Title Profile & Character Information

Leviathan

Annotation
It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl 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 the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.



Awards
2009  Aurealis Award
2010  Locus Awards
2009  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Characters
NameFerdinand, Aleksandar
GenderMale
TraitsAustrian Hungarian
Orphan

NameSharp, Deryn
GenderFemale
OccupationAirman
TraitBritish

GenreYoung adult fiction
War
Adventure
Science fiction
    --Steampunk
Alternative history
TopicsWorld War I
Darwinism
Alliances
Assassinations
Technological innovations
Machines
Hidden identities
Disguised gender
SettingSwitzerland