FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, 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 World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
The Leviathan trilogy was inspired by the "Boy's Own Adventures" I discovered on library bookshelves as a kid, books from a century ago that had three main selling points: derring-do, airships, and beautiful illustrations. When I started work, I thought the first two would be enough to recapture the magic of those crumbling old books. But then I ran across Keith Thompson's amazing artwork, and realized that Leviathan could actually look like an adventure novel from 1914. The tale grew in the telling, and we would up with fifty(!) pieces of art in the first installment alone.
Keith has updated the opulence of those old illustrations, with a "Victorian manga" style that's both true to its roots and pure eye-candy to the modern teenager. He and I worked together to build a world in which Charles Darwin discovered how to combine the "life-threads" of species, leading to a World War I pitting fantastical creatures against steampunk machines. There are sword fights and talking lizards, pitched battles and narrow escapes, a prince in disguise as a commoner, and of course a girl posing as a boy to serve aboard a living, hydrogen-breathing airship.
It's my first time writing a historical (even an alternate-historical) and my first time working with an illustrator, both of which were a blast. I hope you enjoy entering the world of Leviathan. I sure did.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Powerpuff Girl choose your own adventures, however.) In my artsy days, I wrote music for artsy downtown New York dancers, some of which can be found at the bottom of my video page.
For my early adult books, check out the bottom of this page. Note that they aren’t particularly suitable for children.
I’m best known for my four sets of books for young adults. The most recent is the Leviathan trilogy. It’s a steampunk retelling of World War I, illustrated by the incomparable Keith Thompson. It features adventure, walking machines, and living airships! Read more about it here.
My most famous works are those of the Uglies series, set in a future where cosmetic surgery is compulsory when you turn 16, making everyone beautiful. Of course, there are some people who want to keep their own faces . . . and that’s not okay with the government. The series consists of a trilogy—Uglies, Pretties and Specials—as well as a companion novel, Extras.
I’ve written another YA trilogy called Midnighters, a tale of five teenagers born on the stroke of midnight, for whom time freezes every night, revealing a dark and terrible hidden world. My ancient, dorky website for the series is here.
I also have a set of books which is often called “The New York Trilogy,” three novels all set in contemporary New York, but not a real trilogy. The first is So Yesterday, about a cool hunter who runs afoul of a plot to end consumerism. The second is called Peeps, a “vampire” novel. The third isThe Last Days, set in the same world as Peeps.
I was born in Texas, and split my time between New York City and Sydney, Australia. (I have more frequent flyer miles than you do.) You can read many personal details of my life on my blog. (retrieved from author's website)
Many thanks to Scott for participating in this year's Book Battle blog. I hope everyone is enjoying his book as much as I did!