'YA's hippest author' Scott Westerfeld is the author of the hugely popular Uglies series. As well as the Midnighters series and three stand alone YA novels, he has written five science fiction novels for adults. He and his wife, Justine, divide their time between Sydney and New York.
Scott Westerfeld and Alan Cumming keep the action flying along in this spellbinding sequel (2010) to Leviathan (2009, both S & S). In the first book, Deryn posed as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service, and this time around, she's still dealing with her feelings for fugitive Prince Alek. The Leviathan is headed for Istanbul, and Deryn and Alek hope they can stop the bloody battle that has been brewing in Europe. But nothing goes as planned. Westerfeld's ingenious juxtaposition of actual World War II events with the fantastic (steampunk) is brought to life by Cumming's spot-on vocalization. His German/Austrian accent is flawless, Deryn's Scottish brogue is pitch-perfect, and his ability to change his inflection for each character is incredible. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.