In an alternate history setting of Seattle, Washington, during the late 1880's America, Briar Wilkes, daughter of mad inventor, Leviticus Blue, blame...more
In an alternate history setting of Seattle, Washington, during the late 1880's America, Briar Wilkes, daughter of mad inventor, Leviticus Blue, blamed for the destruction and downfall of their city several years prior, enters the dangerous, walled up, toxic gas infested inner city, by airship, to find and retrieve her runaway son, Ezekiel, who's determination to clear Leviticus Blue's name - while hoping to answer who is father is - could lead him to his death at the hands of zombies or possibly worse, maybe even becoming one himself.
Briar Wilkes is a strong and amazing female protagonist, which says a lot for how far this genre has come, especially, when you look back on where its roots started: with the late 1800's adventure fiction of Jules Verne and the early beginnings of the horror zombie films of George Romero.
A lot of this book, however, centers on Ezekiel. An intelligent boy and a fine, mostly charming character in his own right. But, his character may need to ripen before he is quite like his mom.
I feel that if the book had've kept the spotlight and focus more often on Briar Wilkes, and a little less on her son, Zeke, it would've easily been a full 5 stars for me.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Briar Wilkes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Still. No doubt whatsoever that I want to read this entire series. I thought it was very engaging and thoroughly interesting in its gas-choked, beautiful, dusty world. Full of memorable, perfectly realized characters & sequences, lots of eye-catching imagery, including, airships & air balloons, goggles, robotic contraptions, and... hordes of scary comin' straight atcho ass zombies!
Optioned for a movie, so fingers crossed it'll be pushed through to completion & be as closely impressive to the book as possible.
Anyone that didn't like this book should GO SMOKE A BIG FAT ONE, chiznilla for a minute, re-read it, chiznill some more, and lemme know how that worked out for ya.