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Liberator (Worldshaker #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  478 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Die Dreckigen, die mit ihrer Arbeit die Dampfturbinen des britischen Juggernauts, des Weltschiffs Worldshaker, in Gang halten, haben in einer Revolution die Herrschaft der feinen Leute von den oberen Decks gestürzt und den Worldshaker in Liberator, also Befreier, umbenannt. Doch die alten Mächte haben noch nicht aufgegeben: Sabotageakte erschüttern das Schiff, und schnell ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 23rd 2011 by Jacoby & Stuart (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jason Heck if I know, but here's a translation:

The filthy people who work with the steam turbines of the British Juggernaut, the world ship Worldshaker,…more
Heck if I know, but here's a translation:

The filthy people who work with the steam turbines of the British Juggernaut, the world ship Worldshaker, have in a revolution overturned the rule of the fine people from the upper decks and renamed the Worldshaker the Liberator. But the old forces have not given up: acts of sabotage shake the ship, and they are quickly blamed on the upper deck, even though they, like Col Porpentine, have stood on the side of the revolution. Riff, the leader of the revolution that helped her side with Col is now forced to ignore her friend. As the Juggernauts of other nations emerge to put an end to the revolutionary haunting on the Liberator, the most radical members of the Revolutionary Committee prevail, especially the beautiful relentless Lye, who now rules dictatorially. Lye is Col's fiercest enemy, and she skillfully removes Riff from her leadership role. But even though the rulers of the past are crowded together in a camp and have to fear for their lives every hour, Col risks his life defending the Liberator - and Riff.(less)

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Ranting Dragon
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle

(This review contains spoilers for Worldshaker by Richard Harland)

Liberator is the excellent sequel to Richard Harland’s 2009 steampunk adventure, Worldshaker, and once again the majority of the story takes place on the huge mobile city, now renamed to reflect its liberated status. While you do have to have read Worldshaker to fully appreciate Liberator, I personally found the entertainment value alone of both books more than worth the few hours it took to
Hexa Deville
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Riff. She is the best thing that has happened in this duology. Col, however, has been a complete useless and incompetent Swank who does nothing but drag Riff down. BUT, if he makes her happy, then at east he has SOME meaning in life, right?
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book as a previous one is very good at connecting themes together. There was some questions from book one that were answered here. Some questions were not answered possibly because author couldn't keep up with them nevertheless it did answer a lot of them.
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm no writer. I admit this. I'm not even a literary student of any kind. But I am a consumer of stories. And in my opinion this book has some of the worst flaws a writer can put into a story. Once driven, intelligent, and perceptive people are suddenly wishy washy, blind, and stupid because the writer doesn't seem to want to put effort into reaching a plot they want. Its really disgusting.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought the ending of the Worldshaker was it but it was good that it did and that Liberator was created.

It starts off with the attack of a saboteur and the power control within the Filthies.

I am not much of a fan of stories like this and I got bored at it and I feel like I was dragging myself again like in the first book about the happenings in this story, though there is one part of the story that got me interested. Right now, I just figured out that the entire story for me was like a rolle
Scout The Dog
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Liberator, and World Shaker, too. I think these books deserve a higher fan base. In my opinion, they weren't as great as other steampunk books I've read, like the Leviathan and Airborn trilogies, but still...Worldshaker and Liberator were awesome. I wish I'd never read them, so I could experience reading them for the first time all over again!
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. Note that links in blog reviews are not reproduced here and any updates or modifications which are made on the blog will not be replicated here.


