Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book! I think I may have even liked it better than the first one, Leviathan. I began this book mentally preparing myself for the common downsides that I frequently find in second books of trilogies: many plotlines are started but only a few finished, the characters tend to develop annoying qualities, etc. However, this book had none of those problems whatsoever. Having finished it, I now love the characters even more than I did when I finished the first book. It was completely gripping.
And I have to wait how long until the third one comes out?
I think the one downside for me, content-wise, was that toward the end, another female character kisses Deryn on the mouth, and then seems to have known already that Deryn is a girl. I disagree with this kind of action based on my Christian beliefs, and for anyone out there who might be bothered by this, just be aware that it's coming.
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