The Science Fiction Book Club is looking to alternative histories in Spring 2019! The first book of the semester will be Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. This story takes place in an alternative version of World War I where the Austro-Hungarians and Germans are known as “Clankers” (due to their use of steam-powered machines) and the British are “Darwinists” (they have genetically modified animals for ships and weapons). The story centers on the meeting of two unlikely friends from opposite sides and what they encounter on the great ship Leviathan as they both try to conceal their own secrets.
No matter what way you choose to read the book, we really think you’re in for a treat. Those that read it in print or digital will be able to enjoy fantastic illustrations by Keith Thompson. The audiobook is also highly recommended, as it’s read by actor Alan Cumming. Leviathan was included on the Young Adult Library Services Association “Best Books for Young Adults” list in 2010. If you love it, be prepared to devour the sequels: Behemoth and Goliath. You can find Leviathan at your local public library or through interlibrary loan.
We look forward to chatting with you about Leviathan on Wednesday, February 20th at 1pm in Library 314.