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|Type: Other||Author: Cherie_Priest|
|In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.
But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.
Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.
His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive. (from the website: http://theclockworkcentury.com/?page_id=18)|
|User: sfbell|| Boneshaker is one of the Clockwork Century novels from Cherie Priest. It is a Steampunk genre work based refreshingly in America, following her own historical timeline. For instance the Civil War did not end in 1865, Airships dot the skies, but it still rains in Seattle (a lot.)
Ms. Priest combines outstanding description and storytelling with intriguing characters who have tangible motivations. I found the characters realistic and constrained the way any real person would be. They get hurt, frustrated and lucky.
The book is a fun read dosed with enough historical accuracy to smudge the lines between Ms. Priest's version and what is in the text books. There is literally something for anyone in this book. The story line moves along at a well managed pace with plenty of twists and turns.
An outstanding summer read!|
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