interesting to me.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Alek does not know Deryn is a girl, and Deryn is falling for Alek and thinks Alek likes her, but is conflicted because she doesn’t want to push Alek away by divulging her secret but at the same time is having feelings that are proving to be distracting and overwhelming at times.

This would be a great book to discuss POV. The entire book is in 3rd person but it shifts from limited 3rd person centered on Deryn to limited 3rd person centered on Alek. This gives the reader an intimate view into the thoughts of each character, sometimes the shift happens so that we get the same sequence of events from each perspective making for a rounder picture and some humorous interactions.

This would also be a great way to hook students into studying WWI, comparing the history books with Westerfeld’s version of it.

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