I thought that it would be a pretty hard task to follow up on such an exciting book as Leviathan, but this Behemoth was everything I could have wanted in a sequel. The intrigue and adventures have stepped up a notch and so have all the secrets flying about, but Westerfeld (who is fast on the way of possibly becoming one of my favorite YA writers) laid them all out in such a way that we could pick up the pieces ourselves over time, instead of barraging us with them all at once.
While I usually prefer coming up with the appearances of the characters in my own head, Keith Thompson's illustrations are so beautifully detailed and charming that I'm actually happy that we're given this glimpse into Westerfeld's dual worlds. I don't think I could have come up with such extraordinary images on my own.
My one complaint is that I'll have to wait until October to find out what happens next.