The history of the beginning of World War I takes an explosively imaginative turn into science fiction in "Leviathan." In Scott Westerfeld's creation in the "steampunk" genre, remnants of historical characters and events provide the backdrop for conflict between machines and living creatures - the Clankers and the Darwinists.
The Leviathan rescues Dylan, who joins the crew and its mission to protect the Continent from the Clankers. Dylan's mission and Alek's escape converge in a surprising and captivating series of events.
For readers looking for a creative fusion of science fiction and alternative history, read Leviathan and decide whether the Clankers or the Darwinists have the edge.
The German and Austrian armies are known as Clankers
and are highly mechanised, and along with planes and Zeppelins, they have powerful armoured walking machines such as Stormwalkers.
Ankle-anchors don't have to be clunky clankers
. Galco's Ankle Glove uses calf-height suspension to hold your handgun in place.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE has branded his fellow Formula One drivers a bunch of robotic clankers
Their adventure leads them to Treasure Trove Cove, where they explore a ship, and Clankers
Cavern, where they meet a giant mechanical whale.
The assassination triggers a war between the Darwinists, who believe in advanced biotechnology creating a new species, and the Clankers
, who believe in the mechanically engineered machines without manipulations and alterations.
A conflict similar to World War I is the background for an epic clash between the Clankers
(who use mechanical engineering) and the Darwinists (biotechnology like you've never seen before).
While the first book in the trilogy centers on page-turning battles between the machines of the Clankers
and the beasties of the Darwinists, volume two shifts slightly to focus on equally suspenseful espionage.
Steampunk would not be steampunk without a story full of fantastical machines like dirigibles, whale airships, and "Clankers
" which are steam driven iron machines with guns and ammunition.
Behemoth is the sequel to Leviathan, a steampunk-influenced series set in an alternative World War One between the Clankers (the Central European Powers who rely on mechanical devices) and the Darwinists (Britain and her allies, whose technology is based upon bioengineered animals).
Clanker machines are equally ingenious, especially the Ottoman 'war elephants' which feature in the battle which climaxes the novel.
Whether they are human-like cyborgs or steampunk clankers
, they always add a unique element to a story.