Scott Westerfeld, author of the fantastic YA sci-fi series Uglies, has a new novel coming out in October. Set in 1914, Leviathan is an alternate history novel that gives the steampunk treatment to WWI-period Europe. Given the intelligence and sensitivity of Uglies, this should be worth snatching up in hardcover. Westerfeld’s website has a sample of the audiobook, read by Alan Cumming.

Steampunk fuses a 19th c. aesthetic with ahistorical technology – think of the zeppelins and marvelous carriages in the film of The Golden Compass, the war-machines in Howl’s Moving Castle, or magic vs. tech videogames like Arcanum and Rise of Legends. Ideal for speculative fiction and alternate histories, the steampunk aesthetic can be found in contemporary furniture, jewelry, and clothing designs, as well as in genre fiction.

Leviathan is out October 6th on Simon Pulse.


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