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Worldshaker by Richard Harland
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Jan 15, 10

bookshelves: urban-fantasy, tweens
Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** In terms of understanding the factors that cause a powerful family to plot and twist the truth to create a good image, this book is fabulous, but readers not only get to see why family alliances are important but why a member of your own family might betray you.

It tackles the big issues such as gender and class.

However, the ending was inconclusive, I felt. Plot threads were not sufficiently tied up, particularly the thread involving the Menials and what happened to them at the end.

In terms of credibility, readers have to suspend disbelief quite a lot to accept that juggernauts can provide accommodation and comfortable living conditions for so many people, as well as how the Filthies were coerced onto the juggernaut in the first place.

The most poignant moment for me, and the one that caused me to see a secondary character as if she had a spotlight on her, involved Fossie sitting on the floor of the armoury intent on figuring out how her gun worked while shots were being fired all around her.

A good read, but a disappointing ending.
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