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Meanwhile, Zeke meets Rudy, a man who claims to be a highly decorated lieutenant. No cool gadgets or scientific experiments the breathing masks just don’t count. Honestly, when I read it I thought it was a YA novel. For one thing, the writing doesn’t tickle my innards and the characters are all pretty weak.

Everyone reunites and escapes to the surface. She thought about how the American Civil War could be been dragged out if this happened, then this, and then that. It startled her, but there was nothing salacious about the gesture so she didn’t flinch away from it. After his death, it is revealed that his name is actually Joe Foster and he was the husband of Princess Angeline’s daughter Sarah.

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For one thing, the writing doesn’t tickle my innards and the characters are all prett Sixteen years after Leviticus Blue reputedly robbed a string of banks and released the Blight using his drilling machine, the Boneshaker, his son Ezekiel goes back into the walled remains of Seattle, braving rotters and Doornails, to clear his name.

Then there’s the plot, and the narrative.

Lucy O’Gunning is the owner of an underground bar called Maynard’s named for Briar’s father in Seattle. On a bobeshaker run, the machine destroyed much of Seattle, killed thousands of people and released blight gas into the air. Minnericht and wants to kill him, succeeding in doing so with Briar’s help. She took offense to bonedhaker snobby, online comments that only the British could write steampunk because only the British had class issues, colonialism, an industrial revolution, wars, and so forth.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I am willing to keep going for a book or two, but the prospects are poor. Furthermore, Boneshaker is a misleading title since the Boneshaker doesn’t make an appearance until the chrrie end.

I could have used more focus on the people and their interactions, because that’s when it started to get more interesting in the last quarter of the book.


Protagonists whose most active role was to get themselves into cheriie city, and then who became fortunes of fate, as things happened to them. The main characters of Briar and Ezekiel have a believable dynamic and complexity to them.

He never removes his mask, and underneath his mask his face is heavily scarred with burns. Anxious Russian investors commission American inventor Leviticus Blue to create a machine which can mine through the ice of Russian-owned Alaska. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

View all 3 comments. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Think of the new technologies that might have been created! Posted at Shelf Inflicted Dazzling inventions, air pirates, evil bad guys, underground vaults, goggles, daring rescues, gold, Blight gas, a one-armed bartender, a princess, zombies.

Second, he had deep-seated doubts as to why this man who’d initially greeted him with threats of bodily harm might be moved to help. Or toilet breaks for that matter? Blue’s machine, The Bo This is one of the reviews here on Goodreads you will have the pleasure of reading in full right here.


Princess AngelineOften referred to as the princess is a Native American princess living in Seattle. But something goes terribly wrong in the Seattle basement where Blue is constructing the machine an accident?

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And so she finds her own way into Seattle, in search of her son…. View all 18 comments. Not only did the boneshaker destroy parts of the city, but from the underground tunnel came a gas, a gas that killed people or turned them into the walking dead, driven to attack and consume the living.

This essentially boils the entire book down into a family drama, which is nice enough on its own; but now add all the morally dubious yet sympathetic people the two meet along bonehaker separate journeys, from the massive yet kindhearted airship captain Jeremiah to the mechanical-armed tough-talking saloon owner Lucy, not to mention the dozens of fully realized incidental characters along the way. Spoiler Thread 1 6 Oct 09, Lists with This Book.

Which means that the thrilling Boneshaker will survive the ebb and flow of fashions and subgenres within the broad church of science fiction. That was something that was over before it started. In an effort to stop the gas from spreading further inland, the city built a giant wall around the contamination site, while the survivors stayed on in the proest suburbs.

I rarely because I’m cheap and OCD abandon a book.