Writer's Book Club

LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld

Join the Writer’s Book Club in discussing LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld! No membership or prior involvement required—jump in whenever you want! Discussions are open indefinitely.

To keep from spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it yet, I’ll post the discussion questions in the comments of this post. If you have read the book, click on “Comments” to respond with your thoughts. If you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?? Go out and get it!

Remember to be respectful of everyone, and the WBC should run smoothly. Let the discussion begin!


5 thoughts on “LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld


    1. This book was my first venture into the genre of steampunk. Westerfeld describes the nature of steampunk as “blending future and past.” For example, LEVIATHAN combines future technology with the history of 1914. So what are your thoughts on the steampunk genre? Why do you think it’s becoming so popular?

    2. Did the illustrations enhance the book? Would the machines have been harder to imagine without the illustrations, or were the descriptions sufficient?

    3. I was impressed that Westerfeld managed to write nearly nonstop action throughout the entire story. Did the character development suffer as a result, or were you emotionally invested in the characters?

    4. Was the plot compelling enough for you to want the sequel? Who was your favorite character? Your favorite part of the book?

    5. Here’s a chance for YOU to create a discussion question! It can be anything you were interested in or curious about.

  2. Leviathan wasn’t at our library! And since I’ve just moved here-I didn’t have time to order it from interlibrary loan (boo!) I’ll miss the discussion, and hope to read it soon. Hope to catch it next time!

  3. I took issue with the comment on page 3 about “musty old tutors” haha I think the characters were developed by the events that happened. They were defined by how they responded to different situation. Their decisions considered other people not just themselves. This is not the kind of book that I usually read, but I found myself unable to put it down. Thanks Erin for broadening my horizon!

    • No one would ever call YOU a musty old tutor. 😀 I think you’re exactly right about the events defining the characters. That was how character development worked in this book—via plot. It had to, with so much action!

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment! Love ya!


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