Sunday, April 22, 2012

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

I hated to see this series end, but what an ending!

Deryn and Alek find out they are traveling into Siberia to rescue a man who may have a weapon to end the war. Nikola Tesla, who invented the Tesla machine that can destroy airships, claims to have a weapon called Goliath. Goliath has the strength to destroy an entire city and the threat of its use alone could stop the war. Dr. Barlowe and Deryn both doubt Tesla, as he seems to be a madman. The area where they find him has been flattened and no wildlife exists in the area. Could he have destroyed the area or could it be something else? In the midst of Tesla's claims, the truth about Deryn is finally revealed to Alek and he must decide his true feelings about Deryn. The end of this series is filled with romance, excitement, and explosions and is just as wonderful as the other two books. I don't want to give too much away, but this may be one of my favorite endings ever in a book. Since this is the end of the trilogy I will save details, so that it is not too spoilery.

Favorite Quote: "A bit daft, she finally said. Getting a medal for falling down." I also like the dedication, "To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last."

Favorite Character: Deryn of course. She is brave, reckless, and extremely loyal. She does not need anyone to take care of her, but she is willing to risk everything for Alek, so she also knows how to love. She is one of my favorite fictional characters ever! I did like the character of Alek and he was the most interesting as far as growth. He changes from a spoiled prince to a man who respects women and learns what the most important things in life really are. He feels  the pressure of the world and learns his true place in it.
5 bars of chocolate! As if there was any doubt. This is one of my favorite series now and these are by far the best books I have read this year. I can recommend this series to so many people, because it has a light romance, extreme action, and hilarious parts all mixed together. Wonderful!

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