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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 29th 2009
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Series: The Clockwork Century (#1)
I'm not a fan of steampunk. In fact, if you want me to lose interest in something, just tell me that it's steampunk. The idea of it doesn't bother me as much as the people who treat it like a religion, but I tend to avoid it as much as I can. It just doesn't hold much interest for me. As to how I ca...
Boneshaker is the first in a series the author has called 'The Clockwork Century', which as I understand it are more books set in a shared universe than an actual series. I first picked up a copy of this book back in 2011 and, for some reason I can't recall, never got around to reading anything else...
Briar Wilkes is the widow of a mad man and great inventor, the late Dr. Blue. She and her teenage son, Ezekiel, must live with the everlasting shame of the horrible disaster Dr. Blue’s mining engine (Boneshaker) caused to downtown Seattle. Blight gas was released all those years ago, turning hundred...
Despite the fact that I had read another book by Cherie Priest and didn't find it all that great, I had read good things about Boneshaker and hoped to really like it. That feeling never came, though. While the plot is good, the characters feel flat and it's hard to really care all that much about an...
The setting was very intriguing--definitely the strongest aspect of the book, and I really wished that it was even more developed--but the plot seemed weak: there are only so many extended zombie chase scenes that I can handle before I automatically start skimming. Still, I read it in an evening and...