Be Warned: these are Young Adult books and primarily centre around two youths caught up in a re-imagined WW1, so no complicated plot lines here. But the best part of it is the background and detail that Westerfield has put into creating his alternate WW1 which in 1914 is setup exactly as the real world but for their technology
|The Leviathan! From http://www.keiththompsonart.com/|
Conversely, the Central Powers are known as the Clankers and embrace machinery. As a result they have some very nifty toys from attack walkers to land battleships, and seagoing monitors mounting tesla cannons.
|When the Navy Walked indeed! From http://www.keiththompsonart.com/|
|One of my favourite parts from Leviathan: German aerial stormtroopers! From http://www.keiththompsonart.com/|
So overall I quite enjoyed this series of books for its wonderful WW1 flavour and the thoughtful divergence of technology. Many, many modelling and gaming ideas here! The only drawback is the young adult aspects, but then again these will be under Christmas tree for my lad so they also serve a different purpose!
PS When you've finished all three books, read the bonus epilogue chapter here - no peaking!