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Book Trailer Thursday: Leviathan

When it came to making a book trailer for the series starter Leviathan, author Scott Westerfeld had more resources available to him than the usual $0.00 allotted by publishers. Or at least that’s the impression I get from this rather spectacular production, which is more exciting than the last 800 movie trailers I saw. The book is a World War I alternate history wherein the Clankers (those who put their faith in whiz-bang killing gadgets) wage war with the Darwinists (those who raise animals for battle, including what looks to be whale-blimps strapped with guns). In this video, Keith Thompson’s illustrations are brought to life in a herky-jerky manner that nails the whole steampunk vibe.

And the tagline is awesome: “Do you oil your war machines? Or do you feed them?” It seems to be working, too; the trailer has already been viewed over 38,000 times on YouTube, although some of the viewers seem to be a tad perplexed:

Ndarkplay09: me me me want that game ME!! where can I get it WHERE!!! TELL me? PLEASEEE (A)!

MonstroUK: It’s a book man. Not a game.

Ndarkplay09: a book , -.- , Grose
, -.-‘
nvm than, I wish it was a game though, would have been a nice one

Clearly “Ndarkplay09” is a Clanker.  Damn Clankers!

Verdict: Smashing. I had little interest in reading this book. Now I’m interested. Objective obtained.



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

2 Comments on "Book Trailer Thursday: Leviathan"

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  1.' Jerry says:

    I’m afraid that reading the book will spoil the trailer for me.

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