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Liberator (Worldshaker #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  412 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Equality remains elusive in this stunning steampunk sequel to Worldshaker.

In the aftermath of the events of Worldshaker, the Filthies control the massive juggernaut, now called Liberator. Many members of the former upper class, called Swanks, have remained behind to help teach them how to operate the juggernaut and to build a new society together. But all is not idyllic
ebook, 496 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ranting Dragon
Sep 08, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle

(This review contains spoilers for Worldshaker by Richard Harland)

Liberator is the excellent sequel to Richard Harland’s 2009 steampunk adventure, Worldshaker, and once again the majority of the story takes place on the huge mobile city, now renamed to reflect its liberated status. While you do have to have read Worldshaker to fully appreciate Liberator, I personally found the entertainment value alone of both books more than worth the few hours it took to
I thought the ending of the Worldshaker was it but it was good that it did and that Liberator was created.

It starts off with the attack of a saboteur and the power control within the Filthies.

I am not much of a fan of stories like this and I got bored at it and I feel like I was dragging myself again like in the first book about the happenings in this story, though there is one part of the story that got me interested. Right now, I just figured out that the entire story for me was like a rolle
Jeff Hardy
Feb 02, 2016 Jeff Hardy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i was reading i noticed that this book was different then other future civilization books. Also as the book went on i realized the characters development was very well thought out. i also liked to place myself in the book and if i had been filthie i would have done what they had and taken over the ship so that i could go around and save other filthies on other ships. I think that as the writer was writing this book he wanted to write a future society book that was different then any other o ...more
Ty Durbin
Sep 18, 2014 Ty Durbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a book with steampunk aspects and action, the book Liberator by Richard Harlan is the book for you. This book show that if want something you can achieve it with a lot of help from others and when you fully believe in yourself.

The plot of the Liberator starts after the liberation of the "Worldshaker" ,the filthies have taken over and they face the challenger of a saboteur causing havoc and making everyone frantic while the other juggernauts are coming to attack. The main prot
Hexa Deville
Nov 17, 2014 Hexa Deville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Riff. She is the best thing that has happened in this duology. Col, however, has been a complete useless and incompetent Swank who does nothing but drag Riff down. BUT, if he makes her happy, then at east he has SOME meaning in life, right?
Scout The Dog
May 27, 2013 Scout The Dog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Liberator, and World Shaker, too. I think these books deserve a higher fan base. In my opinion, they weren't as great as other steampunk books I've read, like the Leviathan and Airborn trilogies, but still...Worldshaker and Liberator were awesome. I wish I'd never read them, so I could experience reading them for the first time all over again!
Courtney Lake
I was dissapointed by this sequel, but not as much as I thought I would be so it gets 3 instead of 2.

Liberator picks up where most of the distopia literature of today leaves off: After the Revolution has won. And here we see the usual fall-out of a takeover. Hostile retribution against the previous ruling class despite an initial cry of equality, an almost immediate restablishment of a ruling/elite class from within the revolution (Animal Farm anyone?) and the hopeful idealistic views of a few
May 11, 2014 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liberator picks up in the months after the first book in the series, Worldshaker, ends. The ‘filthies,’ the (for all intents and purposes) serf class that operates the mammoth ship has taken over, and the politics of their endeavor are immediately snarled. They’ve renamed their ship the Liberator, but their former rulers are living in ghettos on the ship, even though they helped in the revolt and encouraged the uprising. The action is certainly tenser than in Worldshaker, and the story begins wi ...more
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Liberator is the excellent sequel to Richard Harland’s 2009 steampunk adventure, Worldshaker, and once again the majority of the story takes place on the huge mobile city, now renamed to reflect its liberated status. While you do have to have read Worldshaker to fully appreciate Liberator, I personally found the entertainment value alone of both books mo
Tahlia Newland
Jun 18, 2011 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, steampunk
This is a good book and well worth a read, but read the sequel, 'Worldshaker' first. In it you'll meet the juggernauts, huge machines on rollers or tracks that travel the world on steampower and use masses of coal. The jugernauts are basically cities on wheels and have a similar social strata as the real Victorian period.

The world Richard has created is quite amazing and well thought through. The machinery that runs these juggernauts are well described so that you get a sense of their enormous
Pamela Todd
Jun 20, 2011 Pamela Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I finished Worldshaker, I was more than eager to get my hands on Liberator. The story picks up three months after the revolution and the Filthies took control over the renamed juggernaut. Though they accomplished their goal, things for Riff and Col isn’t what they hoped. Tension is rife on the Liberator, with Filthies distrusting of the remaining ‘Swanks’, extremist Filthies pushing for more power and someone intent to bring the whole moving mountain to its knees.

The action is tenser
Adam Alexander
This was a fun read set in a steam punk alternate history where the action is set on juggernauts, city-sized ships that seem to be all that is left of 19th Century European civilization. "Liberator" is the juggernaut containing the remains of the British Empire. In this alternative timeline, she has undergone a Red October type revolution that has put the underclass in charge. Anti-revolutionary juggernauts are out to get her and the Liberator herself is riddled with class tensions and post-revo ...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. Note that links in blog reviews are not reproduced here and any updates or modifications which are made on the blog will not be replicated here.


