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Book review: Scott Westerfeld’s “Goliath”

Way back in early 2009, I pretty much didn’t care for Scott Westerfeld or any of his work. I knew of the “Uglies” series, but didn’t really have any desire to pick the books up and add them on my shelf.

It was only in October of 2009 that I became one of the Westerfeld faithful. I had picked up “Leviathan”, piqued by its steampunk cover and the snippet of conversation between Prince Aleksandar of Hohenberg and Count Volger that was printed on its back cover. I read it, gushed about it here, and when “Behemoth” came out, I gushed even more.

And I’m not the only one doing it either. Three years since it first began, Scott Westerfeld’s tale of steam-powered war machines and “fabricated” beasts have won over critics and readers alike. The School Library Journal declared that the “Leviathan” series is “sure to become a classic”; “Leviathan” was even awarded the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Readers haven’t been remiss in showing their appreciation as well, as both “Leviathan” and “Behemoth” have enjoyed stints on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

The series now draws to a close with the publication of “Goliath”. Will this final installment of an excellent series bring the story to a satisfying close? Or will it flounder under the expectations set by the first two books in the trilogy?

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