Liberator is the sequel to Worldshaker and it’s really the same title since the name of the ship in the first volume was Worldshaker, but it has now changed to Liberator. I love that for some reason! This novel is set three months after the initial story, and whereas the original novel
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Liberator is the excellent sequel to Richard Harland’s 2009 steampunk adventure, Worldshaker, and once again the majority of the story takes place on the huge mobile city, now renamed to reflect its liberated status. While you do have to have read Worldshaker to fully appreciate Liberator, I personally found the entertainment value alone of both books mo
Liberator picks up in the months after the first book in the series, Worldshaker, ends. The ‘filthies,’ the (for all intents and purposes) serf class that operates the mammoth ship has taken over, and the politics of their endeavor are immediately snarled. They’ve renamed their ship the Liberator, but their former rulers are living in ghettos on the ship, even though they helped in the revolt and encouraged the uprising. The action is certainly tenser than in Worldshaker, and the story begins wi ...more
Courtney Lake
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-read
I was dissapointed by this sequel, but not as much as I thought I would be so it gets 3 instead of 2.

Liberator picks up where most of the distopia literature of today leaves off: After the Revolution has won. And here we see the usual fall-out of a takeover. Hostile retribution against the previous ruling class despite an initial cry of equality, an almost immediate restablishment of a ruling/elite class from within the revolution (Animal Farm anyone?) and the hopeful idealistic views of a few
Tahlia Newland
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, steampunk
This is a good book and well worth a read, but read the sequel, 'Worldshaker' first. In it you'll meet the juggernauts, huge machines on rollers or tracks that travel the world on steampower and use masses of coal. The jugernauts are basically cities on wheels and have a similar social strata as the real Victorian period.

The world Richard has created is quite amazing and well thought through. The machinery that runs these juggernauts are well described so that you get a sense of their enormous
Pamela Todd
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
As soon as I finished Worldshaker, I was more than eager to get my hands on Liberator. The story picks up three months after the revolution and the Filthies took control over the renamed juggernaut. Though they accomplished their goal, things for Riff and Col isn’t what they hoped. Tension is rife on the Liberator, with Filthies distrusting of the remaining ‘Swanks’, extremist Filthies pushing for more power and someone intent to bring the whole moving mountain to its knees.

The action is tenser
Adam Alexander
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a fun read set in a steam punk alternate history where the action is set on juggernauts, city-sized ships that seem to be all that is left of 19th Century European civilization. "Liberator" is the juggernaut containing the remains of the British Empire. In this alternative timeline, she has undergone a Red October type revolution that has put the underclass in charge. Anti-revolutionary juggernauts are out to get her and the Liberator herself is riddled with class tensions and post-revo ...more
Jeff Hardy
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When i was reading i noticed that this book was different then other future civilization books. Also as the book went on i realized the characters development was very well thought out. i also liked to place myself in the book and if i had been filthie i would have done what they had and taken over the ship so that i could go around and save other filthies on other ships. I think that as the writer was writing this book he wanted to write a future society book that was different then any other o ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
[Obviously this review contains spoilers for Worldshaker so, um, go read that one first.]

Worldshaker has been liberated, and the Filthies have renamed the juggernaut to Liberator. Col expects great and wonderful things from the union of upper and lower classes, but the new world isn't as perfect as he'd hoped. Instead of cohabitation, the Filthies are taking over. They're persecuting the "swanks," as the upper-class is now called, just as the swanks persecuted them. And then other juggernauts le
Ty Durbin
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you want to read a book with steampunk aspects and action, the book Liberator by Richard Harlan is the book for you. This book show that if want something you can achieve it with a lot of help from others and when you fully believe in yourself.

The plot of the Liberator starts after the liberation of the "Worldshaker" ,the filthies have taken over and they face the challenger of a saboteur causing havoc and making everyone frantic while the other juggernauts are coming to attack. The main prot
3.5 stars for Liberator

I do feel bad about how unimpressive and dull this review is. It's been a couple long months since I read it and I was never very taken with it in the first place. Maybe I'll get better at following this system. Who knows?

.5/1 star for plot
Political destabilization isn't my favorite thing, but it was pretty well-handled and it deserved its ending.

