This pick was a disappointment. The cover, blurb, and prologue promised awesome airborn adventures, a kick-butt heroine, and more political intrigue tThis pick was a disappointment. The cover, blurb, and prologue promised awesome airborn adventures, a kick-butt heroine, and more political intrigue than it was able to fess up. And while yes, there were some air pirates and some steampunk in the details, I was left wanting more. A lot more. So what does the first in this series have to offer? I wish I could say I cared for the characters. There were crucial moments when Briar or Ezekial could have defined themselves. Instead the author didn't allow them to stand on their own and assistance conveniently came to their aid. Overall Boneshaker left millions of questions unanswered. Okay, maybe not millions, but a damn good many concerning the war, origins of the Blight, Dr. Minnericht explanations, ect. Maybe these issues will be addressed in subsequent books. At this point, +400 pgs later, I don't care.
But Amanda, you gave it three stars and haven't said anything positive. After writing this, I'm questioning my rating as well. Indeed it lives up to Westerfeld's review as having a "rollicking pace." This page turner's action and fabulous one-liners, "Whether or not they spoke English, they spoke gun", will appeal to teens and kept me going. There's alot of potential here that I do look forward to hearing what others say about the author's other novels. ...more