Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Goliath is the third and final book in the compelling steam punk trilogy, Leviathan. The Leviathan of the series title – a genetically engineered mutant whale airship – is still on its round-the-world mission with Alek (prince in hiding of the Austro-Hungarian empire) and Midshipman Dylan Sharp (Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy). Coming on board for the voyage towards New York is Nikola Tesla, with the knowledge of a weapon that could end the war. This fantastic series successfully melds speculative history and science into a wonderfully realised historical world of intrigue and adventure, beautifully illustrated by Keith Thompson.

Marie Matteson is from Readings Port Melbourne