1/1 star for writing
Typical YA-heavy-handedness, but colorful and engaging. No cringe-worthy lines and no contradictions
Col, a Swank, was the future leader of the juggernaut Worldshaker when it was taken over by Riff and the Filthies, who worked in the Below of the ship keeping the engines and boilers running. Col and Riff are now working together to unify the Swanks and the Filthies, however a fanatical element within the Filthies is determined to eliminate the Swanks. In addition, there is a Swank saboteur on the loose who is not helping matters any.
Lots of action, adventure, and intrigue. As a sequel, it stand
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The sequel to "Worldshaker" picks up a few months after the events of the first book (go read it first, or yes, you'll feel lost). Once again, Mr. Harland keeps the writing tight, and allows his characters to experience pain, grow, discover things about themselves and each other... and kick some butt to boot!

I will confess that the "Dune" nod was perhaps a bit too much for me (I won't give details, for fear of spoilers). However, it wasn't nearly enough to ruin the book, and appeared sparingly.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to be a young adult to feel actual physical distress at the opening turns of events on the newly renamed juggernaut Liberator. Richard Harland delivers a (for me) very painful reminder that there are no quick fixes to entrenched inequality, and that being oppressed is not ennobling. Victims can become perpetrators as easily and unthinkingly as anybody else.

And I loved following the juggernaut on its adventure to Botany Bay to load coal.

With the same short chapters and whirlwind pa
Kate Forsyth
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liberator is the sequel to the fabulous steam-punk adventure, Worldshaker, which I read and enjoyed immensely last year. Richard Harland really knows how to construct a page-turner. The books are set on board a giant metal juggernaut that rolls over the world, carrying an entire city on its back. In Book 1, the juggernaut was driven by down-trodden and maltreated menials called Filthies. With the help of Col, one of the Upper Deck aristocrats, they rise up and seize control of the juggernaut. Li ...more
This brilliant sequel to Worldshaker follows the changed fortunes of Col and Riff as the juggernaut rolls on. Now the Filthies are in charge, and it's the Upper Decks people who are victimised and reduced to a ghetto-like existence.
The battle continues as the Filthies take over the juggernaut Worldshaker and rename it Liberator. A world of deception and betrayal ensues as the revolution turns radical. With Col now in the minority with his Swank friends, what will happen to his relationship with
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The class struggle is upon us! The Filthies, the slave underclass of the Juggernaut Worldshaker, overthrew the ship's aristocracy and instituted a Revolutionary council on the renamed "Liberator." All is not well as tyrants arise and manipulate the new government to their own ends. Col & Riff return for a new adventure in this alternate-history tale of 19th century colonialism (and really big machines!)
Danny Delacruz
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great writer. Not only was the story moving constantly but the characters were multidimensional, which I loved. I wanted Riff for myself. I'll admit it. Glad to have picked up this book. It reminded me of the revolutionary war and how the US fought for freedom. Five stars all the way. These pages could of been blank, but they weren't, they were filled with colorful images that made it a quick read.
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Sheralan M
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This book frustrated me, but in a way that made me keep reading, even though I really was mad at the characters through most of it. I won't say too much to make any spoilers, but characters I trusted from the first book didn't stand up for each other like I thought they should, not until it was too late. In the end though, I did enjoy the book. Again, it could be a bit shorter but has a lot of action.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steam-punk, novel
If you enjoyed 'Worldshaker', you will probably enjoy 'Liberator' just as much. Unlike most sequels, it remained on par with its predecessor in a similar setting. Riff, again, sometimes proved difficult to like (however, the author did fix her accent in this book...THANKFULLY) and Col was still somewhat uninteresting for a protagonist. However, just like the 1st book, it was fast-paced and engaging the whole way through. Highly recommend reading this.
Aus Classification: M (violence)
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is great to see Col growing into a bigger role and taking initiative in 'Liberator', a nice contrast to Riff taking on a leading role in 'Worldshaker'. Harland handles the relationships, the action and the Filthy-Swank tension so intricately that I would reread this book in a heartbeat. It has a well-written and elaborate plot even with so many rich characters and side missions leading up to the climactic action-packed scenes. Amazing read.
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I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
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