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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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Dec 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk, research
Recommended to Guy by: Ami Greko
Read in December, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I'm still not clear on what defines something as steampunk, but Boneshaker is a great read on its own merits -- an intense mashup of survival horror and good old fashioned family drama. Priest's engaging adventure has zombies, pirates, airships, mad scientists, and underground lairs, but its strength comes from the most interesting trio of bad-ass, flesh-and-blood heroines I've come across in a long time-- Briar Wilkes, Lucy O'Gunning and Miss Angeline.

Primarily the story of Wilkes' attempt to rescue her son from a Civil War-era Blighted Seattle, Priest deftly juggles multiple storylines and a large supporting cast, sketching out just enough of the world beyond Wilkes' POV to leave me hoping she'll revisit the world of Boneshaker again. And again.

Highly recommended for fans of character-driven genre reads, on par with Jessica Rydill's grossly underrated Children of the Shaman.

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