Scott Westerfeld wins big at Aurelius Awards

Young Adult author Scott Westerfeld took home the award for Best Young Adult Novel for Leviathan at the Aurelius Awards last night. He even tweeted this photo of the award:

The Aurelius Awards recognize the best writing in science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Australian writers. You can view the complete list of winners online.

Meanwhile, learn more about Leviathan, the first book of Westerfeld’s newest trilogy (book 2 comes out later this year!) and is an awesome combination of literature & steampunk. In the book, Westerfeld creates this cool, hybrid reality that rewrites history with a science fiction twist. Fans of his Uglies series should definitely check it out!

Read the official synopsis & check out the book trailer below:

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

For the comments: Have you read Leviathan? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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