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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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Jan 18, 11

bookshelves: steampunk
Read from January 10 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy

This book is at its heart a really fun adventure novel, taking place in post-apocalyptic Seattle and full of zombies, crazy steampunk machines, and airships.

It's Seattle during the Civil War, and inventor Leviticus Blue has just released the Boneshaker machine on the city, a drilling monstrosity that frees the Blight--a gas that turns people into zombies. Fast forward to sixteen years later, and Seattle has been walled off to prevent further spread of the gas. But Leviticus Blue's son Zeke wants to prove he's not guilty of this heinous crime, and so goes searching for evidence inside the city. His mother Briar Wilkes follows him to bring him out.

I loved this book for Briar, who being the wife of a mad scientist has faced tons of adversity but still manages to be down-to-earth and kick-ass. I also loved the mysterious twist in the ending that keeps you reading. It does drag a little in the middle while the characters are busy settling into the city, but picks up at the end. And of course it gets points for being a really cool, perfectly envisioned world. I mean, who doesn't love zombies??
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Reading Progress

01/10/2011 page 135
32.0% "What better way to start the new year than with a steampunk-zombie-airship novel? This is so much fun that I got through more than 100 pages without realizing it. Also...gotta work on updating this account."
01/13/2011 page 255
61.0% "Definitely lost track of time reading this today..." 3 comments
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message 1: by Lindsey (new) - added it

Lindsey I am eager to try this one!


message 2: by Sue (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sue Yay! It was fun.


message 3: by Dana (new)

Dana I could not get into this one but I may give it another try.


message 4: by Sue (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sue It does drag in parts, but the ending moves fast. I might be partial to it because I thought the world was really cool...


message 5: by Lindsey (new) - added it

Lindsey Well, cool worlds can really sell a book.


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