Early life Edit Westerfeld was born in Dallas, Texas. He saw his father working with planes, submarines, and the Apollo missions. Westerfeld graduated from Vassar College with a B. Westerfeld began his career writing novels for adults, but switched to YA literature with his Midnighters trilogy. While The Last Days is not a sequel to Peeps, it follows a group of different characters in the same setting.
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Edit The novel begins with Alek teaching Deryn how to fence on the spine of the Leviathan. However, their lesson is interupted by the attack of a gyrothopter and two German ironclads , the Goeben and the Breslau. Alek and Klopp take action without orders when they discover that the Goeben carries a Tesla cannon , but, although they manage to save the Leviathan, Alek is injured when Mr.
Hirst shoots him with an air gun. During the battle, Deryn saves Newkirk from a burning Huxley. After the battle, Alek and his men are put under guard. When Dr. Barlow and Deryn visit Alek, Deryn finds herself delivering a secret message to Count Volger , who confronts Deryn about her trustworthiness.
He is upset when he learns that Alek shared the secret of his past with Deryn in Leviathan. Volger also feels that Alek should try to escape when the Leviathan reaches Istanbul. Alek flees the ship the next night, soon after one of Dr. Bovril becomes attached to Alek and leaves with him.
However, as Alek and his men are escaping, they are discovered and Volger and Hoffman must stay behind, while Klopp and Bauer escape with Alek into the city of Istanbul.
The next day, the ship arrives at Istanbul. Barlow, Deryn and Newkirk meet with British officials in Istanbul on board the Dauntless , an elephant-shaped walker. They are introduced to the Kizlar Agha and visit the Sultan in his palace. The Sultan has an enormous automaton built and controlled by German engineers, which follows his every move.
However, when Dr. Deryn points out to Dr. Barlow, though, that it could have been the controllers who destroyed the egg, and not the Sultan. Meanwhile, Alek decides to stay in Istanbul instead of fleeing into the countryside as Volger suggested. He takes up residence the Hotel Hagia Sophia , but is soon discovered by German agents during a visit to an Ottoman coffee shop.
Feeling that it is his destiny to end the war, Alek hopes that a revolution in Istanbul will bring about peace. Zaven introduces Alek to his mother, Nene and daughter, Lilit , who initially do not trust him until Bovril convinces them. Alek also meets Eddie Malone, and asks him to bring a message to Volger on the Leviathan. Soon afterward, Deryn recieves a medal for bravery for rescuing Newkirk.
She is also given a secret assignment, to take a group of soldiers to sabatoge the Ottoman underwater defences with fabricated vitriolic barnacles.
Deryn succeeds in her mission, but her men are all killed or captured. Knowing that Alek is in Istanbul, Deryn decides to find him and help him instead of returning to her ship.
When Deryn finds Alek at his hotel, she is initially jealous of Lilit, thinking that Lilit and Alek are a couple. However, she still helps the Committee with their revolutionary plans, suggesting spice bombs as a form of attack. Alek gives the Committee most of his gold to finance this plan, as the spices are expensive.
Deryn manages to arrange that the revolution will occur on the night the Leviathan will attack Istanbul, which will make both attacks more likely to succeed. After Alek accidentally leaves his papal scroll in his hotel room, he, Deryn and Lilit return at night to find it. Deryn almost admits her secret to Alek, but stops when she realizes that Alek will never be able to love her back as the emperor of Austria-Hungary. Alek also tells Deryn that Lilit has a crush on her, which surprises Deryn, as she had thought that Lilit liked Alek.
Although Alek knows that this will make it harder for him to hide, he feels that the revolution is more important. Also, from Malone, Alek, Deryn and Lilit discover that there is a Tesla cannon in Istanbul that is capable of destroying the Leviathan when it arrives, and they realize that for the revolution to succeed they will have to bring down the cannon themselves.
They are met by a group of Ottoman elephant walkers , which they bring down with spice bombs, thrown by the arms of their walkers. However, the Tesla cannon is still charged for firing. The behemoth destroys the Goeben and the Breslau in the strait, following the Leviathan as it attacks. Bauer wakes up easily but Klopp seems to be badly injured. Bauer offers to stay with Klopp, and let Alek and Deryn escape, but Deryn wants to try to signal the Leviathan, safely passing over Istanbul after the destruction of the Tesla cannon.
She convinces Alek to come back on board the ship with her, saying that they belong together. Back on board the ship, Deryn learns that the revolution was sucessful, especially since the Kizlar Agha took the Sultan away on his airyacht, preventing further bloodshed. However, he also thanks Alek for saving his life.
The novel ends with the news that the Leviathan is now headed east, to Japan. Other covers Original cover for Behemoth, not published. Currently published in the Brazilian edition.
UK cover of Behemoth, released October 1, German cover of Behemoth, released April 25, UK paperback cover of Behemoth, released June 9, Russian cover of Behemoth. Japanese cover of Behemoth, released June 8, Hungarian cover of Behemoth.
This series God damn, this series. I want to go sing its praises across campus, to haul people down to the library and shove copies of Leviathan into their hands, to wander the country like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed scattering lovely books wherever I go. Okay, not so much that last one. But you get my point. But anyhow.
Edit The novel begins with Alek teaching Deryn how to fence on the spine of the Leviathan. However, their lesson is interupted by the attack of a gyrothopter and two German ironclads , the Goeben and the Breslau. Alek and Klopp take action without orders when they discover that the Goeben carries a Tesla cannon , but, although they manage to save the Leviathan, Alek is injured when Mr. Hirst shoots him with an air gun. During the battle, Deryn saves Newkirk from a burning Huxley. After the battle, Alek and his men are put under guard. When Dr.