Liberator is the sequel to Worldshaker and it’s really the same title since the name of the ship in the first volume was Worldshaker, but it has now changed to Liberator. I love that for some reason! This novel is set three months after the initial story, and whereas the original novel
Feb 12, 2013 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
[Obviously this review contains spoilers for Worldshaker so, um, go read that one first.]

Worldshaker has been liberated, and the Filthies have renamed the juggernaut to Liberator. Col expects great and wonderful things from the union of upper and lower classes, but the new world isn't as perfect as he'd hoped. Instead of cohabitation, the Filthies are taking over. They're persecuting the "swanks," as the upper-class is now called, just as the swanks persecuted them. And then other juggernauts le
3.5 stars for Liberator

I do feel bad about how unimpressive and dull this review is. It's been a couple long months since I read it and I was never very taken with it in the first place. Maybe I'll get better at following this system. Who knows?

.5/1 star for plot
Political destabilization isn't my favorite thing, but it was pretty well-handled and it deserved its ending.

1/1 star for writing
Typical YA-heavy-handedness, but colorful and engaging. No cringe-worthy lines and no contradictions
Feb 17, 2016 Oni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, steam-punk
If you enjoyed 'Worldshaker', you will probably enjoy 'Liberator' just as much. Unlike most sequels, it remained on par with its predecessor in a similar setting. Riff, again, sometimes proved difficult to like (however, the author did fix her accent in this book...THANKFULLY) and Col was still somewhat uninteresting for a protagonist. However, just like the 1st book, it was fast-paced and engaging the whole way through. Highly recommend reading this.
Aus Classification: M (violence)
Danny Delacruz
Jan 08, 2015 Danny Delacruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great writer. Not only was the story moving constantly but the characters were multidimensional, which I loved. I wanted Riff for myself. I'll admit it. Glad to have picked up this book. It reminded me of the revolutionary war and how the US fought for freedom. Five stars all the way. These pages could of been blank, but they weren't, they were filled with colorful images that made it a quick read.
Jul 12, 2015 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: papier-sub-abbau
Würdige Fortsetzung zum ersten Teil Worldshaker, der mir noch einen Tick besser gefallen hat, da es deutlich spannender zugeht. Für Steampunk-Fans ist diese Dilogie sehr zu empfehlen, da die Elemente sehr gut eingebunden und nicht nur am Rande abgehandelt werden.
Col, a Swank, was the future leader of the juggernaut Worldshaker when it was taken over by Riff and the Filthies, who worked in the Below of the ship keeping the engines and boilers running. Col and Riff are now working together to unify the Swanks and the Filthies, however a fanatical element within the Filthies is determined to eliminate the Swanks. In addition, there is a Swank saboteur on the loose who is not helping matters any.
Lots of action, adventure, and intrigue. As a sequel, it stand
Jun 30, 2012 Indrani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to "Worldshaker" picks up a few months after the events of the first book (go read it first, or yes, you'll feel lost). Once again, Mr. Harland keeps the writing tight, and allows his characters to experience pain, grow, discover things about themselves and each other... and kick some butt to boot!

I will confess that the "Dune" nod was perhaps a bit too much for me (I won't give details, for fear of spoilers). However, it wasn't nearly enough to ruin the book, and appeared sparingly.
May 23, 2012 Thoraiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to be a young adult to feel actual physical distress at the opening turns of events on the newly renamed juggernaut Liberator. Richard Harland delivers a (for me) very painful reminder that there are no quick fixes to entrenched inequality, and that being oppressed is not ennobling. Victims can become perpetrators as easily and unthinkingly as anybody else.

And I loved following the juggernaut on its adventure to Botany Bay to load coal.

With the same short chapters and whirlwind pa
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
Catherine Siemann
A satisfying conclusion to Worldshaker; I was very aware that I was reading a book for younger readers.
Kate Forsyth
Liberator is the sequel to the fabulous steam-punk adventure, Worldshaker, which I read and enjoyed immensely last year. Richard Harland really knows how to construct a page-turner. The books are set on board a giant metal juggernaut that rolls over the world, carrying an entire city on its back. In Book 1, the juggernaut was driven by down-trodden and maltreated menials called Filthies. With the help of Col, one of the Upper Deck aristocrats, they rise up and seize control of the juggernaut. Li ...more
This brilliant sequel to Worldshaker follows the changed fortunes of Col and Riff as the juggernaut rolls on. Now the Filthies are in charge, and it's the Upper Decks people who are victimised and reduced to a ghetto-like existence.
The battle continues as the Filthies take over the juggernaut Worldshaker and rename it Liberator. A world of deception and betrayal ensues as the revolution turns radical. With Col now in the minority with his Swank friends, what will happen to his relationship with
I didn't like this book as well as the first book. I am glad the author continued on with the story, but some parts felt forced.
Oct 07, 2015 Carmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worldshaker and Liberator are my first steampunk reads. Very creative and engaging. Recommended for Middle School students.
Jul 01, 2015 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some characters in this book seemed to belong in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Lol
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