Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld: Super fast young adult read, I finished the entire trilogy in a week. It re-imagines WWI as a conflict between nations that build machines (steampunk) and nations that evolve biological weapons, like a giant floating whale ship. Enjoyable and not too serious.
4/5 “there is more than one kind of freedom… freedom to and freedom from. in the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. now you are being given freedom from. don’t underrate it.” everything about this book is perfectly bleak in a way that makes you feel fearful, yet altogether hopeful, for the potential of the future.